In need of a coffee “pick-me-up” !!  Then look no further, I have the perfect RECIPE for you.  It’s boozy, laced with strong dark coffee, topped with mascarpone and a dusting of cocoa.

Hey, I know what you’re thinking it’s Tiramisu – that really delicious Italian Dessert and yes, your absolutely right, but not in it’s usual “traditional” form.  This Tiramisu has been given a makeover.

Behold the very Italian and very yummy Tiramisu Cupcake.



If you love coffee as much as I do then you will absolutely love this delicious coffee cupcake. So, easy to put together, I promise, less than 10 mins .

These light sponge vanilla cupcakes are soaked in hot coffee – I used my favourite dark Kenco coffee.



If you happen to have some coffee liqueur lying about (such as Tia Maria) then add a tsp or two to the coffee.  If you haven’t no worries the coffee will do just fine.

Always make sure the coffee is hot, the cake absorbs it quicker that way. A quick 2 second dip is all you need to get the perfect coffee hit.



Of course, a tiramisu would be just a plain coffee dessert without it’s delicious mascarpone topping. These cupcakes are no exception, each cupcake is finished off with a whipped mascarpone cream frosting and of course a dusting of cocoa powder.


A few tips for the perfect Tiramisu Cupcakes

  • Always us the best full fat mascarpone cheese
  • Ground coffee works best, instant coffee doesn’t have the kick!



Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Category: Dessert

Yield: 12



  • 175g butter
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  • 1-2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 350ml hot coffee
  • 500ml double cream
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tup (250g) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C /350f
  • Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.
  • Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the paper cases.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cakes are well and golden brown on top.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool
  • When cakes are cool
  • Mix together all the ingredients for the hot coffee soak.
  • Dip the bottom of each cupcake into coffee soak for 2 seconds.
  • Put back on the wire tray
  • Beat the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the icing sugar.
  • Beat on medium until nice and stiff.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract. Beat until silky smooth and nice and thick enough to pipe.
  • Transfer the mascarpone frosting to a piping bag.
  • Pipe a swirl onto each cupcake and dust with cocoa powder.



For my overseas readers I have included  a conversion tool below !!  You can use it to convert grms to cups etc. It’s an experiment so please let me know if you find it helpful.

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  • Natalia July 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    What an amazing idea! These cupcakes look mouthwatering!

    • Karyn July 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Natalia.. they are very addictive and easy to bake 😉

  • cookilicious July 12, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Wow what a wonderful idea! Tiramisu and cupcakes! Super cool idea. Loved it.

  • Cindy Rodriguez July 12, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I always struggle with choosing what dessert to eat and tiramisu and cupcakes are definitely tough competitors but with your amazing recipe I don’t have to choose- thanks!

  • Patty @ Spoonabilities July 13, 2017 at 12:04 am

    These look absolutely heavenly! What a fantastic dessert!

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Patty.. Cupcakes are hard to say no to 😉

  • Denise Wright July 13, 2017 at 12:11 am

    This is making my mouth water!

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      My kids would totally agree with you Denise.. They love them too

  • Anyonita July 14, 2017 at 7:53 am

    What a brilliant idea!!

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Anyonita.. and best of all they are so so easy to make

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh July 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I love tiramisu! These sound so perfect! I would love to eat that frosting with a spoon!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife July 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I have always loved tiramisu, and what a genius idea to make tiramisu cupcakes! These look and sound amazing!

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      I’m a cupcake addict Marlynn and this dessert is so yummy in cupcake form!!

  • soniya Saluja July 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Oh my goodness !!The cupcakes looks so scumptious . I can’t wait to try these 😀

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      They are definitely worth trying.. so easy to make 😉

  • Adriana Lopez Martn July 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Beautiful photography and a great dessert. Your version looks really nice and moist. Send me one =)

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      So glad you like the photos Adriana..I’m slowly getting to grips with my new camera

  • Veena Azmanov July 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Oh this is such a great idea! I love tiramisu so these look so perfect!

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      They are so easy to make Veena .. glad you liked them thanks for the comment

  • Helene D'Souza July 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Oh that’s genius. My husband is a big tiramisu eater and bite sized tiramisu will take his dessert love to a whole new level.

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Helene;) My hubbie loves them too

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy July 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    OMG this is calling my name. Coffee, booze and cheese…yup you have all the bases covered. I would love anytime, and it would make the perfect birthday cupcake for me too.

    • Karyn July 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Absolutely Gloria..perfect birthday treat;)

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way July 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Tiramisu!! In a bite size piece!! Yes! This is exactly what I love. All the flavors that I love and I’ve made tiramisu several times but this would be great. I could sneak one or two — no one would be the wiser!! Yay!!

  • Kylee from Kylee Cooks July 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Tiramisu is my FAVORITE!! Wherever it’s on a menu, I order it. I love this bite sized version, and a cute twist on it too!

  • Whitney @WhittyPaleo July 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    These cupcakes look lovely.. I love the Tiramisu cupcake spin – would be especially great for coffee lovers. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Karyn July 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Your welcome Whitney 😉 so glad you liked the recipe

  • Hanady | Recipe Nomad July 17, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Yummy! Those are some seriously scrumptious looking Tiramisu Cupcakes! My book club would love love love these!

    • Karyn July 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

      They would be perfect Hanady!! maybe with a cold glass of Italian white wine lol

  • Molly Kumar July 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These look soooo delicious and cute! Who doesn’t love a tiramisu and to make it as a cupcake would be fab!

    • Karyn July 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Molly.. they make a lovely treat especially with an espresso!!!

  • Swathi July 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    You are right these are like pick me up. I am ready to pick one Triamisu cupcakes is perfect with drenched coffee. Yum .

    • Karyn July 19, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Nothing beats tiramisu if your a coffee addict ..and these are just perfect with an espresso😉 thanks for the comment Swathi very nice to hear from you


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