Tiramisu Cupcakes

by jenna on April 27, 2011

I know…I know. Yesterday it’s rum cake doughnuts and today it’s tiramisu cupcakes. Someone please stick a piece of spinach down my throat and pry the box of confectioners sugar from my sticky fingers.

What can I say? I’m feeling hormonal.

And these tiramisu stuffed cupcakes are just way too delicious not to be shared.

I do this because I love you.

I made these because ever since Adam and I shared a slice of heavenly tiramisu on our anniversary from Pazzo, it’s been on my mind.

And when I get a dessert on my mind there’s no stoppin’. Except I didn’t really want to spend hours assembling a traditional tiramisu. So I thought why not just stuff the traditional tiramisu filling into a vanilla cupcake? That way, you would get the best of both worlds.

Cover it with coffee buttercream….

And then dust cocoa powder on top for the finishing touch.

Like I said, these are way too delicious not to be shared.

They contain everything I love in this great world: cake, coffee, cheese and buttercream. If there’s something I’m missing here, don’t tell me. Just let me live out my days in a tiramisu oblivion.

Tiramisu Cupcakes

makes 9-10 cupcakes

Print this recipe!


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

6 T butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla extract (or seeds from one vanilla bean)

for filling:

1 8-oz container marscapone cheese

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

2 tsp instant coffee granules

for coffee buttercream frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

2 cups confectioners sugar

1 T milk

1 tsp coffee granules (or 1 tsp coffee extract)

cocoa powder for dusting


First, make the cupcakes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar and then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk, starting and ending with the milk. Scoop batter into greased cupcake molds and fill 3/4th of the way full. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

While the cupcakes are baking, make the filling. Beat together the marscapone cheese, powdered sugar and instant coffee until smooth. Scoop into a small plastic bag and cut off the tip for easy piping.

Once cupcakes are baked and cooled, take a pastry tip (or use a small knife and spoon) and press down into the center of each cupcake, twisting to create a hole in each of the centers. Brush out any crumbs. Pipe filling into each hole.

For the buttercream, cream together the remaining stick of butter with the powdered sugar. Once smooth, add the milk and coffee granules or extract. Beat until light and fluffy. Scoop buttercream into a large plastic bag fitted with a pastry tip. Frost cupcakes and then dust with cocoa powder before serving.


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megan @ whatmegansmaking April 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

yum!!! You are so creative! I think I would actually prefer these cupcakes to traditional tiramisu!


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 27, 2011 at 5:09 am


you win.

i need these in my life!


Molly April 27, 2011 at 5:10 am

I recently just fell in love with tiramisu! I had only had gross Olive Garden’s in the past until my recent occurrence. I must baked this Italian treat at some point (no time soon since we’re stocked on Easter cannolis)!


Michelle of Chellbellz April 27, 2011 at 5:18 am

Um…..I can’t say anything….these are too good! They look yummy! I want to try this big time.


Sukaina April 27, 2011 at 5:18 am

Have you been reading my mind? I’ve been thinking of making tiramisu cupcakes too! This recipe sounds fabulous…even better than Martha’s!


jennifer leech April 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

Looks good. Though i have to say that making tiramisu doesnt take hours. i can make a huge pan of it in about 30mins that doesnt involve any baking. just some time to sit in the fridge afterwards. and that recipe comes from an italian family in Rome, so i know its legit too.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

OMG… these are beautiful, especially the icing swirls!!


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 27, 2011 at 5:22 am

Oh wow…just look at that frosting mountain!! So fluffy and beautiful :)


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 27, 2011 at 5:23 am

Wow. These look so beautiful and delicious – like edible art!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 27, 2011 at 5:23 am

Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert – these look incredible!


Faith @ lovelyascharged April 27, 2011 at 5:26 am

I’ve never cared much for basic tiramisu, but in cupcake form, I can only imagine that I’d go crazy for it!


giordin April 27, 2011 at 5:28 am



Adelaide April 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

YES YES YES!!! (when harry met sally style)


Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 27, 2011 at 5:31 am

Okay, those look seriously, ridiculously yum. I’m gonna lick my computer screen. K?


AdrienneCarolyn April 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

Perfection….I am SO making these for my birthday next week!


Estela @ Weekly Bite April 27, 2011 at 5:33 am

These are beautiful!! I could take a big bite out of that frosting right now :)


Christie {Nourishing Circle} April 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

Tiramisu is my favorite dessert of all time. These look delicious!!!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 27, 2011 at 5:44 am

As if the cupcakes themselves werent amazing enough….Coffee buttercream on top. holy mother of God. These look and sound like heaven on a little platter. I would love to take a trip to Nor Cal and help you with your leftovers…if there are any. These look sooooo good!!! :)


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

These look amazing! I love the flavors of tiramisu and I know I’d adore these cupcakes!


Kristin Eats April 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

The cocoa sprinkled on top takes the cake and makes it a perfect tiramisu! :)


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

When I worked at a restuarant … I would always scrap the extra triamsu out of the pan … and loved every second of it!


Holly @ The Runny Egg April 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

These look awesome. And no, I won’t take the sugar away from you. Just mail a box of those cupcakes to MN and it will all be ok.


Stephanie Rose April 27, 2011 at 6:07 am

geez louiz! you’ve done it again… love the picture of the cut open cupcake. really shows off the deliciousness!


lisa@ The Daily RUNdown April 27, 2011 at 6:17 am

Thank you! These will be making an appearance in my stomach this weekend!


Tasha @ Voracious April 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love how pretty the cocoa powder contrasts with the gloriously fluffy icing. Stunning! I don’t drink coffee, but I recently discovered that I love (LOVE!!!) it in desserts. It is such a perfect flavor to pair with sweet treats, it gives such a depth and complexity. Definitely making these.


Ricki April 27, 2011 at 6:25 am

Holy cow, those look divine! If you had posted this recipe a month ago I definitely would have made these for my birthday. I may need to have another birthday this month just so I have an excuse to make them!


Evan Thomas April 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

These are too much. And by too much, I mean just perfect.


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) April 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

These would most certainly earn any girl major “lady points!” These are beautiful! I wish I would have known about these earlier for certain events I’ve cooked for. These would have been a hit!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock April 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

Yummmmmm! This looks beautiful and I bet it tastes even better 😉 Love the twist of this recipe!


brandi April 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

ooh, love the idea of the filling! and you can never go wrong with coffee buttercream.


Emily@SavoryandSavage April 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

Those look amazing!


emily April 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

Those look great (x10), but I was even more excited to see instructions for filling a cupcake. I made ‘smores cupcakes the other day (vanilla cupcakes studded with graham crackers, filled with marshmellow, topped with chocolate cream cheese icing) and after intense work piping filling into the cupcakes we cut them open to find — no filling! We ended up cutting a bunch of them in half and my husband – who did the piping – basically wasn’t speaking to me!


betty@runbetty April 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

Wow! These look so amazing! I love the idea of turning tiramisu (not my favorite dessert, admittedly) into a cupcake! These would be great for entertaining!


Paj April 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

tiramisu = heaven


Teresa April 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

Hand-held tiramisu! Love it!


Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

Ever since seeing stuffed cupcakes at Crumbs I am in love! The surprise center takes cupcakes to a whole new level :).


Elizabeth @ the good life April 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

Wow! must.make.soon.


Clare - Never Niche April 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

Aaaand I just fell out of my chair.


Ashes April 27, 2011 at 7:23 am



Steph @321delish April 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

OMGoodness. I just started salivating when I saw these. Holy yum. I want to leave work right now and go make them.


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

Wow…Mouthgasm… :O


Amanda April 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

I think this might possibly be my most favorite post of yours Jenna! My parents lived in Italy for a few years before having me and my mom has loved tiramisu ever since! Tiramisu always reminds me of growing up and having family meals together and how much we all anticipated desert! I will have to make these for her!! :)


R @ Learning As I Chop April 27, 2011 at 7:33 am

You always make the best looking icing. I need to master this trick


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

The thing I like most about tiramisu is how moist and creamy it is. I think that would be difficult to replicate with a cupcake. Does the filling help keep it moist?


jenna April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

It’s not “wet” like actual tiramisu because I’m not soaking the cupcake in espresso like you would do if you were making the traditional dessert. It still is delicious though!


Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

I think my husband would propose to me all over again if I made these for him!!


Maria April 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

Oh my goodness! These look amazing! I love the huge pile of frosting!


michelle April 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

what about the base lemon w/ cheese and meringue or butter cream frosting? btw those look devine.


Annalise April 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

OMG. Wow. WOW. I am otherwise speechless. I think I just drooled on my keyboard.


Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

I have been looking for a tiramisu cupcake recipe for the longest time!! The boyfriend loves all things tiramisu – gelato, cheesecake, etc – so I know he’d really enjoy these cupcakes.


Kelly April 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

Delish! The cheescake factory has the best tiramsu cheesecake…you know if you ever need to know that! These look awesome!


katie April 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

tiramisu is amazing! I never seen a tiramisu cupcake! Holy yum!!!


Lauren April 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

Oh mercy…genius idea!!! Tiramisu is my favorite dessert…I must make these!


Lisa April 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

Oh my GOD these look amazing! I wish I wasn’t currently in a sugar-detox! GRRR!


Elizabeth April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

You spoil me.


Natalia - a side of simple April 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

Green monsters have NOTHING on you. I love a girl proud of her desserts :)


Rebecca April 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

Um… YES PLEASE! I will be making these as soon as my KitchenAid arrives! They look delicious!


Natalie April 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

These look SO amazing. Your photography is just beautiful. Thanks for posting!


Rachel April 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

these look amazing! ive just made How Sweet It Is fab Tiramisu french toast this morning, and wondered what i should do with the leftover mascapone mixed with espresso and honey! hormonal inspiration!! thanks!


Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise April 27, 2011 at 11:25 am



Brooke @ bittersweetb April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

I think the amount of icing you put on these little gems was absolutely necessary! yum!


Baking 'n' Books April 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Um I kind of love…hate you right now. I was just going to skip over this post…and then I saw the darn filling…in the cupcake.

Oh my Lord. (not in vain).

…and THEN, then you had to say there was cheese involved?? Well, girl…you got me.

I remember when you mentioned that tiramisu – and I think I asked for a possible recipe! Yipee :)


Heather @ girlyeverafter April 27, 2011 at 11:56 am



Katrina April 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Oh my! These sound amazing. Yum!


Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

These look awesome….I just might prefer these cupcakes to the real tiramisu! Thanks for sharing.


Jessica April 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Oh my gracious. These look divine. I don’t prefer the “wetness” of real Tiramisu and I think you’ve just solved my problem! Brilliant Jenna!


Whitney @ My Life.My Heart. My Journey. April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I have a bridesmaid dress to fit into next weekend. You are not helping! :)


jenna k April 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

oh my lord. tiramisu is my favorite dessert ever. to be able to make it as cupcakes makes me sooooo joyous! if the entire south wasn’t under tornado warnings right now, i’d totally go to the store and make them right now.


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Tiramisu is my fav! And in cupcake form it looks even better!


Ruth April 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

These look super-awesome Jenna.

Tiramisu is one of my favourite desserts, so thanks for posting this!


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

wow…!! I would have thought that making cupcakes and stuffing them would be harder and more time consuming than an ordinary tiramisu?! (but then again cupcakes scare me…) I’m glad you don’t think so – look what you’ve done, it’s so beautiful! :) Love the coffee buttercream topping. mmmmmm
Heidi xo


Moni'sMeals April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

whhhhhaaaaat! I am making asap, these look just to good. :)

Awesome Jenna!


Mellie April 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

these look AMAZING!! And the icing looks so pretty… i can’t ice things worth a flip and it reallllly stresses me out.


Eve P April 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

holy heck. Good thing my husband is gone and I cannot leave my three sleeping to run to the store for these ingredients. Otherwise, I would stay up way to late making these. Then I would be a fat and tired teacher in the morning. I’ll have to try them over the weekend and take them to the teacher’s lounge Monday morning! Thanks for sharing. I am salivating.


Lu @ The Orange Spice Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

And you should know that it is because of recipes like this one that we love you right back!


jennifer April 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

do you think a splash of rum in the filling would make it too wet and sog up the cupcake?


Kim April 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

These look incredible! I love how light and airy they look, even while clearly being rich and delicious. I wish I could tolerate sugar better, so that I could try them. Someday in heaven I hope to try all of your incredible desserts :)


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life April 28, 2011 at 4:26 am



Donna April 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

I made a similar dessert inspired cupcake using Sticky Toffee Pudding as my theme. I filled a vanilla cupcake with sticky toffee pudding sauce (melted brown sugar and butter, with cream) then topped it with cream cheese icing and more sticky toffee sauce – was frickin amazing! Desserts in cupcake form are the future…


Tiffany @ Turbo Fire reviews April 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I love tiramisu and these cupcakes look soooo good!. Will have to try this recipe when I have a sweet craving.


Dominique April 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I have a potluck at work next week and think this would be fantastic. I mean, I was gonna make cupcakes anyways but tiramisu cupcakes? All the coffee fanatics will love me! Perhaps I should do a trial run–just to be sure 😉


Kate@fittingintothewindycity April 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

my internet favorites are comprised mostly of your recipes, it’s getting out of hand. These might just be my next attempt at learning to bake!


Angelica June 29, 2011 at 5:25 am

DROOOOOLING over this!! I think I’ve got a small list of recipes to try from visiting some of your recipe posts today. But I think I wanna start with this one first. This one looks really irresistable!


Rebecca June 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I really want to make these tomorrow for my friends birthday, but I’m confused about the quantity of butter.
I am trying to convert the recipe to grams and I believe there are 180g sugar, 180g flour but only 90g of butter…
Is this right?!



jenna June 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I’m honestly not sure about the conversion to grams but know that the recipe is correct. If that’s the way it converts, then it’s right!


Jesse B. August 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

My sister is a loyal reader of this blog, and when I needed a unique recipe for my birthday cake she knew exactly where to look. She sent me this recipe, and we made these cupcakes yesterday for my birthday. Two words to describe these cupcakes: SIMPLY AMAZING! Try this recipe and you will not be disappointed.


Meredith February 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Just made these! Thanks so much for the recipe. Your version looked significantly easier than Martha Stewart’s! I beat my cupcake batter a tad too long, so mine were a little chewy. And I added extra coffee to the filling because my boyfriend loves his coffee strong, and they turned out great. :) Bon appetit!


natalie (the sweets life) February 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

could i make these a day ahead of time or would i need to make them the same day I’m serving them?


Cindy April 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

These are amazing! I made them for my FIL’s birthday and the look of bliss on his face every time he bit into one was all the reward I needed. I’ve got my butter softening now for another double batch. :)


NIKKI April 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

TO DIE FOR. im from panana, so i was looking for a rellu strong coffee cupcake buth smooth, so the mascarpone adds that and it turned out fabulous! thank you for sharing


Jasmin April 12, 2012 at 1:10 am

I just asked my sister to make these for my birthday and I just HAD to comment! These are absolutely amazing, thank you so much for bringing these into my life!


Karen May 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

milk in the buttercream recipe…on the website version it has the milk on the printed version it is omitted. Which one is correct? Or does it matter?


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