This tiramisu cake is delicious. It’s layers of soft genoise sponge, soaked with coffee syrup, filled with luscious mascarpone cream and frosted with espresso buttercream.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It’s a bank holiday weekend in the UK, which means a longer weekend.
Speaking of work, I always need a cup of coffee to get me going before I hit that desk. But my daily coffee indulgence does add up. When I was approached to try out some alternative nespresso pods of Gourmesso, I was like yes thank you. No more queuing in the morning for my coffee fix and my purse won’t cry as much. My favourite when I tried our the coffee is Soffio Vaniglia. This coffee has a fine vanilla aroma combined with a mild blend of South American Arabica beans and Asian Robusta beans. Did I mention that the altenative nespresso pods of Gourmesso capsules are compatible with Nespresso coffee machines and the capsules are cheaper than Nespresso capsules? I am all about saving money this year.
Not only do I enjoy drinking coffee, I also love using it to bake. Did you know that adding coffee to chocolate cake intensifies the taste of the chocolate??? That’s my tip of the day.
Let’s discuss this Tiramisu Cake. It started off with a genoise cake.This recipe was adapted from Paul Hollywood’s summer fruit genoise. The light tender sponge forms the base for the Tiramisu Cake. Genoise is a dry cake which makes it perfect for soaking with syrups. Some genoise sponges contain no butter or very little butter. To make the perfect genoise cake, start off by beating eggs and sugar until thick and tripled in volume. This creates the tenderness and airiness of the cake. Sift in flour with a pinch of salt and then gently fold the flour into the egg mixture. Finally fold in melted butter. Divide the cake batter between prepared cake tins. Bake the cake batter for 25-30 minutes or until cakes are risen.
Whilst the cake cooled, I made a cup of espresso with the Gourmesso Soffio Vaniglia capsule. Into a pan, add the cup of espresso, 80 ml of water and 65 g of sugar then bring it to a boil over a low heat. Boil the coffee mixture until it is reduced by half and has a thin syrup consistency. Cool the syrup to room temperature and then brush over the layers of genoise cake.
Next comes the mascarpone cream filling for the layers. The filling is so so delicious. You could eat it all on it’s own and forget about the cake. I think if I had to pick my number 1 filling for cakes and desserts then this would be it. I love mascarpone so much so that, I made a tart filled with mascarpone cream. Find the recipe for the strawberry mascarpone tart here.
To make the filling, combine mascarpone cheese, double or whipping cream and icing sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. I use the whisk attachment and then whisk until thick like firmly whipped cream. Add vanilla and then cover and chill until needed. The filling will keep for up to 2 days.
Finally make the espresso buttercream. Make the buttercream by beating butter, trex, icing sugar and whipping cream. Add a teaspoon of espresso.
Now it’s time to put the Tiramisu cake together. I split each layer of cake into two. Place a layer of cake on cake board, brush with coffee syrup and then spread or pipe a layer of mascarpone cream. Repeat with the remaining layers of cake. Frost the side and top of the cake with coffee buttercream.
This tiramisu cake is the ultimate coffee fix. With each bite you get the flavour of coffee, soft cake and that luscious mascarpone cream.
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