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Tiramisu Sponge Cake

This tiramisu cake is made of a sponge vanilla cake soaked with coffee syrup, topped with cream cheese frosting, and dusted with cocoa powder. Just like classic tiramisu but in a cake form!


Ingredients for Sponge Cake:

  • 6 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Cake flour
  • 1 cup White sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 1 (8oz) stick Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white Sugar

Coffee Syrup & Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Strong coffee, room temperature or cold
  • 2 tbsps. white Sugar
  • 2 tsp Rum (optional)
  • 2 tbsps. Unsweetened Cocoa powder for dusting the finished cake


Instructions for Sponge Cake:

  • Preheat the Oven to 350˚F. .
  • Butter or spray the 8” pan with oil and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Sift your flour.
  • In a bowl, add 6 eggs and beat on high speed for 1 min with your stand mixer.
  • With the mixer on, gradually add the sugar and continue to beat on the highest speed for 8 min.
  • The egg mixture should be thick, pale yellow and tripled in volume.
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla and sift the flour into your batter.
  • Fold the flour in with a spatula just until all of the flour is incorporated.
  • Be careful not to over-mix since you are relying on the fluffiness of the eggs for volume.
  • Transfer the batter to your prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool down 10 minutes.
  • Then remove cake from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the cake is at room temperature, you can cut it in half to make two cake layers then remove the parchment paper.

Instructions for Frosting:

  • Beat the Thickened/heavy/whipping cream on high speed until stiff.
  • In a separate bowl, beat softened cream cheese and sugar on medium/high speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Use a spatula to fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well blended and refrigerate the frosting until ready to use.

Instruction for Coffee Syrup:

  • Mix 1½ cups strong coffee with 2 Tbsp sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Adding rum is optional.

Assembling the Tiramisu Sponge Cake:

  • Place one of the cakes on a cake platter.
  • Brush half of the coffee syrup over the bottom layer.
  • Spread 1/3 of the frosting over the first cake layer.
  • Center the second cake layer over the frosting and brush the remaining half of the syrup over the second cake layer.
  • Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Pipe little designs all over the top then dust generously with unsweetened coco powder, then your cake is ready to serve.