Tiramisu Cupcakes

The Story #1:

If enough people email me to make a recipe for something, I get around to it.  But really, these cupcakes were brilliant.  They are not an overly sweet cupcake and perfect for a special occasion.

Story #2:

Coffee.  I don’t drink it, so this cupcake made me nervous.  I went to the grocery store, it took me 10 minute to find the coffee aisle (I swear they were hiding in from me!) and then I stood in the aise for another 15 minutes not understanding ANYTHING.  Instant, granules, cappuccino, macchiato, Nestle, Folgers, singles… None of it made any sense.  I even got desperate and called my coffee drinking friends, but they failed me as well.  When I finally decided on a kind, there were no directions on the bottle!  If they print direction on Pop-Tarts, why are there not directions on instant coffee?

Well thanks to google, I figured it all out.[end-story]

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake:
1 box White Cake Mix
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup strong coffee
Filling:
8 oz mascarpone
1 tablespoon strong coffee
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Whipped Topping:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pan with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, gently whisk egg whites, egg, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla.
4. Stir cake mix into wet ingredients.
5. Using half of the batter, fill cupcake liners about 1/3 full.
6. With the remaining cake batter, add the strong coffee and mix. (You may need to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of flour to thicken the batter.)
7. Scoop the coffee cake batter over the regular batter so that each cupcake liner is filled about 3/4. (So you have one layer of vanilla cake and a top layer of coffee cake.)
8. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
9. Filling: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl using a spoon.
10. Topping: Using a whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add in heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form.
11. To assemble, cut a cone shaped piece of cake out the top of each cupcake (make sure cakes are cooled). Generously spoon in your filling. Pipe your whipped topping over the hole with the filling and top with chocolate shavings and cocoa powder.

Notes

*For my strong coffee, I mixed about 1/3 cup boiling water with 4-5 teaspoons instant coffee. Then I measured my coffee from that. Adjust recipe using more or less coffee depending on how much you like the flavor of it.

113 thoughts on “Tiramisu Cupcakes

  1. 1
  2. 2
    Leigh Ann says:

    I Have to try this for girl’s night!
    Thanks! You’re a genius!

  3. 3
    Carrie Rollins says:

    I am one of the ones that has been begging to a Tiramisu cupcake recipe!!!! Wahooo!!!!!!! I am SO excited to give this a go!*

  4. 4
    Kimberly says:

    Great recipe! I’ve noticed you recommend sifting and stirring in your cake mix, do you think this produces a better batter as opposed to using a stand mixer? Thanks!

  5. 5

    These look so indulgent! How fun would they be at an elegant party or bridal showder?

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    ciel says:

    Lizzy,

    I am not a coffee drinker either but I do like the flavor of it (like in Jamoca Almond Fudge or French Silk ice cream). I would rather eat my coffee than drink it!!
    Thank you for posting this recipe; it does look incredible.
    Where again do you source the dark brown liners?

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    Laurie says:

    I found coffee extract in the grocery store (located in baking aisle)… haven’t had a chance to use it yet. You would have to adjust your liquids in the recipe a little, but just a thought and maybe something to consider since you aren’t a coffee drinker! By the way — these look amazing! Cannot wait to try them!

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    Elaine says:

    oh you had me at Tiramisu…i’m going to alter with my Gano Coffee…will post to let you know how it tastes…but i already know it will be lovely.

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    Fatima says:

    I just make some last weekend, I follow your directions to bake a yellow cake mix and made also a type of syrup to brush my cupcakes, I used Nescafem, a little bit of ChocoVine and sugar and brush my cupcakes and let them absorb the syrup for 30 mins. then I made a cream with butter, mascarpone and confectionary sugar and scoop on top of the cupcakes and sprinkle it with some cocoa powder….DELISH!! even my daughter loves them…she doesnt likes sweets or cakes!! I am now anxiuos to try your recipe.

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    Heidi says:

    Due to the heavy cream do these need to be refrigerated??

    • 10.1
      Lizzy Mae says:

      If it is over night, then yes. But if it is just during the day that they will be on your counter, then I wouldn’t worry about it. But you should try to fill and frost your cupcakes within a few hours of your event. You don’t want them to get soggy :(

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    Leslie says:

    These look amazing! I love the taste of coffee and grew up with it, but I always use pero instead. It is super easy to work with and it’s made from barley. :)

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  13. 13

    Wow, these look fabulous! I’m a coffee drinker but I admit that I have run up to the local gas station and grabbed a cup of strong coffee and used it for my recipes.

  14. 14
    Rachel says:

    These look fantastic. I found them on Pinterest. I’m going to give them a try today. Now, did you find this hard to make?

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  16. 16

    Tiramisu is my FAVORITE dessert. I am not a coffee drinker but I love tiramisu. I am pinning this now so I can make these little beauties later.

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    Melissa says:

    I made these for Easter dessert today. They were awesome and everyone loved them. Next time, , i will make double the filling because I used it up on 12 cupcakes (I might have went a little crazy). They were super easy and delicious!

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    Barbara says:

    Hi Lizzy,
    I think all your cupcakes are wonderful!!! I do have a question…. Do you grease or spray Pam on your liners before you fill them with batter? Sometimes my cupcakes stick to the liners if I don’t spray them first.
    Thanks and looking forward to more tutorials and delicious cupcakes!!!

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    Skye says:

    I just made these sweet little pieces of heaven for my hubby and his coworkers, and they are DIVINE!! This recipe is genius. Am so glad I found your site:) Thanks, girl!!

  20. 20
    Jenni says:

    I made these and the Grasshopper cupcakes for my Birthday Party this past weekend and both turned out fabulous. I brought the leftovers to work today (two days later) and everyone is amazed. Since I knew I was making both varieties (plus one more for a couple of dairy intolerant friends), I made them as mini cupcakes and that makes a TON of cupcakes – one regular cupcake equals 3 minis using my mini muffin pans. Anyways, thanks for the awesome recipes! I’ve also made the Cinnamon Toast Crunch ones and the Oreo ones (with the Oreo on the bottom) – all of them have been delicious!

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    Patti says:

    Good info! Thanks for sharing with us on your blog.

  22. 22
    Susan says:

    Ok… You had me at tirimesu :) I’ll have to try it this weekend. but my grocery store doesn’t carry Mascarpone. So, I did some digging, and found a recipe substitute.
    Allrecipes.com
    8oz cream cheese
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    2 tablespoon butter, softened

    Blend together in bowl until smooth. Use in place of Mascarpone.

    Thought I’d would share that :) I read the reviews, and a few said it tastes like the cream cheese is a bit over powering. I’m sure there’s a way to fix that…

    • 22.1
      Edith says:

      Thank you for this idea, Susan. I made these this weekend using 4 oz of cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup heavy cream. The cream cheese did not overpower the flavors once combined.

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    Cindy says:

    I made these today for my parents 60th anniversary dinner, they were a huge hit, thank you very much!

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    Enola Mathias says:

    I stopped drinking coffee a while ago because it made me very nauseous, but I’ve always loved Tiramisu as a dessert. I had these cupcakes at a neighbor’s party. They were Brilliant!!!!!. To date I have never eaten a dessert faster. I can’t wait to make these cupcakes on my own.

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    Aurelia says:

    Can I have one right now? Pleeeaaase???

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    carmella says:

    These were very moist, richly decadent, and a total hit!! I made them the night before so the flavors would have time to marry. The only changes I made was I added rum to the marscapone filling, and to the whipped topping, used dark cocoa powder and salted chocolate shavings on the top. The coffee flavor wasn’t as intense as I would have liked, but that’s because my coffee wasn’t strong enough . Next time I will change that……oh yes, there will be a next time! ;D

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    Alyssa says:

    Hi! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Tiramisu is my absolute favorite dessert! I just have one question. How well does the cream cheese frosting hold up cupcake-wise? I made cream cheese frosting for some cupcakes a couple weeks ago and the recipe failed, the frosting wasn’t stiff enough and just fell of my cupcakes. How is the texture of this frosting?

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    Emily V. says:

    Hi, love this recipe…just one question, since I am new at baking…do you dissolve the coffee first or do you just add it as is (powder)…thanks for the recipe, I will make these for my son’s 14th bday.

  30. 30
    Emily V. says:

    I think I found out the answer already, thanks :)

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    Patricia Wooten says:

    Where do you get your liners from? I would love grease proof liners! A customer of mine wants these for a bridal shower this Sunday and I plan to make this recipe with a couple of changes ;-) wish me luck!

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    Enid says:

    This recipe is AMAZING! I served the cupcakes at our neighborhood party “Italian Night” theme and they flew off the display. I even used the center cut “cones” with some extra mascarpone cheese and topping as a trifle. DIVINE!! I certainly give this recipe 5 stars. YUMMY! Nice work! I can see you know your way around a cupcake!

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    Kristi F. says:

    I plan on making these to sell in a deli they will be possibly be stored in the fridge overnight. I read on one of the other posts that they may get soggy :( Is that because of the filling or the frosting? Will they be so soggy that I should skip this recipe?

    • 33.1

      They would only turn soggy after a long period of time because of the filling. Just test it out and see, that’s the only way to really know

    • 33.2
      Belinda says:

      I made them in the evening and allowed them to sit overnight; a couple of them sat all the next day and they were still fantastic. I think they would have to sit for quite a long time to get soggy. You should be fine.

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    Kanchan says:

    Can u please be more specific about one box of white cake mix, how many oz’ s . Thank you!

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    Sharon says:

    LOL..I don’t drink coffee either, so I would be just as stumped as you were…so as I’m reading down the ingredient list I see you calling for strong coffee…..and I’m like…..????? Does she mean already made? Dry Instant Coffee or what.. ..so I continued down and was so glad to see you had written in that it was indeed in liquid form and how to make it…While I won’t be able to eat this (I’m unfortunately one of those rare people who are actually allergic to coffee….I’ve run into 5 people in my lifetime that have this problem also.), I have a sister who absolutely loves Tiramisu and another sister that does very classy entertaining. These will be perfect for both of them…so will be passing on the recipe for these lovely (and I’m sure ) very tasty delicacies.

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    Aurelia says:

    Looks amazing, like a wonderful fluffy tiramisu just for me! ;-)

  37. 37

    Hi Lizzy, I tried your Tiramisu recipe for a dessert table I did last weekend. They were THE HIT of the bash. They were moist and delicious. Thank you so much.

  38. 38
    Tammy says:

    Hi Lizzy,
    These look so delicious just a question or two….does the coffee “bake” out or could you use postum or pero instead or could you just omit it all together w/out ruining the deliciousness? (Just not a coffee girl) OR could you create a recipe w/out the coffee? LOVE YOUR CREATIONS! Thanks!

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    Katie says:

    I actually took this recipe and your pumpkin cupcake recipe and made a starbucks pumpkin spice latte cupcake, and they were amazing! so Thank you!

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    Reena says:

    Hi Lizzy,

    These look great! They are in the oven as we speak! Question though, it is for a birthday tomorrow evening…should I wait to make the filling and frosting? I know you were saying to wait to fill and frost a few hours beforehand but can I make these 2 components and just refrigerate until it’s time to prepare tomorrow? Just curious as to how the texture would be if I made these ahead of time just to save time tomorrow ;) Thanks!

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    Lisa says:

    I have tried this recipe twice in the last two weeks. It was great the first time and even better the second. I made a few improvements in my piping skills. I had many compliments on the Tiramisu cupcakes, flavor and presentation. This a recipe for my files. I plan to try many more of your recipes.

    Thanks

  42. 42
    Jennifer says:

    Hi Lizzy!
    A great recipe as always! my family loved this. I saw this, http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/11/classic-and-not-so-classic-thanksgiving.html, pumpkin tiramisu on pinterest, how about a pumpkin tiramisu cupcake??

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    silvia says:

    Hello! It sounds delicious! I have a question, instead of a cake mix from a box can I just do a simple vanilla cake?
    I don´t live in the states and for me it is easier to do it from scratch.
    thanks for your response.

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    Sarah says:

    Hi!

    Looks amazing. Any suggestions for doing this recipe using flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. instead of a box of white cake mix?

    Thanks!

  45. 45

    Thanks for finally writing about >Tiramisu Cupcakes – Your Cup of Cake <Loved it!

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    Melanee says:

    What brand of coffee did you use?

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    belovedsoul says:

    Can I add dark rum to either the filling or the frosting? Also, would you recommend that the filling be made a day in advanced to the rest of the recipe? Can I use the filling as the frosting and the frosting as the filling? Just wondering. I’m going to make this over the weekend. Can’t wait! Thank you

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    Leslie says:

    OMG!! I love these!! How well would these hold up for an outdoor wedding??
    My wedding is in June and I am sure here in the valley it will be well into the 90′s.
    How far in advance can I make these??

    • 50.1

      They should hold up fine, but only frost right before you put them out. And I would even chill the frosting before so it goes on a little cold. You can make the cakes a few days in advance and keep them in tupperwares.

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    Robin says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest while looking for a tiramisu recipe for Easter… I can not put into words how amazing the cupcakes were!!! Everyone LOVED them!!! They were very easy to make! I made the cake/coffee cake the day before and put them in the refrigerator over night so I could do the filling/frosting the next day before our gathering. I used a melon baller to cut out the hole for the filling (then shamelessly ate each ball of yummy cake). The frosting… A-MAZING!!!!!! Seriously!!! It made enough to generously frost each of the cupcakes and I had about 2 cups left over, which my husband and kids ate right out of the bowl with spoons. It was sweet but not too sweet. Honestly one of the BEST frostings I have ever tasted!!! Everyone loved the cupcakes and almost everyone specifically said they loved the frosting!!!

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    Maila Patubo says:

    Hi Lizzy,

    OH MY GOSH, I made these cupcakes this friday ( 4/19/13), brought it to my co workers and they totally liked it, the coffeecake itself was soo moist , not too sweet, and the filling and frosting with the combination of powdered chocolate and chocolate shavings are to die for.
    Thank you for a great recipe.

    Maila

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    Jacqueline says:

    Hi, may I ask the measurement for “1 Cup”? I tried to follow the recipe but the mixtures can only fill in a few cupcake liners…. Is there something wrong when I mix the ingredients?
    Btw, I am using a 460g box size white cake mix.

    Thanks a tons!!!!

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    Lia says:

    Do i just add the un whipped heavy cream to the cream cheese and whip it with the cream cheese? will it hold well?

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    A Fan says:

    I made these last night… I filled them and they sat in the fridge overnight. I made the topping in the morning and piped them 1 hour before the event. I topped with a chocolate covered espresso bean and cocoa powder. They looked amazing and got rave reviews. Seriously amazing and incredibly easy. There were no leftovers!

  57. 57
    Jennifer says:

    My kids and I made these for my husband for Father’s Day, because he LOVES tiramisu. They were divine!!! The only problem I had was with the frosting. I made it too early I think… I had nice peaks, but as it sat, they fell so I whipped it some more. Is it possible that I over-whipped it? It still tasted unbelievable, but the cupcakes were very messy and not quite as pretty. ;-)

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    Eliana says:

    These look delicious! I’m going to try them (and probably blog about how delicious they were) :)

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    Marla-pup says:

    I don’t own a stand mixer and/or a whisk attachment..Only a hand mixer…Will I still be able to make this recipe?

    • 59.1

      yes, just make sure you really beat the cream cheese until smooth and then take your time beating in the heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese because you don’t want clumps of cream cheese in your mixture.

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    Naila Hassam says:

    Do you use large eggs or medium? Thanks

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    Kat says:

    Amazing! instead of the vanilla I put amaretto into the icing – it is sooo tasty!!! thanks for the recipe!

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    Seb says:

    Is there a difference between recipes for regular cupcakes and mini cupcake maker recipes? Can I also use this for babycake maker?

    • 62.1

      I haven’t used one of those makers before! So I don’t really know, My batter is thicker than normal recipes, which should work well with those makers! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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    Shumi says:

    Can I use yellow cake mix instead?

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    Patti says:

    This sounds delicious! May I ask what type of chocolate shavings and cocoa you used?

    Thank you!

    • 64.1

      I just grated some chocolate chips on my cheese grater to make the chocolate shavings :) And as for the cocoa it was either Hershey’s or Trader Joe’s unsweetened cocoa powder!

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    aysha says:

    they look amazing! want to make them but not the the cake box mix please could you tell me how many grams flour and which type self raising or plain how much baking powder and also sugar and butter unsalted or salted please and is it ok not to add oil and what is the difference with it many thanks cant wait to try them please reply!!

  66. 66

    HI! These cupcakes are so cute!
    I am featuring them in a cupcake roundup on my blog tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Mignon says:

    I just made these and I think I went wrong somewhere. The min I pulled them out they started to sink. I’m going to try again but I dont know what I couldve done wrong. Teh vanilla cake part was good — fluffy and moist. The coffee cake part was gooey and the texture was off. Any ideas?

    • 67.1

      You filled the cupcakes AFTER you baked and let them cool right?

      • Mignon says:

        Yes. This was before I even filled them. I pulled them from the oven and they immediately started to sink. I let them cool, cracked one open and the vanilla cake on the bottom looked great, the coffee cake on top looked gooey, dense and unbaked.

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    manuela says:

    I was wondering if you could use half and half whipping cream and instead of buttermilk just regular milk?

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    Maria says:

    I just realized I made theses and forgot the oil

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    Maria says:

    For some reason my whole comment didn’t post before. Anyway, I forgot the oil, but had added a little extra sour cream. The batter seemed liquids enough. I made 12 regular cupcakes and 6 jumbo. I cooked them for the appropriate time and did the clean knife test. Yet, when I took them out of the oven to cool, they all sank. Any thoughts on how to avoid this next time…although I guess since I need to fill them, they should be ok, right?

    • 71.1

      Sometimes cupcakes fall because of the ovens or if you checked them too early or other silly reasons. My cupcakes fall sometimes but I just pipe on my frosting and they still look gorgeous!

  72. 72

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    abiola showunmi says:

    Pls any other substitute for d cake mix, because i dnt knw where to get a cake mix. Tanx

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    Kay Mercury says:

    I love this recipe!! Have made it many times and it is a huge hit in my family, I know that traditional tiramisu has rum, could I replace the vanilla extract in the cake for rum extract?? would you be able to taste the rum in the cake ??

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