Cupcakes de Tiramisu are Treats For Adults

Cupcakes de Tiramisu are Treats For Adults

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I can’t help it – Tiramisu is one of my favorite Italian desserts! I could eat an entire pan of it, but these Cupcakes de Tiramisu are a much better option for my waistline and health.

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Maybe because it is so unique? Maybe it’s rich layers of flavors of coffee and chocolate combined with decadent filling? I am not sure but I find myself craving this magical combination and that led to this creation.

Is Tiramisu safe to eat?

One of the most commonly asked questions is: Is Tiramisu safe to eat? That is the thing about ethnic desserts, they are often misunderstood. Does Tiramisu Have Raw Eggs? Yes, in a traditional tiramisu recipe, which is often prepared using raw egg yolks.

If you can find pasteurized eggs at the grocery store, those are safe to consume raw. They’ve already been heated to a safe temperature within the shells. This isn’t an issue when looking at our Cupcakes de Tiramisu recipe though, raw eggs aren’t involved.

Does tiramisu have alcohol in it? No. Traditionally tiramisu doesn’t contain any alcohol. It’s basically just an Italian coffee cake. Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with sponge fingers, mascarpone, eggs, sugar, coffee and cocoa powder. It is just put together in a way that helps your eyes roll back in your head when you taste it.

What can I use instead of mascarpone cheese in tiramisu? It can be harder to find as a specialty ingredient, and is costly. A good substitute For Mascarpone Cheese is to blend 8 ounces softened full-fat cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter, and 1/4 cup cream.

Cupcakes de Tiramisu

With my version of a Tiramisu cupcake, you can delight in the bold and complex flavors. You will definitely taste the coffee, cream cheese and mascarpone cheese. This recipe will start out with a boxed cake mix for simplicity, but you could easily use our basic yellow cupcake recipes that is here.

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 – 15.25 Box vanilla cupcake mix
  • 1 C Whole milk
  • ½ C unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs

Coffee mixture

  • 4 tbsp ground coffee
  • ½ C boiling water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners. Using a standing mixer, beat until combined and smooth all ingredients for the cupcakes. Fill liners about ¾ way full with cupcake batter. Bake for 21 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Coffee Mixture Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the ground coffee and boiling water.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, carefully dip the top of the cupcakes into the coffee mixture.

Allow the coffee mixture to drip down the sides of the cupcakes.

Allow to sit for 30 minutes to allow the coffee to soak into the cupcakes.

cupcakes de tiramisu in process coffee soaked gems

Cream cheese frosting

You will need:

  • 3 TBSP Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 – 8 oz box, cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ C cocoa powder
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip


Using a standing mixer, beat together the cream cheese, mascarpone
cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream
until combined and creamy with stiff peaks. Frost the cooled cupcakes.

Lightly dust the cocoa powder onto the top of the cupcakes using a sifter or strainer.

cupcakes de tiramisu finished cupcakes ready to serve
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