Tiramisu Cupcakes


Sometimes grown-ups need cupcakes too.  Of course, you could serve these to kids, just not right before bedtime.  These are really not tiramisu- they are just tiramisu-themed.  There is espresso but no liqueur.  There is cream cheese instead of mascarpone.  So, Italian purists: whatevs.

  • 12 yellow or white cupcakes, baked and cooled.  Use your favorite cake mix or recipe.
  • 2 T. instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/4 C. sugar, divided
  • 1 C. water
  • 1 1/2 C. whipping cream
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate curls or sprinkles for garnish
  • cocoa powder

First make the espresso syrup.  In a small saucepan, combine the espresso powder, 1 C. of the sugar, and 1 C. water.  Bring to a rapid boil stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and cool.  You will have leftover syrup which you can put into steamed milk, or in a vodka and cream cocktail – similar to a White Russian.

To make the topping, pour the cream and the rest of the sugar into a bowl or a food processor and whip until stiff peaks form.  Add the very soft cream cheese and process until smooth.  Add 2 t. of the espresso syrup and the salt and process for just a few more seconds.

To assemble the cupcakes, use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the cakes with the espresso syrup.  Brush them all once and wait one minute, then brush them all a second time.  Place the topping into a piping bag with a star tip.  I used my Squeeze It Decorator which I love because it’s so easy (totally not a paid endorsement) .  Pipe the topping in a pretty spiral.  Dust them with some cocoa powder in a mesh sieve and top with a few chocolate curls or sprinkles.  Chill until ready to serve.



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I am a mother of two children, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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