Monday, April 16, 2012

Heavenly Egg-less Tiramisu

Ah yes, Tiramisu, a wonderful cake that I always enjoy and yet has this "fear" of attempting it myself. Somehow, it seems complicated with all that cheese layering and sponge fingers plus alcohol. Furthermore, with 2 young kids at home, raw eggs, coffee and alcohol just doesn't seem appropriate. Not to mention I ain't a fan of sponge fingers. :P However, when I saw Sonia's post a while back which redirected me to the recipe posted in RasaMalaysia, my perceptive of the cake changed.
My Tiramisu cake recipe is adapted from Terri of Hunger Hunger who guest posted her recipe in RasaMalaysia. As I read through the recipe, I grew a little more confident that I can make this! And I'm so glad I did! (^o^) The fact that it doesn't use raw eggs was already good enough for me, heehee. Thanks Terri!
Here is the recipe, slightly modified:

Ingredients for Egg-less Tiramisu (makes an 6"x7" rectangle):
2 cups (500 gm) mascarpone cheese
1 1/4 cup heavy cream (1/2 cup + 3/4 cup)

1/2 cup (about 100 gm) semi-sweet dark chocolate
1/3 cup strong espresso (I used Nescafe instead)
3 Tbsp coffee liqueur such as Tia Maria or Kahlua
4 slices of 6" by 7" of sponge cake (you can use similar or close to sizes)
8 tbsp confectioner's sugar (sifted) (5 tbsp + 3 tbsp)

Garnish: chocolate shavings
  • Mix the coffee/espresso with the coffee liqueur; chill.
  • Melt the chocolate with 1/2 cup cream over a double boiler; cool.
  • Whip the remaining 3/4 cup of heavy cream and 3 tbsp of confectioner's sugar till stiff peaks.
  • Whip the mascarpone and the 5 tbsp confectioner's sugar together till creamy, about 1 minute.
  • Fold the whipped cream gently into the mascarpone cheese. Chill mixture in fridge for at least an hour before use.
  • Lay a slice of the sponge cake on a serving plate, spoon about 1/4 of the espresso mixture over the fingers to soak. Spread 1/4 of the chocolate ganache over the cake and then spread 1/4 of the mascarpone mixture over. Repeat and end with a layer of mascarpone.
  • Garnish with choc shavings. Chill overnight or at least 8 hours.
*For sponge cake recipe, please refer to here but omit the extra flavoring to get plain vanilla.
Oh this cake is indeed heavenly~! \(^o^)/ The sponge cake was all soaked with the coffee mixture and the mascarpone cheese was really nice and light, making every bite melt in your mouth ever so easily. The chocolate ganache went really well with the coffee scent, a combination that anyone would easily fall in love with. And I was glad I went with the chocolate shavings instead of the cocoa powder as the garnish since I don't really fancy the chalky and bitter taste of the cocoa powder itself. Ehhh...but I'm so bad with my chocolate shavings, instead of nice curls, it looks more like broken wood chips. (-_-")

It's funny, but just as I was thinking about posting my tiramisu cake, I saw Wendy's post this afternoon. I was thinking like "Wow, what a coincidence! We baked the same cake at the same time!" But after reading her post, I realized that hers was done a year back and only got to post it now, heehee. Well, I guess the more the merrier right? So many varieties and all so good...yum! Hope you all will join in the tiramisu "craze" too! Happy baking all!

I am going to submit this post to this month's Aspiring Bakers #18 Layers of Love (April 2012) hosted by Sweet Samsations

Have a great week ahead all


WendyinKK said...

Yeah, let's be merry!
Haiya, I rarely post fresh stuff, u know me la.

I really like the look of your tiramisu, 4 layers! wow.

The Sweetylicious said...

Your tiramisu looks so delicious! I love it with so many layers! And is so neat and pretty! (:

Yummy Bakes said...

Wow, Wow ... very tempting and beautiful.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Ya, I wonder when will you ever catch up on all your posts! Four layers because my sponge cake was baked on a rectangular tray, I just cut into four, simple, heehee.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee thanks Sweetylicious! Actually not so neat lah... But will have to do. :) happy that u drop by, cut u a big slice!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Chris!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

yes, no egg sound better can made into so many layers, look really nice..Thanks for the mentioned.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...


Sammie said...

mmmm! So delicious!! I love this eggless recipe! It will definitely be a hit at my office because most of my coworkers are vegetarian! Thanks for your submission!! :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Yummy...I almost can taste it now!! So may layers, pretty!! No eggs some more,..must try!!

lena said...

sounds like a tiramisu week. yesterday saw wendy's one using eggs, today your without eggs and mine last friday, the cheat version using premix. Cheers to all of us! LOL!

DG said...

You never fail to show us your tall version layers cake, so is this one, pretty neatly layered :)

Joyce @ Chunky Cooky said...

Wow.. thats alot of layers !! So beautiful and wish I can have a big slice of it !!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You are most welcome Sonia! Yes yes, I think I like this version better too.

Thanks 鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝!

Thanks Sammie! Actually I don't think this cake is entirely vegetarian. The sponge cakes are still made with eggs remember?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Reese. ;) Ai ya, I also want to try your tiramisu leh, when are you going to make for me? Heehee...

Hahaha, indeed it is Lena! No lah, yours is not cheat version, I bet it's just as nice too!

Hey Doris! Long time no see! Hope all is well! Thanks for your compliments!

Thanks Joyce! Here, cut you a BIG slice! heehee...

My Little Space said...

Wow Bee, your Tiramisu looks simply irresistible. Oh yes, please pass me a heavenly slice. :o) Happy Friday, dear.

Ola said...

I never add raw eggs to tiramisu, somehow it is a bit scary to me:)

looks delicous!

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