Tiramisu Cupcakes a Classic Italian Dessert


Are you looking for a delightful twist on the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu? Look no further than these indulgent Tiramisu Cupcakes! These cupcakes combine the rich flavors of espresso, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder in a portable, bite-sized treat that’s perfect for any occasion.


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong brewed coffee, cooled

For the Coffee Soak

  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (optional)

For the Mascarpone Frosting

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Cocoa powder
  • Chocolate curls or grated chocolate


  1. Prepare the cupcakes: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Mix in the sour cream and espresso. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  2. Bake the cupcakes: Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full with the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before proceeding.
  3. Make the coffee soak: In a small bowl, combine the espresso and coffee liqueur (if using). Pierce the top of each cooled cupcake several times with a fork and brush with the coffee soak.
  4. Prepare the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until well combined.
  5. Decorate and serve: Pipe or spread the mascarpone frosting on each cupcake. Dust with cocoa powder and garnish with chocolate curls or grated chocolate. Serve and enjoy your delightful Tiramisu Cupcakes!

Tips for Making the Perfect Tiramisu Cupcakes

  1. Use room temperature ingredients: Ensure that your butter, eggs, and sour cream are at room temperature before beginning. This will help create a smooth, well-incorporated batter.
  2. Don’t overmix: Once you add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense, tough cupcakes.
  3. Adjust coffee strength: If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, increase the amount of espresso or strong brewed coffee in the cupcake batter and coffee soak. For a milder flavor, reduce the amount.
  4. Chill the frosting: If your mascarpone frosting seems too soft, chill it in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before piping or spreading it on the cupcakes.


  1. Alcohol-free version: Omit the coffee liqueur in the coffee soak for an alcohol-free version of these Tiramisu Cupcakes.
  2. Chocolate Tiramisu Cupcakes: Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the cupcake batter for a chocolate version of these cupcakes.
  3. Tiramisu Cupcakes with ladyfingers: Crush ladyfingers and sprinkle them over the frosted cupcakes for an authentic Tiramisu touch.
  4. Miniature Tiramisu Cupcakes: Use a mini muffin tin and reduce the baking time to 10-12 minutes for bite-sized Tiramisu Cupcakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time?
    Yes, you can bake the cupcakes a day in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Frost the cupcakes just before serving for the best results.
  2. How should I store leftover Tiramisu Cupcakes?
    Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
  3. Can I freeze Tiramisu Cupcakes?
    Yes, you can freeze unfrosted cupcakes for up to 2 months. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw the cupcakes in the refrigerator overnight before frosting and serving.
  4. Can I substitute mascarpone cheese with cream cheese?
    While mascarpone cheese is traditional in Tiramisu, you can substitute it with cream cheese if needed. However, the flavor and texture may be slightly different.

These Tiramisu Cupcakes are a delightful treat that combines the classic flavors of Tiramisu with the convenience and charm of cupcakes. With their moist, coffee-infused cake and creamy mascarpone frosting, these cupcakes are sure to become a favorite among your family and friends. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a sweet, indulgent dessert, give these Tiramisu Cupcakes a try!

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