Friday, July 11, 2008

Tiramisu Cake

This is my first attempt in making this cake. I have been wanting to make this for the longest time but back then, whenever I took up a packet of Finger biscuits at the supermarket to read the ingredients by the side of the packet, the one ingredient called Mascarpone cheese would leave me stumped. Sounded so mafia-ish. Then of cause, there was the baileys or some other coffee based liqueur that is needed. And because of all that, I will set the packet of biscuits down and carry on dreaming that one day, I might learn enough to just try it.

But in life, sometimes just happened. My friend Sue told me that she made an order of a Tiramisu cake for father's day. Round about that time, I was looking at babe's blog to check on a recipe when I stumbled across her Donna Hay's Chocolate Tiramisu post which looked so beautiful. Was already tempted then, so went out and got myself a packet of the sponge fingers. But nothing happened as somebody in the house ate the packet of sponge fingers :( before I could get around to doing anything with them.

Anyways, made another attempt to make it last month. Got all the ingredients except the liqueur and an angel in the form of Sue, out of blue, gave me a small bottle of a coffee based liqueur (which I forgot to ask her what exactly was it). So, all ingredients were ready and available... no more excuses. Haha.. I even got a recipe from Sue which she sent via YM. Made some slight adjustments to her recipe as it was rather complicated and used quite a lot of sugar (I am really getting worried with all the cakes and other sweet stuff that I have been downing recently... and I think some of my test bunnies would agree too) and this was the outcome.....


250g Mascarpone
25g icing sugar
150ml of brewed coffee, chilled
300ml of double cream
45ml of coffee liqueur
12 pieces of sponge fingers
bitter sweet chocolate and cocoa powder for decoration

  1. Put mascarpone and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat it up.
  2. Place in about 30ml o f the coffee into the the mixture and mix well with a spatula. Set aside
  3. Place the double cream into another bowl and add in the half the coffee liqueur. Beat that until the mixture peaks
  4. Add this cream mixture into the mascarpone mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour the remaining coffee and coffee liqueur into a flat plate. This is used for soaking the sponge fingers
  6. I used a bread loaf pan for my Tiramisu. Before this, you must line the pan so as to make removal of the Tiramisu easier later.
  7. Pour half the cream and mascarpone into the pan. Smoothen it with your spatula.
  8. Take 8 sponge fingers out of the packet and soak each finger quickly into the remaining coffee and coffee liqueur mixture. Do not leave it too long as the entire biscuit will disintegrate.
  9. Line the fingers along the pan in one layer
  10. Pour in the rest of the cream and mascarpone mixture into the pan.
  11. Repeat steps 7 and 8.
  12. If you have any coffee and coffee liqueur mixture left, just dribble it on the 2nd layer of sponge fingers
  13. Wrap up the pan with cling film and leave it in the fridge for 4 hours or more.
  14. Serve chilled

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Anucia said...

wow..pretty impressive for a first try :)

like you, i've shied away from tiramisu coz i just dont know what mascarpone is, or where to get it from..can we only get it from specialty baking shops?

btw, how do you make the choc shavings there? adds a nice touch :)
mine always turns out like choc dust

YozoraNiteSky said...
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YozoraNiteSky said...

hi anucia. thank you for dropping in :). yeah, i got mine from the bakery shop.. in this case, Bake with Yen. Actually, if you live around Cheras, there is a shop called 8P. They have the best price for Mascarpone in town. The chocolate shavings is done using a vegetable peeler. Nice hor..

royz said...

Looks absolutely delicious! Tiramisu cakes has always been my favorite though it is not easy to find a very good one. Found one at a cafe in Balakong years ago. I would love to try baking one (err..asking the missus to bake one)but rather go and buy one. Reason? if its not good can't scold her..:) and I still have to finish the damn cake.

Che-Cheh said...

Hahaha guess what? That's what exactly happened to me. Been meaning to make tiramisu but every time have to balk. Wonder where I can get coffee liqueur. Do you know?

The final outcome for this recipe taste wise ok ar?

YozoraNiteSky said...

royz: haha. i understand exactly how you feel coz when the cake turns out lousy, guess who has to finish the whole damn cake.. me and my dustbin. But there are 2 types of tiramisu, one with sponge fingers and one with sponge cake.I prefer the fingers

che-cheh: i finally took the plunge. The coffee liqueur can be bought in very little bottles (same size as those essence bottles) from 8P bakery shop in cheras. I thing you may find them in others too.

The final outcome tasted ok, not sweet at all. Must wait for my test rabbits to come back with the feedback, namely Joyce, Jean and Mumsey :)

babe_kl said...

wahh look so pretty lah. hmm must make it to 8P one day, quite near my MIL house

YozoraNiteSky said...

i think maybe have to add a little more sugar lah.. not sweet at all. oh, i noticed that 8P priced their Mascarpone Cheese the cheapest of all the bakery shops..don't even mention the hypermarkets :)

twosuperheroes said...

Dear Y, your tiramisu cake looks so gorgeous!! OMG. I love tiramisu! Want to try making this also... But first of all, need to know what exactly is coffee liqueur and sponge fingers..*blushing* :p

YozoraNiteSky said...

Dear supes.. this is a definitely to try cake for you as it is also a non-baked cake. The coffee liqueur and sponge fingers can be bought at some of the bakery shops. sponge fingers could be bought at some of the supermarkets like Cold Storage. If you need more help, do drop me a line yeah :)

zaitgha said...

me too prefer sponge fingers to sponge cake for tiramisu....

btw i have linked your blog to my other blog as that one would have a bit of story behind the cakes or the food i make ....sorta reminder for me he he....

LZmommy said...

I have wanted to make this for a long time too but never get to it :p Yours looks good and yummy too!

YozoraNiteSky said...

zaitgha: thank you for linking my blog .. i have also linked your DIDO blog to my SS blog ;)..

LZmommy: this recipe is easier.. coz I have seen a few which are a little more complicated. thank you for your compliment.. i only saved a little piece for myself.. i think i am turning into a class 1 diabetic soon after all these sweet stuff :D

Rachel said...

wow..This is your first?? I would have thought it was make by a Professional!!!

I got the recipe too but just too lazy to get started...

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi Rachel.. thank you for you compliment.. i really hope it is not beginners' luck :). you must give it one try.. as a lot of people seem to like this cake.. maybe it is not heavy as it has so little sugar and no flour :D

Anonymous said...

hey! can i actually omit the liqueur??