This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our privacy policy.

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!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Amanda says:

    Looks fabulous!

  2. David says:

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

    Hotel booking

  3. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Love this cake! The flavor sounds amazing!

  4. Tanya says:

    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!

  5. Ingrid says:

    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! :-)

  6. Court says:

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

  7. Cathy says:

    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!

  8. ovenhaven says:

    The layers look perfect! :)

  9. Cristine says:

    Wow! That looks amazing!

  10. ~Mrs. Guru~ says:

    Looks delicious!