Tiramisu Layer Cake

by Jamie on December 14, 2008

In my opinion, it is a bit early to start Christmas baking, so I am in a slight baking rut. When this happens I usually browse tastespotting or foodgawker, but sometimes I just do random google searches. Through one of these rut removal searches, I came across a recipe for a Tiramisu Layer Cake. Now, let me start by saying that this cake does use a boxed white cake mix; however do not “x” out of my page just yet because this liquor infused dessert is a real show stopper. After reading a bunch of the reviews, I made some slight changes to the recipe…basically I added more booze! This cake was quite easy to prepare and the results were amazingly delicious…this is a great alternative to traditional tiramisu. Also, it would look gorgeous on any holiday dinner table!

Here are my changes:
1. Add more liquor where ever it is called for!
2. I could not find mascarpone cheese at my grocery store, so I subbed it out with 8 oz. cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sour cream and 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream. This worked out just fine at a fraction of the cost and without the hassle of traipsing around N.W. Ohio in search of cheese.
3. In step one, I dissolved the instant coffee granules in 2 teaspoons of hot water…I thought the granules may make it grainy.
4. I increased the frosting by 1/2 because, well, I like frosting!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

~Mrs. Guru~ December 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Looks delicious!


Cristine December 15, 2008 at 2:58 am

Wow! That looks amazing!


ovenhaven December 15, 2008 at 3:57 am

The layers look perfect! :)


Cathy December 15, 2008 at 5:04 am

Are you kidding — the fact that you try recipes with boxed cake mix every once in a while does not make me want to “x” off your page, it makes me want to bookmark you twice! This totally looks like a show-stopper. This might well show up on my Christmas dessert table.

BTW, I made your peppermint bark this weekend. AMAZING! I am going to make another pan or two for holiday gifts. It was so easy, and totally delicious!


Court December 15, 2008 at 10:46 am

I think it is great to find ways to incorporate convenience foods into baking and cooking. Nice find!


Ingrid December 15, 2008 at 11:07 am

Your cake looks so pretty! I love Tiramisu. Does it taste like the original dessert?

For the record boxed cake mix does not scare me off. As a matter of fact I’m more likely to give it a try! :-)


Tanya December 15, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I’ve made this before! I had gotten the recipe from another subamrine wife who made the following substitutions:

1) For the cake mix, she mixed in: 1 cup water, 1 cup mayonnaise, and 3 eggs…I nearly fainted when I saw she used mayo, but it was soooooooo good.
2) She used two coffee layers instead of one and found that it tasted better…which I whole heartedly agreed!!

Keep up the great work!


My Sweet & Saucy December 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Love this cake! The flavor sounds amazing!


David March 2, 2009 at 1:43 am

Wow.. this is looking delicious. I love this cake. Thanks for recipe. let me try.

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Amanda April 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Looks fabulous!


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