Tiramisu cupcakes

Mixing culinary traditions is fun. Sometimes a bit experimental, but fun 😉 In anticipation of the holidays I wanted to try something different for the family so I played with two of my favorite desserts: Tiramisu’ and cupcakes creating Tiramisu’ cupcakes. They have the taste of tiramisu’ with the texture of a cupcake. They have been approved by the family committee, that’s why I’m sharing them with you 😉

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As we have young kids at the table I opted for a caffeine free coffee, but you can use even an espresso if you do not mind the strong flavor of coffee and caffeine!!

Here you are the ingredients for 24 mini cupcakes:

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– remove the butter from the fridge so that it will be room temperature. Once the butter is nice and soft you can place it in a kitchen mixer with the sugar and let the mixer work at low speed for 3/4 minutes. You want to cream the butter.

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– Once you will have obtained a nice and smooth cream you can add the applesauce and the eggs while the mixer is still working at low speed.

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– Add the baking powder, the vanilla paste, the milk, the decaffeinated instant coffee and the salt

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– While the mixer is still working, slowly add the flour, one tablespoon at the time

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– You will obtain a smooth mix, not too running. Prepare a mini cupcake baking pan with the liners and fill each liner for 3/4 with the cupcake mix.

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– bake the mini cupcakes in the preheated oven at 350 F for 20 minutes. Remember the toothpick rule: after 20 minutes if you will insert a toothpick in the center of one cupcake and it will come out dry, the cupcakes are done! Let the cupcakes cool down for 5 minutes.

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– with a toothpick riddle each mini cupcake 5/6 times

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– pour one teaspoon of coffee (decaffeinated in my case) on each cupcake. This is the trick in order to keep them moist!! Let them cool down completely while you prepare the frosting.

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– In a kitchen mixer add the mascarpone cheese and the butter. Let the mixer work for 4/5 minutes up until the butter will get white and shiny.

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– Slowly add the powdered sugar and the frosting is done!

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– final decoration: with a pastry chef bag you can decorate the cupcakes in a very simple and elegant way or you can go crazy…just have fun!!

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– final touch: some cocoa powder on top!

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The tiramisu cupcakes are delicious. Soft and moist with a nice coffee background taste. The frosting is very creamy and you can taste the mascarpone touch. We simply loved them!!

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  • Reply
    December 6, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I love tiramisu – these cupcakes look amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you for watching it 😉 ciao! b

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    September 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Hi beautifully explained. Thanks. One suggestion please if you can give the ingredients along with the measurements would be appreciated

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    September 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

    How do u prepare the coder that goes on top of the cupcake? I see 1 cup hot water, but how much coder n do you add anything else to this mixture?

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      September 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Sorry how much coffee?

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        Barbara Lamperti
        September 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        Hi! I used instant decaf coffee as I liked the cupcakes to be caffeine free, but you can use regular instant coffee if you like.
        For the cupcakes I added 1 teaspoon of instant coffee to the mix.
        Once cooked I prepared one cup of coffee and I poured one teaspoon of coffee on top of each cupcake to keep them moist.
        Let me know if you like them!!
        ciao, b

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      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Mari! it’s a cup of coffee made with hot water and instant coffee. You can use any kind of coffee you like. I used decaf coffee as I was cooking for my kids. Just pour one teaspoon of coffee on top of each cupcake to keep them moist. Let me know should you need any more info! ciao, b

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    December 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hi there! These look amazing! One question, you used vanilla paste, can regular liquid vanilla be substituted?


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      Barbara Lamperti
      December 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Crystal!
      sure, vanilla paste or vanilla extract will be fine! Enjoy! b

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    December 31, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Do we have to use applesauce? Because I don’t have any right now, and I don’t want to go to the store to just buy one pack of applesauce

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      Barbara Lamperti
      December 31, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Alex! you can substitute applesauce with oil. I would use coconut oil, but any kind of oil will do the job. Enjoy!! ciao, b

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