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Tiramisú layer cakes

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for tiramisú layer cakes.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 6
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking plus cooling, setting
Tiramisú layer cakes
Tiramisú layer cakes

Ingredients

  • 65 gm softened butter
  • 110 gm (½ cup) raw caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 110 gm plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 30 ml espresso coffee
  • 30 ml milk
  • To serve: Dutch-process cocoa
Espresso syrup
  • 110 gm (½ cup) raw caster sugar
  • 70 ml espresso
  • 40 ml Tia Maria or chocolate liqueur
Whipped mascarpone
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 40 gm raw caster sugar
  • 400 gm mascarpone

Method

Main
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 170C. Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add egg, beat well. Sift over flour and baking powder, stir to combine, add espresso and milk and stir to combine. Spread in a greased and baking paper-lined 26cm x 35cm baking tray, smoothing top. Bake until golden and cake springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip (15-20 minutes), cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for espresso syrup, stir sugar and espresso in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, remove from heat, stir in liqueur, cool to room temperature and set aside.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, for whipped mascarpone, whisk egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy (1-2 minutes), add mascarpone. Whisk until thick and smooth (don’t overwhisk), spoon into a piping bag (no nozzle), refrigerate until required.
  • 4
    To assemble, place six 6cm-high, 5.5cm-diameter cake rings (see note) on a baking paper-lined tray. Cut eighteen 5.5cm-diameter rounds from cake and place a cake round in the base of each mould. Brush with syrup, pipe a 5mm layer of whipped mascarpone on top. Dust with cocoa, top with another cake round and brush with syrup. Repeat until you’ve used all cake rounds, finishing with a layer of mascarpone. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 5
    To serve, run a small knife dipped in hot water around rings and remove. Dust tops of cakes with cocoa, serve immediately with extra espresso syrup if desired. Cakes will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Note Cake rings are available from specialty cookware stores. If unavailable, assemble the cakes as a slab and cut into small squares. To do this, trim edges of cake, then cut crossways into thirds. Layer as per recipe and refrigerate until firm before cutting into smaller cakes.

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  • Author: Emma Knowles