Tiramisu Layer Cake: An Easy and Elegant Easter Dessert

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Who can resist the classic flavors of tiramisu? This Easter, why not take your dessert game to the next level with a stunning and delicious tiramisu layer cake? It’s easier to make than you think, and it’s sure to impress your family and friends.


  • For the cake:
  • 1 box (18.25 oz) vanilla cake mix
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlúa (optional)
  • For the coffee syrup:
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlúa (optional)
  • For the mascarpone filling:
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • For the frosting (optional):
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlúa (optional)
  • For garnish:
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Semi-sweet chocolate, for shaving


Preheat the oven and prepare the pans

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

Make the cake batter

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, and water with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Create the coffee flavored cake layer

  1. Divide 2/3 of the batter between 2 of the prepared pans. Stir the instant coffee powder into the remaining batter, then pour it into the third pan.

Bake the cake layers

  1. Bake the cakes for 23-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Make the coffee syrup

  1. While the cakes cool, combine the coffee, sugar, and Kahlúa (if using) in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Make the mascarpone filling

  1. In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.

Assemble the cake

  1. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Brush the top with the coffee syrup. Spread half of the mascarpone filling over the cake. Top with the second cake layer, brush with coffee syrup, and spread the remaining filling. Top with the third cake layer and brush with the remaining coffee syrup.

Frost the cake (optional)

  1. If using frosting, whip the heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar and Kahlúa (if using) until stiff peaks form. Frost the sides and top of the cake.

Garnish the cake

  1. Dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings.


  • For a stronger coffee flavor, use espresso instead of brewed coffee.
  • If you don’t have Kahlúa, you can use rum extract or almond extract instead.
  • Let the cake chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld and the cake to set.
  • This cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy your delicious and impressive Tiramisu Layer Cake!

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe for Tiramisu Layer Cake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Easter with your loved ones.

Ann Shrott

I am a freelance writer with a deep passion for the latest trendy titles to produce content. What I'm striving for is to write about something well researched and make blogs sparkle. Keep on reading!

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