Becky Pendergraft




Tiramisu Cupcakes


For the cake

1 1/4 cups cake flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup milk

1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste

4 Tbsp unsalted butter

3 large eggs + 3 egg yolks, at room temp

1 cup sugar

For the coffee syrup

8 Tbsp strongly brewed coffee

1/4 cup sugar

For the frosting

1 cup heavy cream

8oz mascarpone

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Chocolate coffee beans, for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 325. Line two muffin pans with paper liners (24 total). Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add milk, butter, vanilla bean paste, and butter. Heat in 15 second intervals until butter is melted.
2. Whisk the eggs by hand over a simmering pot of water for 6 minutes, until warm. Then move mixer bowl to your stand mixer. Whisk mixture until pale, fluffy and thick enough to hold a ribbon on the surface for several seconds when the whisk is lifted.
3. Switch to the paddle attachment. With the mixer set on low, add flour mixture and slowly add the milk mixture, mixing until just combined. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned and a skewer comes out clean. Let sit in pan until just warm to the touch. Using a knife or fork, gently poke 4-5 holes in each cupcake (you want to give the syrup a way to travel down the cupcake but you don’t want to tear up the cupcake).
4. To make the coffee syrup: Mix coffee and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Using a silicone pastry brush, brush the tops of the cupcakes, letting the first round soak in completely before making another pass. Repeat until all of the syrup has been used.
5. Make the mascarpone frosting: With the whisk attachment, whip the cream on high until stiff peaks just form. Add the mascarpone, powdered sugar, and vanilla and whisk on medium-high for 1-2 minutes. Frost cupcakes when they have completely cooled. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder and chocolate coffee beans.

*Adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes

-- Becky, North Carolina,

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Loren Ebert

These sound DELISH! Thanks for sharing!! :o)

Becky Pendergraft

Sure! I love how light and fluffy the cupcakes bake up – just right for soaking in all that syrup ;)

Tiffany Palmer

Sounds delicious! Will definitely try these if I can find vanilla bean paste. :)

Becky Pendergraft

Oh, SweetBee – if you’re not able to find vanilla bean paste, you can simply use one vanilla bean (split and scraped) instead! :)


Can’t wait to try these! I love trying new cupcake recipes and I love tiramisu . In fact I got mascarpone just sitting in my fridge waiting to be used.

Meg Casini

these are delicious! i’ve made them before…thanks for reminding me to make them again…very soon!

Becky Pendergraft

Sure thing! Always glad to be of service in tempting someone’s sweet tooth! ;)