Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

This is a chocolate variation of the classic dessert, Tiramisu. It was given to me by my niece, Tricia, who got it from her mother, Marianne (who just happens to be a fabulous cook!). How much do I love that my family cooks? Thanx Trish!

Hey Uncle Joey,
Here is the recipe for the Chocolate Tiramisu Cake. I got this recipe from my mom and I made it the first time I ever met Chris' family. I was nervous and wanted to make something that would impress them and I think it worked! This recipe is very simple but tastes sophisticated. To make it look even fancier, as my mom said, just cut into squares then cut the squares diagonally and arrange them nicely on a serving tray. That's what I did! Just to let you know, the icing is really what makes this cake a hit :) When I make this, I use the recipe for Hershey's Black Magic Cake, otherwise a devil's food cake mix is fine! :)
Your Favorite Niece, Tricia ;)

1 box (18.5) devils food cake mix
1/2 cup plus 2 tbs freshly made STRONG black coffee
2 tbs Kahlua (or any coffee liqueur)
2 tubs (8 oz) of mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy cream (whipping)
1/3 cup sugar
Garnish: unsweetened cocoa

Heat oven to 350.
Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil or parchment paper, letting it extend about 2" above pan at both ends. Coat with non-stick spray. Mix as directed on box (substituting coffee for water). Spread cake batter in prepared pan. Bake as directed. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Holding foil or parchment ends, lift cake out of pan. Trim rounded top of cake with a serrated knife so that the cake is flat. Holding ends again, return cake to pan. Mix 1/4 cup strong coffee and Kahlua in a small bowl; brush over the top of the cake. Stir mascarpone and remaining coffee in a large bowl until blended. Beat cream and sugar in a medium bowl on high speed until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Fold into cheese mixture until smooth. Spread over cake, adding swirls with the back of the spoon. Lightly dust the cake with cocoa through a strainer. Cut into 1" squares; cut squares diagonally. Can be made a day ahead of time - keep covered in refrigerator.


Anonymous said...

I'm having company tomorrow night and I'm going to try this Tiramisu Cake. I'll let you know how it was. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Everyone loved the cake! I made one change. I baked the cake in a springform pan and then cut it in half. I put the "icing" in the middle and on the top and sides. It was picture perfect.

I would change one thing though. Next time I will use straight Kahlua for brushing on the cake because I could barely taste it.