Monday, April 11, 2011

Tiramisu Cupcake Victory!

I am not a baker.  Granted I've never really tried, but if I do ever need to bake anything, it's always the easy way out...a box of Betty Crocker Cake Mix.  I don't really ever find myself having a ton of extra time to spend all day in the kitchen baking.

I don't know what got into me this weekend, but I decided to be ambitious and try to make Tiramisu cupcakes from scratch for my mother-in-law's birthday dinner.  Wait, it was because I had a weekend off from all of my jobs and activities, and I really wanted to make a nice dessert for Jeanne's birthday.  

Although it took longer than the recipe said it would (probably because I was just really slow and trying to be extra careful not to mess anything up,) they turned out great!  They taste just like Tiramisu, which is my favorite dessert. They sure take a long time, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time, but they are sooooo worth it.

Check out the recipe below:


Yield: 18 cupcakes

Prep Time: 1 hour(or a little longer)| Bake Time: 20 minutes
For the Cupcakes:
1¼ cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ cup milk
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
3 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
For the Coffee-Marsala Syrup:
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon freshly brewed very strong coffee (or espresso)
1 ounce marsala
¼ cup granulated sugar
For the Mascarpone Frosting:
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Heat milk and vanilla-bean pod and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles appear around the edge. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter until melted, and let stand 15 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, and discard vanilla-bean pod.
2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together whole eggs, yolks, and sugar. Set mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, and whisk by hand until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from heat. With an electric mixer on high speed, whisk until mixture is fluffy, pale yellow, and thick enough to hold a ribbon on the surface for several seconds when whisk is lifted.
3. Gently but thoroughly fold flour mixture into the egg mixture in three batches; stir ½ cup batter into the strained milk mixture to thicken, then fold milk mixture into the remaining batter until just combined.
4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until centers are completely set and edges are light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
5. Make the syrup: Stir together coffee, marsala, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
6. Brush tops of cupcakes evenly with coffee-marsala syrup; repeat until all syrup has been used. Allow cupcakes to absorb liquid 30 minutes.
7. Make frosting: With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to overbeat, or cream will be grainy). In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Use immediately.
8. To finish, Dollop frosting onto cupcakes; refrigerate up to overnight in airtight containers. Dust generously with cocoa powder just before serving.
My sister-in-law, Lauren, turned me to this website-, where I found this recipe.   Michelle has so many great recipes and ideas.  Check it out if you're looking for a new recipe to try.  
Will I start baking more regularly now? was exhausting, but really fun, so if I have some extra time on a weekend, you may just start finding me baking up yummy treats in the kitchen ;)

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