Tiramisu Cupcakes

Filled with tiramisu cream and topped with a Kahlua mascarpone buttercream frosting, these Tiramisu Cupcakes are light, fluffy, and absolutely irresistible.

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Moist & Fluffy Tiramisu Cupcakes

If you haven’t already guessed, I am a huge fan of tiramisu. I’ve made so many recreations of the classic dessert, from cheesecake to brookies, and I love them all. Today’s tiramisu cupcakes are a bit of a combination of my classic tiramisu recipe and my tiramisu poke cake.

I chose to use a lighter, more traditional vanilla cupcake as the base, instead of my go-to vanilla cupcakes, to balance out the richness of the filling and frosting. Then I added the same filling I used for the poke cake frosting and for the tiramisu. I am obsessed with tiramisu filling. I could seriously just sit down with a spoon and a bowl of tiramisu filling and be a happy camper.

Naturally, any dessert that includes a generous helping of tiramisu filling is at the top of my list. I’m also a big fan of combining Kahlua and espresso, which is drizzled into the center of the cupcake, before the filling.

The end result, between the light cupcake, rich filling, and mascarpone buttercream topping, is an absolutely irresistible cupcake. I cannot get enough of these and if you’re a fan of tiramisu, I know you’re going to fall in love with them too!

Tiramisu Cupcakes on silver stand close up

What You’ll Need

These tiramisu cupcakes include classic ingredients like Kahlua, espresso, and mascarpone cheese, along with a handful of ingredients you likely have in the pantry.

For the Cupcakes

  • Salted butter – If you use unsalted butter, you’ll want to add about half a teaspoon of salt.
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream – Gives the cupcakes a slight tang and also helps keep them moist.
  • Egg whites
  • All purpose flour – Not self-rising flour.
  • Baking powder – Helps create the light, fluffy texture.
  • Milk
  • Water

For the Tiramisu Filling

  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Mascarpone cheese – A classic Tiramisu filling ingredient.
  • Heavy whipping cream – Whipped to help hold the form of the filling.
  • Warm water – Combined with the espresso granules.
  • Kahlua

For the Frosting

  • Unsalted butter – Room temperature.
  • Powdered sugar – For volume and consistency and sweetens the frosting.
  • Kahlua or espresso – It’s up to you which of these you prefer in the frosting.
  • Mascarpone cheese – This should also be at room temperature.
Tiramisu Cupcakes on silver stand

How to Make Tiramisu Cupcakes

These decadent cupcakes are made in three stages – the cupcakes, the filling, and the frosting. The cupcakes do need to cool completely before adding the filling, so I recommend making them several hours ahead of time or even the night before.

Make the Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the pan. Line a cupcake pan with liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the batter. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and sour cream. Add the egg whites in two batches. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and water. Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter, then the milk mixture, and finally the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until well-combined between each addition.
  3. Bake. Fill the cupcake liners halfway. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Make the Filling & Fill the Cupcakes

  1. Cook the egg yolks and sugar. Combine the egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly. The color should be light and the sugar dissolved. Whip the yolks until thickened and slightly yellow.
  2. Combine the ingredients. Fold the mascarpone into the whipped yolks. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the warm water, espresso, and Kahlua.
  3. Fill the cupcakes. When the cupcakes are cool, cut out the centers. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of the espresso mixture over the inside of the cupcake holes, then fill with the tiramisu filling.

Make the Frosting

  1. Beat the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the other ingredients. Add two cups of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of Kahlua (or espresso). Mix until smooth. Add another cup of powdered sugar and the remaining Kahlua. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add in the mascarpone. Carefully fold in the mascarpone cheese. Then add in the remaining cup of powdered sugar, until just smooth.
  4. Add to the cupcakes. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with cocoa and chocolate covered espresso beans, if desired.
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Can I Make These Without Kahlua?

Yes, if you want to make non-alcoholic tiramisu, you can omit the Kahlua from this recipe. I’m a big fan of the two flavors together but you can simply replace the Kahlua with more espresso if desired.

Tips for Success

For a tiramisu dessert with authentic flavor, keep these tips in mind.

  • Don’t overbake the cupcakes. For moist, fluffy cupcakes, be sure to not overbake them. They should still have a few crumbs on the toothpick when removed from the oven as they will continue to bake once removed.
  • Use a cupcake corer. For ease when cutting out the center of the cupcakes, use a cupcake corer. It will make things so much easier!
  • Don’t overcook the egg yolks. The mixture should be slightly yellow and thick when removed from heat. If the mixture starts to get too thick and/or a darker yellow, it’s overcooked.
  • Wait to add the mascarpone to the frosting. Mascarpone cheese seems to get softer the more you beat it and then it doesn’t firm up as well when refrigerated again. Because of that, I suggest carefully folding it in just before the final bit of powdered sugar is added.
  • What to do with the cupcake centers? If you have any leftover filling, I recommend mixing it with the cupcake centers and devouring it. So good!
Three Tiramisu Cupcakes on plate close up

Serving & Decorating

Since these tiramisu cupcakes need to be stored in the fridge, I like to put them on the counter for 30 or so minutes before serving. This makes the frosting and filling a little softer and not quite so cold.

For decorating before serving, I like to add a little sprinkle of cocoa powder and some chocolate-covered espresso beans on top of the frosting. You can also add a sprinkle of chocolate shavings if desired.

Leftovers & Storage

Tiramisu cupcakes should be stored in the fridge, due to the frosting and filling. Keep them covered in an airtight container. They will last for up to 3 days. I would not recommend freezing them, especially once frosted.

Three Tiramisu Cupcakes on plate
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Recipe

Tiramisu Cupcakes

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Filled with tiramisu cream and topped with a Kahlua mascarpone buttercream frosting, these Tiramisu Cupcakes are light, fluffy, and absolutely irresistible.


Ingredients

CUPCAKES

  • 6 tbsp salted butter, room temp (I use Challenge Butter)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp water

TIRAMISU FILLING

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua

FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Kahlua or espresso
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature

Instructions

Make the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla extract and sour cream and mix until well combined.
  4. Add egg whites in two batches, mixing until well combined.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl, then combine milk and water in another bowl.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  7. Fill cupcake liners about halfway. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
  8. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the Filling & Fill the Cupcakes

  1. While cupcakes cool, make the filling. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a metal mixing bowl set over a pot with simmering water in it.
  2. Cook for about 6-8 minutes, with heat on low, stirring constantly, or until mixture is light in color and sugar is dissolved. If mixture starts to get too thick and a darker yellow, it’s overcooked.
  3. When done, whip yolks with mixer until they thicken and yellow a bit.
  4. Fold mascarpone cheese into whipped yolks.
  5. Add heavy whipping cream to another mixer bowl and whip until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.
  7. In another small bowl, combine warm water, espresso and Kahlua.
  8. Once cupcakes are cool, cut out the centers. I use a cupcake corer.
  9. Drizzle about 1 tbsp of the espresso mixture over the inside of the holes of the cupcakes, then fill in the holes with the tiramisu filling.

Make the Frosting

  1. To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp of Kahlua and mix until smooth.
  3. Add another cup of powdered sugar and remaining Kahlua and mix until smooth.
  4. Carefully fold in the mascarpone cheese.
  5. With mixer on low speed, add the remaining cup of powdered sugar and mix just until smooth. You don’t want to over mix the msacarpone cheese or it could become too thin.
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with some cocoa and top with chocolate covered espresso beans, if desired.

Notes

Store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, I recommend letting them sit out for 20-30 minutes, so they aren’t too cold and firm.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
  • Calories: 439
  • Sugar: 47.9 g
  • Sodium: 69.8 mg
  • Fat: 20.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 80.2 mg

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162 Comments
  1. Pam Fink

    Tiramisu is my favorite and I have never found a cupcake recipe that even came close! Always too dry, some subbing cream cheese for mascarpone (what is THAT even?!?) or in general just completely missing the mark on the rich, smooth, tender, espresso soaked flavor that a great tiramisu truly delivers. These checked all the boxes!

  2. Virginia

    This cupcake is so much more than its component parts. The crumb is delicious even before adding great toppings and fillings.

    I find the espresso amount could be increased by 50% and the filling halved. However, I used the extra filling mixed with some leftover SMBC for the frosting instead of the one from this recipe.

    I also once doubled the recipe to make a poke cake with great success. Simply brushed the espresso over the whole cake and piped the mascarpone filling into the holes.

  3. Ken Kardatzke

    This recipe was a HUGE hit… thank you so much for sharing it… I have given the link to this recipe to so many people… thanks again

  4. Heather

    I made these this weekend for an Italian themed party. They were a huge hit. So delicious!!!!!

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