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The best Tiramisu Cupcakes with mascarpone icing.

The BEST Tiramisu Cupcakes Recipe

Desserts & Drinks
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!
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 18 Cupcakes
Calories 301 kcal



  • 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

Espresso Soak

  • 2 Tablespoons espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup coffee liqueur

Mascarpone Icing

  • 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!


Calories: 301kcal
Keyword Tiramisu Cupcakes
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