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Tiramisu Cupcakes Recipe

Coffee lovers rejoice! Tiramisu Cupcakes bring a touch of elegance to your dessert table. A fluffy vanilla cupcake with rich espresso filling is the best afternoon pick-me-up or after dinner treat you can imagine.

Vanilla cupcake with espresso filling and frosting broken in half to see the filling.

It’s going to be hard for me to do justice to the cupcake recipe I’m sharing today. These are like miniature tiramisus but so much easier to make than the typical tiramisu dessert.

I used to think of tiramisu as a restaurant dessert. Nine times out of ten, if I try a delicious cake or cookie at a restaurant or bakery, I start planning for ways I can make that same dish at home.

(My enjoyment of Starbucks pastries inspired copy cat Cranberry Bliss Bars and Pumpkin Scones, for example.)

But tiramisu–ladyfinger cookies soaked in coffee then layered with mascarpone cheese and dusted with a bit of chocolate–always seemed too fussy to make at home.

I saved it for dinners out at nice restaurants and satisfied my Tiramisu needs at home by making Tiramisu Cheesecake Trifle.

But that coffee + mascarpone flavor profile is hard to resist! I’m happy to have discovered these Tiramisu Cupcakes and can’t wait to share them with you.

These cupcakes are just like single serving tiramisus and surprisingly easy to make!

White plate with three tiramisu cupcakes dusted with espresso powder. Served on wooden tray with a cup of coffee in a white mug.

Mascarpone Cheese

The frosting is what really makes this cupcake recipe a knock-out. Made with real mascarpone cream and Kahlua, this buttery frosting turns a good cupcake into something extraordinary.

I tasted a little bit of the frosting as I was decorating the cupcakes.

Oh my word. It took a LOT of self control not to just sit right down and eat the rest of the frosting straight from the bowl.

But if you have the self-control, the finished cupcakes are well worth it! A sweet coffee mixture made with espresso powder and coffee liqueur is waiting for you in the middle of each cupcake. Every bite of fluffy vanilla cupcake is full of sweet coffee and creamy frosting.

Heaven.

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Tiramisu Cupcake Recipe

These cupcakes involve three elements:

  1. Cupcakes
  2. Coffee filling
  3. Mascarpone cheese frosting

Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you. These cupcakes are easy enough for anyone to make!

Ingredients at a glance; scroll down for full recipe and amounts]

Step by step photos for how to make tiramisu cupcake batter.

To make the cupcakes

You’ll need. . .

  • sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking powder and salt
  • whole milk

Before making the cupcakes, bring all ingredients to room temperature. I take the milk, eggs and butter out of the fridge about 30 minutes before baking.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and beat to combine. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Spoon the batter evenly into prepared cupcake tins lined with cupcake liners. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (at 350 F), or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Take the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Step by step photos to make tiramisu cupcake filling and frosting.

To make the Espresso Mixture

You’ll need . . .

  • Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur, optional)
  • Espresso powder
  • Sugar
  • Hot Water

Make the espresso filling by mix the espresso powder, Kahlua, and sugar into the hot water. Set aside.

Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, using a fork, poke the tops of each cupcake a couple of times and add about 2 teaspoons of Espresso Mixture over each cupcake. Allow it to soak in.

Wire rack with 6 tiramisu cupcakes, some with frosting, some without.

For the Frosting:

My favorite part! You’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Espresso
  • Kahlua (optional)

To make the frosting, add butter to a large bowl and beat for about 2-3 minute until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of espresso (and Kalua if using) and beat until smooth.

Gently fold in the mascarpone cheese.

PRO TIP: No mascarone cheese? Use cream cheese instead!

If the mixture is too thin, add one more cup of powdered sugar and beat with the mixer on low speed, mix just until smooth. Don’t over mix the mascarpone cheese or it could become too thin.

Pipe the frosting onto the Tiramisu cupcakes.

To give these more of a tiramisu like appearance, top the finished cupcakes with some cocoa powder and coffee granules. While not strictly necessary, everyone loves a little cocoa flavor and it makes them extra pretty!

Wooden tray with tiramisu cupcakes on it and behind it.

Note: The Kahlua is strictly optional in this recipe. While I love the added flavor and richness it lends the cupcakes, they still taste wonderful if you leave out the liqueur! You get plenty of coffee flavor thanks to the espresso in both the frosting and the cupcake filling.

Tiramisu Cupcakes are the perfect dessert to bring to a bake sale or your next dinner party!

Can’t get enough coffee? Serve these with a little cup of espresso or coffee and pretend you’re sitting in a corner cafe in Italy. A girl can dream, right?

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Yield: 20 cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Coffee lovers rejoice! Tiramisu Cupcakes bring a touch of elegance to your dessert table. A fluffy vanilla cupcake with rich espresso filling is the best afternoon pick-me-up or after dinner treat you can imagine.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups All-Purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk (room temperature)

For the Espresso Mixture:

  • 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur or Kahlua (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder or instant granules
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup hot water

For the Frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua (optional)
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese (room temperature)

For the Garnish:

  • Cocoa powder (to dust tops)
  • Coffee granules (to sprinkle on tops)

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° degrees F. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Add the vanilla and beat to combine.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Spoon the batter in the prepared cupcake tins.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.  Take the cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Espresso Mixture

  1. In a large cup, mix the espresso powder, Kahlua (if you choose to use it), and sugar into the hot water.  Set aside.
  2. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, using a fork, poke the tops of each cupcake a couple of times and add about 2 teaspoons of Espresso Mixture over each cupcake. Allow it to soak in.

Frosting:

  1. Add butter to a large bowl and beat for about 2-3 minute until creamy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of espresso (and Kalua if using) and beat until smooth.
  3. Gently fold in the mascarpone cheese.
  4. If the mixture is too thin, add one more cup of powdered sugar and beat with the mixer on low speed, mix just until smooth.  Don’t over mix the mascarpone cheese or it could become too thin.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  6. Sprinkle the tops with some cocoa powder and coffee granules if desired.
  7. Chill until ready to serve.  Preferably let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving to allow the frosting to become softer, otherwise it may be too firm.

Notes

    • In order to pipe frosting for all 20 cupcakes, I doubled the amount of frosting that I made. I used the 1B Piping tip by Kowanii, it’s very similar to the Wilton 1B tip.  I omitted the Kahlua and they were delicious.
    • Swap out the mascarone cheese for cream cheese if desired!
    • Recipe adapted from Centsless Deals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Coffee lovers rejoice! Tiramisu Cupcakes bring a touch of elegance to your dessert table. A fluffy vanilla cupcake with rich espresso filling is the best afternoon pick-me-up or after dinner treat you can imagine.

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on March 23, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    I just baked these! WOW! The only thing I didn’t have was the Mascarpone…and, being on lock-down from Covid-19 not really the time to “run to the store” for just one item… …..I did have, however, CREAM CHEESE!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! Worked JUST FINE!!!
    WONDERFUL recipe!!! Thank you!

      1. These are amazing! People loved them!
        Have you ever frozen them? I’m thinking of just the cupcake and make the frosting the day of.

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