LET THEM EAT CAKE: Tiramisu Cupcakes

When I married into a big Italian family I began a love affair with the quintessential Italian dessert, Tiramisu.
Layers of lady fingers drenched in espresso, cushioned in a mixture of whipped mascarpone cheese and then laced with marsala wine. It's as close to dessert heaven as you can get! 
And speaking of dessert heaven, that is exactly where I thought I had found myself when I came across these Tiramisu Cupcakes at Darjeeling Dreams, a journal of life and food as seen through the eyes of the lovely Joyti, who was kind enough to share her recipe with us today!
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Tiramisu Cupcakes
For 12 3-oz cupcakes:
1 cup AP flour 
1 tbsp cornstarch 
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each baking soda
2 extra-large egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
5 generous tbsp butter, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean

For mascarpone frosting:
8 oz. mascarpone, at room temperature
5/8 cup whipping/heavy cream (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp)
1/4 cup confectioner's/powdered sugar

For Coffee-Liquer Syrup:
1/3 cup of strong espresso
2 tbsp granulated or caster sugar
2 tbsp of Kahlua, dark rum, marsala wine...
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa or grated bitter/semisweet dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 12 3-oz baking cups on a flat baking sheet.
Sift together AP flour, cornstarch, baking powder,and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. Place egg whites in a large bowl, and add the 1/4 cup of sugar and salt. Mix for 4-5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. If you hold the bowl upside down, the peaks should hold. 
Pour milk into small saucepan. Scrap the vanilla bean, add scraped seeds and vanilla bean pod to the milk. Heat until milk is warm. Immediately add butter and remaining sugar to the mixture. Mix thoroughly until butter has melted. 
Using a rubber spatula, alternately fold the dry ingredients and milk-butter into the egg whites, a third at a time. Be careful not to lose the volume of the egg whites. 
Divide batter evenly among prepared cupcakes liners/pan. You can fill 2 1/2 to scant 3 tbsp of batter in each. 
Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes.
In the meantime, make the mascarpone frosting. In a large, cool bowl, combine 1 cup (8 oz) of mascarpone, 5/8 cup cool heavy cream (or double cream), and 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Using a whisk (balloon whisk would be best), beat until the mixture is homogeneous, thick, and still smooth. Be careful not to overwhip: the mixture will lose its smoothness and the taste of the overwhipped cream will overwhelm the mascarpone. 
Also, make the coffee-liqueur syrup. Brew coffee/espresso. While it is still bot, combine with sugar and liqueur, and stir until sugar has dissolved. 
To assemble: Poke 5-6 holes into cupcakes using a small toothpick. Pour at least 1/2 tbsp of coffee-liqueur syrup over each cupcake. If the cupcakes are not absorbing quickly enough, pour about 1 tsp over each, and wait a few minutes for it to absorb, and then add 1/2+ per cupcake. Allow the cupcakes to rest for an additional 5 minutes. 
Divide the mascarpone frosting evenly among cupcakes, and frost as desired. Grate bittersweet/semisweet chocolate over the cupcakes OR sift cocoa powder over each (see NOTE). 
NOTE: You can also core the syrup-soaked cupcakes and fill with some of the mascarpone frosting, and top with a thinner mascarpone layer for a more layered, tiramisu-like effect. For 'show', the grated chocolate looks nicer, but adding cocoa powder instead tastes more authentic.

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  1. "Qu’ils mangent de la brioche" ;)

    I would rather have these cupcakes, thank you.

    Lovely sharing. Thank you!


  2. This sounds heavenly–and just the right size!

  3. Oh Lordy! They look divine and as someone who LOVES cooking I will be trying these. TYSM also for your lovely comments over at mine xx

  4. Dearest Anastasia,
    That sounds like a yummy dessert for making tiramisu cupcakes! Have to try them one day. Made the tiramisu for my birthday last week and it always has been a favorite of our guests.'
    Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  5. Thank you Anastasia, for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the recipe :)