Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tiramisu Cupcakes

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.
It was mandatory to make the marscapone, savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits, zabaglione, and pastry cream using their given recipes. I hate to tell you but I failed.

First of all this has been a busy month. My best friend (we have been friends since 3rd grade) had her first baby and I had to be there. Traveling was required which ment that I definitely did not have the 2-3 days required to complete this challenge. But time was not my only adversary. Secondly I did not have the funds available to even somewhat follow this recipe (or even the one i did make for that matter). 

I really look forward to our monthly challenges... as a full time mom it gives me something to do for me. And so I decided to make something inspired by this month's challenge. It doesn't count but it makes me happy.

Tiramisu Cupcakes

this makes 18 cupcakes

1 (18 1/4oz) package yellow cake mix (i know. i used a cake mix. hate me if you want.)
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
water or strong coffee

Make cupcakes according to directions except replace water with strong brewed coffee or espresso if you wish. Bake and cool. Prick cupcakes with a fork or toothpick. The more holes the more coffee they will soak up in the next step. But don't go too overboard.

1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso
1/4 cup sugar

Mix these until the sugar dissolves and let cool. Brush over cooled cupcakes a little at a time until the cakes soak up all of the liquid.

1 cup heavy cream (or 8 oz cool whip)
5 oz mascarpone (or substitute*)
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
3 tbs marsala wine or coffee liquor (optional)

Whip heavy cream. Combine mascarpone and sugar. Fold in to whipped cream. Add alcohol if desired... if you choose not to you may want to add some milk depending on the consistency of your filling / topping.

Now use your piping bag to fill the cupcakes. (Push tip of piping bag into center of cupcake. Squeeze icing into cupcake until the top of the cake cracks a bit or overflows with a bit of filling.)
Top cupcakes with left over filling. (If it's too thin you can add some cream cheese and icing sugar.)

This is the kind of cupcake that you will need to eat with a fork. You will also want to use a foil or silicone cupcake liner as a paper one will get soggy and fall apart.
This is my very talented and beautiful sister in law B helping develop this recipe and using her mad piping skills  to make these cupcakes look like hydrangea blooms.

Faux Mascarpone 
(for cheapskates and posers)

8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup whipping cream (i had to use half & half because it's all i had.)
2 1/2 tbs sour cream

combine all ingredients and mix well until smooth.

and then last but not least here is the beautiful little one. she really started walking all the time this month and is so busy. she wants to be outside 24/7. whew. it's been a busy month and i am exhausted. hope that all of you are doing well.

To check out some real daring bakers challenges just follow the link.


p.s. does anyone know if we are only allowed to miss 2 challenges a year or if it's 2 unexcused challenges?


  1. These look FANTASTIC! I want to make these for myself for my birthday. Great pictures, too!


  2. these are the cutest, I love your pink silicone cupcake liners! And your sister in law did a wonderful job piping. Even though you couldn't bake w/ us this month, these tiramisu cupcakes are with us in spirit. Great work!

  3. Oh, I had not seen your challenge before coming here !
    Your Tiramisu Cupcakes version are absolutely cute ! What a beautiful idea.

    (Concerning the number of challenge we are allowed to miss, I have already missed several challenges, and I do not have problems so I think that we can miss more than 2 challenges ;) )

  4. Wow, the hydrangea blooms look amazing! How did you (or your sister in law) make them????? As to your question: "Regardless of how many times you comment in the “Can’t participate this month” thread of the private forums, if you miss more than 4 challenges, you’ll be removed." AND "If you haven’t left a comment regarding missing 2 in a row, you’ll be removed." (cited from Daring Kitchen FAQ)

  5. Those look amazing- You are one fancy baker + I just adore your header picture, how incredibly sweet your little bun is.


  6. WOW, I am such a fan of Tiramisu and I make the best if I may say so myself. But, these look so much better than mine. They are amazing. I will try this for sure though I don't know if I'll manage the top!