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Tiramisu Cake

This easy tiramisu cake is destined to become a new family favorite.

Tiramisu Cake
Tiramisu Cake
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We like tiramisu in almost any form, and so we were very excited to transform it into a delicious layer cake.

This tiramisu layer cake is actually much easier to make than you might think. The base is made from a cake mix, so the base of your dessert comes together in no time at all. The rest of the cake is equally easy to assemble.

Once you take a bite of this dessert, you'll be extra glad that it was easy to make (because you can make a second one soon). The cake is light and fluffy, and the marscarpone frosting is cool, creamy, and delicious. You'll taste the rich flavor of espresso and a little bit of rum, which nicely balances the sweetness of the cake.

This is the perfect cake to make for almost any occasion. Enjoy!


Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time1 hr 30 min


  • For the Cake
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients needed to make the cake
  • 1/2 cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons dark rum
  • 4 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 cups marscarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • To Garnish
  • 1 1/2 cup Cool Whip
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 24 ladyfingers

Tiramisu Cake Recipe


  1. Combine ingredients to make two 8-inch round vanilla cakes according to package instructions.

  2. Whisk espresso, rum and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl; set aside.


  1. In a stand mixer, cream the mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar for 3 minutes.

  2. Add the rum and vanilla and beat on low until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the whipped cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the marscarpone mixture.


  1. Place one layer of cake on a large plate. Brush the top with half of the Espresso Syrup.

  2. Spread 1 cup of Frosting evenly over top of layer. Place second cake layer on top of the frosting. Brush with remaining half of the espresso syrup and use remaining frosting to frost top and outside of cake.

  3. Sift the cocoa powder onto the top of cake.

  4. Place Cool Whip in a piping bag and pipe ring of whipped cream around the edge of the top of the cake.

  5. Add the ladyfingers to the sides of the cake, pressing gently so that they stick in the frosting.

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This was so delicious! Loved the icing SO much, so so good.

Everything about this cake was simply amazing - it's definitely a little rich/sweet but if you have a sweet tooth (like me D ) then you'll be in love!

I'm not a huge fan of coffee, but I loved this cake. Beautifully subtle!

This was so tasty -- definitely worth cheating on my diet for!! ;)

Delicious! Incredibly sweet, and it's a really fun take on this classic dessert

If you want to wow your family and friends with a made from scratch cake, this Tiramisu Cake is the way to do it. What a great idea. All the flavor of Tiramisu combined with a beautiful home made cake. The recipe is so well written and easy to follow that you cannot go wrong. I will be bringing this cake to Holiday festivities this year.


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