June 20, 2019

Tiramisu Cake ~ #TheCakeSliceBakers

Tiramisu - pick me up, and eat me.

The Cake Slice Bakers are half way through baking from the The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. This cookbook has some seriously delicious cakes and will lead you on a discovery of some wonderful cakes from all parts of Europe.

The choices for June were Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake, Raspberry Cremeschnitte, White Chocolate Raspberry Pistachio Mousse Cake, or a Tiramisu Cake. I was seriously tempted to make the Raspberry Cremeschnitte for the name alone, but I could not pass up the Tiramisu Cake as it is one of my favorite desserts and I knew my husband would love it for Father's Day.

When a cake has a few components I always find it easier to try and break it up over a few days to make life easier for myself.  For this cake I made the sponge cake and the custard on one day and then finished off everything else the following day, allowing a good six hours for the flavors to mingle before I served it.

I'm not sure why but I never seem to have much success with mascarpone cheese which is so annoying since it is so expensive here. I tried it at varying temperatures before mixing it with other ingredients but it always seems to have some degree of separation.  Fortunately it wasn't too bad this time, but I did decide that it would be a good idea to try and pipe it on top of the cake so I went with whipped cream instead. It was also impossible to make my cake look exactly like the one in the book as there is really no way to lift a cake like this from the base of a springform pan.  I really need to replace my springform pan that has a glass bottom, which would allow for a much nicer presentation.

Despite a few difficulties I have to say this was one amazingly delicious cake and was a big hit at our Father's Day dinner. The middle of the cake has a big coffee flavor since I used espresso powder to make a nice coffee-marsala dipping syrup,  the vanilla custard provides a lovely creamy aspect to the cake, and the ladyfingers on the exterior give a wonderful crunch. Each bite was sheer perfection.  This is definitely a cake I will be making again and again - and soon by the looks of the sad faces from those who realized that the cake was already gone when they went to grab a slice.

Recipe coming soon.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

Our choices for June 2019 were ~
  1. Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake
  2. Raspberry Cremeschnitte
  3. White Chocolate Raspberry Pistachio Mousse Cake
  4. Tiramisu Cake
Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Tea Cake
Raspberry Cremeschnitte
Tiramisu Cake
White Chocolate Raspberry Pistachio Mousse Cake
  • Note - this cake was not chosen by any group members


  1. Well that looks pretty darn amazing.

  2. Your cake looks more like the picture in the cookbook than mine. I was thrilled with how delicious it was. My custard broke too. I thought it was because of the tempering but perhaps it was the Mascarpone.

  3. That looks delicious and one I will certainly make in future.

  4. So, I guess I have to buy the cookbook to get the recipe?

    1. I can't believe I forgot to come back and insert the recipe - this was a few years ago, but I guess I was short on time when posting. I will locate the book and update it this weekend. This cake is definitely worth the effort.


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