Tiramisu Layer Cake

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An unparalleled confection: creamy, coffee-flavored, and decadently delicious.

Tiramisu Layer Cake

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Yield: about 16 servings
Published: 01/17/2011




  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • tiramisu filling mix (3 ounces; one package)
  • 1/4 cup water


  • a single 9" round cake layer, chocolate or vanilla, split in half horizontally; see suggestions in tips at right.

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1) To make the syrup: Stir the syrup ingredients over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a full rolling boil, remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

2) To make the mousse: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Dissolve the mousse powder in the water, and immediately stir about 1 cup of the whipped cream into the mixture. Whisk the mousse mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

3) To assemble: Remove the top (browned) layer from the cake. Cut the cake in half horizontally. Place one layer into a springform pan that's been lined with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.

4) Sprinkle the cake with 3 tablespoons of syrup.

5) Spread 2 cups of filling onto the cake. Top with the second piece of cake.

6) Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons coffee syrup; let it sit for several minutes, then top with the remaining mousse. Refrigerate for several hours.

7) Run a thin spatula around the edge of the pan. Remove the springform. Move the cake to a serving platter.

8) Sprinkle with cocoa and/or chocolate shavings. Serve cold. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Yield: about 16 servings.


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  • star rating 04/13/2013
  • karen from oklahoma
  • I made a yellow gluten-free cake and used your tiramisu filling mix along with your espresso coffee powder. It was such a success! My none gluten family and friends loved it. I also, decided to freeze a piece to see how it would hold up. You could not tell the difference, as if you had just made it. If you are a Tiramisu cake lover like I am and are gluten-free you won't be disappointed.
  • star rating 12/21/2011
  • jgagne21 from KAF Community
  • Concept was good but the tiramisu filling mix didn't taste anything like tiramisu. It ended up being whipped cream with a very very faint taste of tiramisu.
    I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy this recipe. You may want to try substituting some rum/brandy or coffee liqueur for the water in the filling recipe to up the tiramisu flavor. ~Mel
  • star rating 09/08/2011
  • Micki from Ormond Beach, FL
  • This recipe is not so great! I made it, following the directions to the letter. 1. There was not enough coffee "syrup" to soak the cake. 2. The cake (I used King Arthur Golden Vanilla cake mix) - I used just half of the 24 oz. box when making the cake - per the recipe directions. 3. The cake was very dry. 4. The Tiramisu filling mix (also purchased from King Arthur) was not even close to what it would be in using real Mascarpone with whipped cream. 5. The whipped cream (foolishly, I used heavy whipping cream) seemed to be too much for the amount of filling mix and using the heavy cream gave the whipped cream a heavy, greasy texture. All in all, this was a huge disappointment! I served a slice of this to my husband tonight and he said he really didn't care for it. I had to agree. I will not be making this recipe again. In fact, we disliked it so much I tossed the remainder of this cake down the garbage disposer. It was heavy and greasy (because of the heavy whipping cream) and the cake was dry, dry, dry! I make scratch cake that melts in your mouth. This cake mix was not a good choice. This recipe failed in my opinion. I have much better Tiramisu recipes. This one got 1 star but should be "o" stars.
    I am sorry for your struggles. There are a few things that may have gone wrong with the method, I hope you will call us on the baker's hotline and let us talk through it with you. ~Amy
  • star rating 06/21/2011
  • mjs156 from KAF Community
  • The filling on this cake is amazing! The "yum" factor was off the charts. I made this cake for my husband's birthday and ordered the Tiramisu Filling Mix a few months ago in anticipation. I made the Golden Vanilla Cake recipe which wasn't a success. (That's a different review.) I used my very dense layer cake and assembled and chilled the cake. When served, it got rave reviews from my husband and daughter. I felt the cake detracted from the overall taste experience. I would have rated this a 3 but split the difference and gave it a 4. I think I will make it again, possibly with a different vanilla cake recipe. I will say that the Tiramisu Filling Mix was a wonderful time-saver and it tasted so good my daughter and I argued over who got the mixing bowl. She won; I got the beater!
  • star rating 04/24/2011
  • elenapie from KAF Community
  • Excellent! However I feel you should change the directions on making the syrup, it needs to boil for at least a minute or so, otherwise it is too watery. After putting the 5 tablespoons of syrup on the cake halves I still had 4-5 TBs left. Will definitely make it again, it's light and delicious.
  • star rating 04/12/2011
  • djms718 from KAF Community
  • Well I have to say I put this on my top 10 list of favorite cakes to bake. Tiramisu is a cake I love and always wanted to find a recipe with great results I found one. This is very; if not as good as store brought. Thanks for the recipe.
  • star rating 03/30/2011
  • jophillips13866 from KAF Community
  • I baked this tiramisu cake today using your recipe for Golden Vanilla cake as the cake part and your tiramisu filling mix for the filling. Everything turned out perfect. Next time I'll pour the syrup in a spray bottle to get a more even coating on the layers. It tastes very good. I'd send a picture but I don't see a way to do it. The outside looks better than after it's cut, but after you taste it the looks don't matter. Jim in Amarillo TX
  • star rating 03/07/2011
  • runbear from KAF Community
  • I made this yesterday for my birthday. It was a great hit with adults and kids alike. I used the KAF guaranteed Golden Vanilla Cake, which was perfect for this recipe. Instead of the tiramisu filling mix I used vanilla pudding mix (something I picked up from our German exchange student) and it was delicious. The coffee taste was not terribly strong, so if you are making this for coffee-lovers perhaps you could increase the amount of syrup.
  • star rating 02/28/2011
  • kl0hurose78 from KAF Community
  • This cake looks and sounds wonderful. Question: I have a jar of HERO Pistachio Compound, could I use it with the whipcream instead of the Tiramisu mix? Any other ideas for St. Pat's Day using the Hero Compound? Thanks for your help. Your pistachio filling will be an experiment with the recipe you have cited. Perhaps that company has a website with suggested recipes. The Tiramisu mix is a powder, while the pistachio compound you have is a very thick paste. They will yield different results when mixed with the cream for filling! Irene @ KAF
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