Featuring layers of white cake brushed with coffee and a hint of dark rum, this Tiramisu Cake is a new favorite in our house!
Raise your hand if you’re a coffee addict. If you just like a good cup of joe, then you can keep your hand down. Mom-in-law, you can keep your hand raised. My mother-in-law has been staying with us a good bit lately, and she loves coffee. I’m talking like 6-7 cups a day. In her defense, she does switch to decaf somewhere around 4pm, but holy cow!
My wife and I look forward to our morning cup of coffee, and we like our java strong. The stronger the better as far as we’re concerned. Funny story: we have one of those big coffee machines that grinds beans for each cup. We tinkered with the settings so that it makes a pretty strong cup of coffee. (That strong coffee has been a life-saver with all of the late nights we’ve been pulling with Robbie.) We made mom-in-law a cup of coffee from that machine one morning, and she could barely finish it. So now we have a Keurig set up in the kitchen right next to our coffee machine. That’s right. We have two ways to make coffee…as if we needed more stuff on our counters!
Given the insanely high amount of coffee being made in our house every day, I decided to grab a bit and make a java-inspired dessert. Tiramisu. One of my all-time favorite desserts! In fact, tiramisu is one of the first desserts that I ever learned how to make after graduating from college. It is pretty simple, and pretty impressive to serve to company. Or for dessert when I made dinner for my future-wife.
But I didn’t go straight traditional with this tiramisu. I turned it into a cake. A Tiramisu Cake. White cake brushed with coffee + rum. Frosted with mascarpone frosting. This cake was amazing, y’all! And for garnish, I stopped by a local Italian market and picked up a bulk pack of ladyfingers. These were legit authentic Italian ladyfingers, too. No English at all on the package. And the other nice thing about using ladyfingers as garnish? I didn’t have to worry about making the sides of this cake look nice! I knew the ladyfingers would hide any blemishes or blobs of uneven frosting.
And since we clearly needed to increase our coffee consumption in this house (note the sarcasm), I decided to serve slices of this cake alongside a hot cup of coffee. This Tiramisu Cake is definitely up there on my life of favorite cakes now. My wife said she loved it so much that she might request it for her birthday next year. Hopefully we don’t run out of coffee before then!
How do you like your coffee? (I expect a spoon to stand straight up in my cup!)
Isn’t it fun to say ladyfingers?