Tiramisu Baby Cakes

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Prep 40min (+2hr 30min chilling and 20min cooling time)Bake 15minMakes 8 serves

This Italian classic is taken to a whole new level as elegant individual dessert cakes with a rich chocolate topping... Just serve with a fork!


185ml (¾ cup) strong freshly brewed coffee
60ml (¼ cup) Marsala
75g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa), grated
Chocolate dollar fives, to sprinkle (optional)

    Sponge Layers

    Melted butter, to grease
    4 eggs, at room temperature
    165g (¾ cup) caster sugar
    60ml (¼ cup) milk
    20g butter
    110g (¾ cup) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
    30g (¼ cup) cornflour

    Mascarpone mixture

    150ml thickened cream
    90g (⅔ cup) icing sugar, sifted
    125g mascarpone

      Chocolate ganache

      250g good-quality dark chocolate (54% cocoa), chopped
      80ml (⅓ cup) pouring cream


        1. To make the Sponge Layers, place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and then preheat it to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Brush two 30cm x 20cm shallow cake tin with a little melted butter to lightly grease and hen line the base and sides with one piece of baking paper, cutting into the corners to fit.
        2. Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment on high speed to whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until until the mixture is very thick and pale (this will take about 5 minutes). Lift the whisk out of the mixture and draw a figure eight, if the trail stays on the surface long enough for you to finish drawing then the mixture is ready. If not, continue to whisk for a further minutes and then test again.
        3. Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Remove from the heat. Sift the flour and cornflour together over the egg mixture. Immediately pour the warm milk mixture down the side of the bowl and whisk again with the electric mixer briefly, until the flour mixture is just incorporated (be careful not to over mix).
        4. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins, and use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread evenly. Gently tap the tins on the bench top three times to settle the mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until the cake is a pale golden colour, spring back when lightly touched in the centre and start pulling away from the sides of the tin. Remove from the oven and stand for 2 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely (this will take about 20 minutes).
        5. Line the base and sides of a 16cm x 26cm cake tin with two strips of non-stick baking paper allowing the paper to overhand the sides by about 10cm.
        6. To make the mascarpone mixture, use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk the cream and icing sugar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone and whisk until firm peaks just form.
        7. Cut each of the sponge in half. Combine the coffee and Marsala. Place one sponge layer on the base of the prepared tin and sprinkle with a quarter of the coffee mixture. Spread with a third of the Mascarpone mixture (about ½ cup) and then sprinkle with a third of the grated chocolate. Continue to layer with the remaining sponge, coffee mixture, grated chocolate and mascarpone mixture, finishing with a sponge layer sprinkled with the remaining coffee and Marsala mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until firm enough to cut.
        8. Use the overhanging baking paper to remove the tiramisu from the tin and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife trim the edges and then cut into 8 portions about 4.5cm x 7cm each and place on a wire rack over a tray. Return to the fridge while making the Chocolate ganache
        9. To make the Chocolate ganache, combine the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of barely simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir occasionally until just melted and combined.
        10. Remove the cakes from the fridge and place on a wire rack. Pour a little of the Chocolate ganache over each cake, spreading it to cover the top. Sprinkle with the chocolate Dollar Fives if using and return to the fridge for 30 minutes or until the ganache is set before serving.

        Baker's Tips

        • These Tiramisu cakes will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

        This recipe is from Anneka's SBS Food online column, Bakeproof: Little CakesCLICK HERE for more Bakeproof recipes.

        Photography by Alan Benson.