The BEST Tiramisu Cupcakes for any occasion! Made with fluffy vanilla cupcakes that are soaked in a melt-in-your-mouth coffee syrup and topped off with a creamy mascarpone cheese icing. There is nothing like these cupcakes for a next-level dessert that’s impressive and delicious!
There are a few things you should know about these Tiramisu Cupcakes:
- Sweet, delicious, fluffy, and basically just perfect. These Tiramisu Cupcakes are such a favorite!
- They are easier to make than you think.
- Can be made in advance and iced before serving.
- They may be the best cupcakes EVER. Soooo good!
You will love how delicious these Tiramisu Cupcakes are!
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There are 3 main components for making Tiramisu Cupcakes: the vanilla cupcakes, the espresso soak, and the mascarpone icing. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe!
1. Vanilla Cupcakes
The vanilla cupcakes for this recipe are truly the best ever! Fluffy and delicious, you’ll only need simple ingredients. All-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, butter, eggs, sugar (granulated and brown sugar), vanilla, and milk!
TIP: Don’t over-fill the cupcake liners with the cupcake batter! This would result in muffin tops that make it tough to get them out of the pan. Fill them about 2/3 to 3/4 full!
2. Espresso Soak
The espresso soak is made of espresso powder, sugar, hot water, and coffee liqueur. For the espresso powder, you can also use instant coffee. However, espresso is much stronger and preferred! Kahlua is a great option for the coffee liqueur, but there are many other options that work great in this recipe as well.
Note: This alcohol-free coffee liqueur essence is a great alternative to coffee liqueur!
3. Mascarpone Icing
One of the best parts of these cupcakes is the icing! Made with heavy whipping cream, mascarpone cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, and coffee liqueur (optional), this icing is easy to make.
While mascarpone cheese is best in this icing recipe, you can also use cream cheese (room temperature) if necessary!
How to Make Tiramisu Cupcakes
Making Tiramisu Cupcakes is actually pretty easy! Here’s a quick rundown for how to whip them up:
- Mix the cupcake batter in a large bowl.
- Bake the cupcakes.
- While the cupcakes cool, quickly mix up the soak.
- Poke holes in the cupcakes and smooth the soak over each cupcake.
- Use an electric beater to mix the icing recipe.
- Spoon or pipe over each cupcake.
- Sprinkle cocoa powder and/or chopped baking chocolate over each cupcake and enjoy!
TIP: Make sure to poke SEVERAL holes in these cupcakes in order to get the soak throughout the cupcake!
Making the Best Mascarpone Icing
If you are looking for an icing that holds up a little bit stronger for piping the cupcakes, then it may be best to leave out the coffee liqueur (as this makes it a bit more runny). Otherwise, you can always just spoon a little bit of the icing on top of each cupcake!
Shortcuts to Save Time
- Use boxed vanilla cake mix for the cupcakes.
- Top with pre-made cream cheese icing.
- Or make the soaked cupcakes in advance, refrigerate, and add icing the next day!
How to Store Tiramisu Cupcakes
These cupcakes can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator! It’s best to wait and add the icing right before you serve them. However, they are still delicious even if you add the icing the day before!
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The BEST Tiramisu Cupcakes Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cups butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons espresso powder or instant coffee
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup coffee liqueur
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream chilled
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese chilled
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon coffee liqueur optional
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder optional
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped baking chocolate optional
Making The Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
- Use a stand mixer or electric beater to cream the butter.
- Mix in the granulated sugar and brown sugar.
- Add in one egg at a time, beating until smooth.
- Add in the vanilla.
- Slowly pour in the flour mixture and milk, alternating until mixed.
- Spoon the batter into a lined cupcake pan, making sure to only fill each cupcake 2/3-3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes.
The Espresso Soak
- Combine the espresso powder and sugar.
- Add hot water and mix until the powder and sugar dissolve.
- Add in the coffee liqueur and mix.
- Poke several holes into the cupcakes using a fork or toothpick.
- Slowly spoon the espresso soak over each cupcake, allowing it to soak in and repeating with leftover soak (about 2 Tablespoons for each cupcake).
Making The Icing
- Use an electric beater to whisk the heavy cream until peaks form (about 5 minutes).
- Add in the mascarpone cheese and mix until smooth.
- Add in the vanilla and coffee liqueur (optional), mix.
- Slowly mix in the powdered sugar.
- Spoon or pipe the icing over each cupcake.
- Add a dusting of cocoa powder and/or finely chopped chocolate and enjoy!
- This recipe makes 16-18 medium cupcakes.
- Make sure to poke SEVERAL holes in these cupcakes in order to get the soak throughout the cupcake!
- For an icing that holds up a little bit stronger for piping cupcakes, it may be best to leave out the coffee liqueur (as this makes it a bit more runny).
- Otherwise, you can always just spoon the delicious icing on to each cupcake!
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