Tiramisu cake – a layered cake version of the Italian classic. Infused with delicious coffee syrup and filled with luscious vegan mascarpone. It’s light, fluffy, and rich all at the same time. If you’re looking for a dessert to make for a special occasion, like, I don’t know, valentine’s day? Since we are in the month of February, this will be the perfect dessert to make for your loved ones or any time of the year!
This is a two-day process to maximize efficiency and to make things easier. So plan accordingly. Please see the notes sections for more details!
- 1 cup (240ml) – non-dairy milk, I used soy
- 1 teaspoon – white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup (162g) – all-purpose flour, leveled and sifted
- 2 tablespoons – potato starch
- 1 cup (150g) – granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon – kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon – baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon – baking soda
- ¼ cup (60g) – vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons (24g) – vegetable shortening
Vegan Mascarpone Filling:
- ¾ cup (150g) – raw cashews https://amzn.to/39XdUhs
- 1–2 cups – hot water, to soak cashews in
- ½ cup (120ml) – coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon – lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon – salt
- ¼ cup (25g) – powdered sugar
- ¼ cup – brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons – granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon – rum, optional
- Cocoa powder
- (2) 6-inch – cake pans
- Parchment paper
- Food scale or measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
- Mixing bowls
- Rubber spatula
- Wire cooling rack
- High-speed blender
- Desired serving dish or 6-inch cakeboard https://amzn.to/3jqhW5j
- Cake turntable https://amzn.to/3cP9RFW or lazy susan https://amzn.to/36QI44g
- Offset spatula https://amzn.to/3jzwr6Y
- Bench scraper https://amzn.to/3cU8wh5
- Piping bag and your favorite large piping tip
- Small fine sieve
- In a large bowl, soak the cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
- Drain the cashews from the water, and place them in a high-speed blender. Along with coconut cream, lemon juice, salt, and powdered sugar.
- Blend until you get a smooth texture.
- Transfer to a bowl, and allow the mascarpone to chill in the fridge overnight. The mascarpone will be fairly runny, chilling it in the fridge overnight will allow it to firm up and will be easier to work with when we assemble.
Making the cakes:
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly grease the bottom of two 6-inch round cake pans, and line it with parchment paper. Greasing it will help the parchment stick.
- Next, combine the non-dairy milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Set aside to curdle.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add in the vegetable oil and vegetable shortening to the dry ingredients and use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to combine. The vegetable shortening will be difficult to mix in, but try your best to break it up until you get a crumbly, almost sandy texture.
- Add a third of the milk mixture, and mix until you get a fairly smooth batter. Add half of the remaining milk mixture and repeat. Finally, add in the remaining milk mixture and continue to mix until you get smooth and fairly running batter.
- Evenly distribute the cake batter into the prepared cake pans, and tap the pan onto a work surface to release any bubbles.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, then it is done. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Then transfer it to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
- When your cakes are fully cooled, use plastic wrap or a reusable zipped bag to place the cakes in. Transfer the cakes to the fridge to rest overnight along with the mascarpone filling. See notes
- First, in a small bowl, combine the brewed coffee, sugar, and rum (if using). Mix until all the sugar has been dissolved. Set aside until ready to use.
- Then, remove the cakes and mascarpone filling from the fridge. Remove the cakes from the plastic wrap or zipped bag and peel off the parchment paper on the bottom. Place the cakes on a flat surface, like a large chopping board.
- Next, take a serrated knife or cake leveler to evenly cut the dome from the top of the cake. I like getting down at eye level with my cake to see if it is leveled
- After, place your desired serving plate or a 6-inch cake board onto a cake turntable or lazy susan. Add a bit of the mascarpone filling on the plate or cakeboard, and place your first cake layer over top. The small dollop of the filling underneath the cake helps it from sliding around as you decorate it.
- Next, use a spoon to generously spread half of the coffee syrup over the cake. See notes
- Then, add a few scoops of the mascarpone filling onto your first cake layer. Use your cake turntable and offset spatula to smooth it down until it’s about ⅓ inch thick. Make sure the filling is as level as possible, so be sure to get down to eye level and check to see that it’s nice and even before adding your next cake layer. It’s okay if the filling is overflowing off the edges, we will clean that up later. See notes
- Gently stack the second cake layer, make sure to check that the cake is not leaning to one side. Add the remaining coffee syrup and add another layer of the mascarpone filling to the second cake layer.
- Use your bench scraper and the turntable to smooth and clean up the sides of the cake. Discard any excess filling back to the bowl of the remaining mascarpone.
- Carefully transfer the cake to the fridge to chill for 30 minutes to an hour. This will just help the cake and the filling to firm up before we continue to decorate. At this stage, place the remaining mascarpone filling in the fridge to chill as well.
- Remove the cake from the fridge, and place it over the cake turntable once again. Fit your favorite piping tip into a piping bag, and fill it with the remaining mascarpone. Then, decorate the cake how you like!
- Finally, dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder using a small fine-mesh sieve and about a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
- Chill the final cake in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving!
- Split the work into 2 days. This is just to maximize efficiency and also to make things easier. So how do I do this? I simply bake the cake and mascarpone filling on Day 1. On Day 2, I assemble and serve! This just makes it so that you’re not in the kitchen all day long. You can do this in one day, but if you do, I highly suggesting starting early in the morning.
- Chilling the cakes overnight. This is the reason why I make the cake on one day because I like to chill the cake in the fridge overnight. It makes the cakes much easier to work with than a freshly baked cake.
- Since we are drenching these cakes with coffee syrup, it will make the cake moist and soft. So working with cold cakes will ensure that they will not cave in. Please, do not try to rush this and do this with freshly baked cakes.
- The mascarpone filling is very runny after you blend it up. Allowing the filling to chill in the fridge overnight allows it to firm up, and will make it easier to work with.
- Since mascarpone filling is not a classic buttercream frosting, it will soften quickly. And if you’re living in a warmer climate, this will make it just a bit difficult to work with. If you ever feel that the filling is getting way too soft, stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm up again.
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