Friday, April 1, 2011

Charlotte Tiramisu Cake with a hint of Baileys - Heaven in Mouth

{ A Toast to Team India "World Champions of Cricket 2011" }
Tiramisu Cake, bordered by Lady Fingers and topped by Hershey's Kiss

I was lost in the world of cheese when two years back we went for a vacation to Northern Italy.  Both of us bowed  to the Italian cuisine, when we enjoyed a steaming hot Penne Arrabiata with garlic bread in the restaurant at the banks of Grand Canal after a great ride in Gandola. Most of the times the food being served are the tried and tested recipes from the treasure of their grannies. But the passion and warmth with which they cook and serve food makes all the BIG difference. We were rejoiced by the joy of eating authentic Risotto Milanese at the marvellous Duomo, where architectural excellence meets food excellence at par.  I learnt how cheese can transform the taste of basic pasta, from Rissoto to Ravioli and fell in love with the desserts especially Tiramisu. It was love at every sight.....

@ Piazza San Marco, Bringing back the Memories !!!

When we reached back home, the first thing I did was to search for good Italian cook book and wanted to give a shot to this cuisine at home. I was given a warm surprise by my husband who got this lovely book by Ritu Dalmia on delicacies of 'Italian Khana' that very evening. I flipped the whole book with in few minutes out of curiosity and bookmarked some of her faves and ours too. Here the recipe of Tiramisu is inspired by two of my favorite Chefs Ritu and David Lebovitz, following their directions but adding a little twist to the traditional style of Tiramisu.

Tiramisu in its various adaptations by the experienced chefs has always intrigued me. I have been wondering how to play with it without changing the core recipe of the dessert that i've loved so much. When I laid my hands on some fresh mascarpone last week I wondered wether I should go for a Tiramisu cake or  Tiramisu in little cups that my husband and my son have always liked. In the end I gave in & ended up doing both variations. Also did a twist by adding strawberries and kisses dipped in mascarpone to please my little one.  
Check out the details of this sinfully scrumptuous, heaven in mouth dessert... !

1/4 cup Espresso, at room temperature
1/2 cup Gevalia Coffee Irish Cream Flavor (else 4 Tsp of Irish Cream)

1/4 cup Whipped Cream
2 large Brown Eggs

1/2 cup Sugar

1 1/2 Cup Fresh Mascarpone Cheese

 A Pinch of Salt

2 Pack ladyfingers (18 numbers)

For Decoration:
2 Oz Nestle Dark chocolate, grated
2 Tsp Cocoa powder
1/2 Tsp Instant coffee powder
Kisses by Hersheys dipped in mascarpone
White Morsels, few
Strawberries, sliced

The key ingredient - Rich and Creamy Mascarpone

Irish Cream Flavor adds a bite to our recipe... !

Lovely Lady's stand tall here, don't they ???
Method to Prepare Tiramisu:
1. Brew the espresso & coffee separately, let it cool down to room temprature, if you dont have Irish cream flavored coffee  you can add 3-4 Tsp of Bailey's at this stage.
2. In a bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they get stiff. Add half the sugar at this stage, keep beating by scraping the sides.
3. In the separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar till the mix gets stiff and make sure to scrap the sides. Fold in the mascarpone cheese at this stage along with whipped cream keep beating till you get a consistent mixture.
4. Mix the ingredients of both the bowls & give them a whip again.
5. To prepare Tiramisu cups take a spoonfull of the mascarpone mix into each cup.
6. Soak each ladyfinger in the our coffee mix mixture for 5-10 seconds, until completely wet & break'em in halves , now layer them over the mascarpone mix in each cup, We'll end up using two ladyfingers per cup.
7. With mascarpone mix on the top now we will grate some generous amount of chocolate over each cup and refrigerate at least for 4 hours, preferably overnight.
9. Right before serving, we will top each cup some coccoa powder & dry instant coffee.

To Prepare the Tiramisu cake:

1.Take 4 Lady fingers, dip them in coffee syrup & take out quikly, these wont be fully soaked lay them next to each other & now you can pour some coffee on top with spoon.
2. You can use a cake ring to cut into a circle and put the bits back on the layer.
3. Over the first layer of lady fingers now put 2 spoons full of Mascarpone mix & spread evenly.
4. Add another layer of 4 lady fingers dipped in coffee, spread some mascarpone mix.
5. To cover the edges, we will cut our Lady fingers in half & start placing them on the sides (we wont dip these in Coffee).
6. Now let us grate some generous amounts of chocolate on the top & leave in refrigerator for atleast 4 hours, , prefferably overnight.
7. Right before serving, we will top up the cake some cocoa powder & dry instant coffee.

Patience is the key here, if you can resist before eating overnight, you get best results...

Adding a twist with Strawberries on the top: 
With the left over Mascarpone mix & Lady fingers, I did an extra little cake by following the same process & layering with some freshly sliced strawberries at the top.
Looks Yumm....

And believe me it tastes better...!!!

This Charlotte Tiramisu cake is for my Mom's Birthday which is Today. Love you mom...!
Enjoy this cake over a candlelight dinner with a dash of celebration ...!!!!!!
& don't forget to tell me how you like it.

Sharing Tiramisu Cake with Hearth and Soul Hop Hub, Volume 42


  1. Sonia loved your charlotte tiramisu cake .The strawberry version of tiramisu is simply terrific.Just a perfect desert to enliven the spirit of the party.Liked particularly the way you revived the emories of your visit to Italy. Superb photographs.


  2. nice recipe. Imaginative photo-shoot
    Loved your site.

  3. Happy birthday to your mom, I love tiramisu, looks awesome. nice clicks.

  4. Lovely Tiramisu.Do convey my birthday wishes to your mom.I am dreaming of a day when my daughter would surprise me with a cake like this.

  5. Tiramisu is my fav dessert. I had my first Tiramisu in Beijing and it was LOVE at first sight for me too :) and since then i could never ever replace it with any other dessert.. i love your clicks and it looks heaven in mouth .. indeed!

  6. Totally ENTICING…… m sure no one can bake it as yummy as you have!!

  7. Sonia,

    Your cake and tiramisu 'parfaits' look gorgeous! Truly heaven in your mouth delicious! The presentation and photography on this post is just beautiful too!

  8. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I would prefer irish cream instead of flavour, and probably find ways to add more alcohol:)

  9. Wow! I love tiramisu... your cake looks fantastic.

  10. Irresistible tiramisu cake, looks out of the world..

  11. Oh my goodness. Way to Sonaize that tiramisu. It looks fantastic!

  12. Thanks guys for the best wishes on the birthday of my mom. I will surely convey it to her and just loved all the sweet comments...regards, MCF !

  13. Fantastic recipe...cute and wonderful capture...

  14. Love the look of this cake, especially with the strawberries! Kudos!

  15. Whoaaa... You have beeeeeauutiful pictures of food (and sceneries)!!! I started to have Indian food as I became very good friend with my Indian neighbor. I really enjoy it and I hope to learn new recipes from you!

  16. I have always wanted to try this cake...thanks for sharing the recipe !

  17. First click bowled me over :)
    I have to write to u to know more on ur background settings.. need to get sum tutorials :)

  18. delicious way to celebrate your mom's birthday happy birthday to her

  19. Awesome dessert Sonia.
    Wishing your mom all the very best on her birthday.
    Have a nice day!

  20. wow wow wowwww..I am totally impressed! This looks sooo amazingly delicious!I love Tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts and you nailed it with your recipe!!!Wonderful!!

  21. Thx All

    Can't have enough of your love & appreciation... XOXOXOXO


  22. I am completely blown away, these look so delicate and beautiful, and they sound delicious to boot! I hope your Mom has a wonderful birthday, how can she not with a cake like that? :)

  23. Hi Sonia,

    First time here and must say u've a wonderful space.. tiramisu cake looks gorgeous.. following u!!!

  24. What stunning photos and great ideas for different presentations. Wonderful! And happy birthday to your Mum! Bon weekend.

  25. Perfect & divine!!! Spectacular presentation!!
    Prathima rao
    Prats Corner

  26. Perfectly made delicious looking tiramisu cake to celebrate birthday of your loving mom...happy birthday to her.

  27. Your mom was really thrilled to taste such a delicious cake with an Italian touch.Stunning photographs;
    convincing presentation

  28. You've got so many different and fabulous variations of the tiramisu! They are all so beautiful, great photos.

  29. Oh these look so gorgeous!! I'm bookmarking this to make it soon!! Love the photos too

  30. Oooh, I love what you've done with this! Tiramisu is my absolute favorite dessert!

  31. Thank you so much guys for loving all the versions of Tiramisu. Your encouraging comments keeps me going and blogging ....regards, MCF !!!!

  32. Wonderful cake!!!Perfect in all respects.Feels like eating it.For the occasion you have made for makes it more delicious.congrats.

  33. By the way: POW! Have an award :)

  34. Hi Sonia, Beautiful Tiramisu! Looks absolutely deslicious. And Happy B-day to your Mom :)

    Have a great day,


  35. Amazing photography of my all-time favorite dessert! Yummy!

  36. okay, i just need you to put down the camera and step back. Your pictures are too darn amazingly fabulous to even be seen on this blog. You make the rest of us seem like little kids playing with our cameras and shooting food. LOL! Your AMAZING! that tiramsu is phenomenal. I love the this dessert so much!

  37. I am very touched that your husband gave you my book for your birthday. I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as I enjoyed penning them down
    lovely blog BTW

  38. I love Tiramisu, especially with Kahlua! As soon as we got back from our Rome trip, I searched for Tiramisu recipes as well and made it right away. Yours look divine with all the different designs!

  39. Thank you so much everybody for liking the Tiramisu.

    @Ritu, I am over whelmed with your virtual presence. Thank so much for stopping by my space...!

  40. Tiramisu is one of my favorite cakes. Brilliant idea the addition on strawberries.
    Thanks for sharing

  41. wow....
    looks gorgeous dear...
    amazing clicks :)

  42. Beutiful variations of tiramisu! I really want to try with Baileys, the flavors sound so complementary! :)

  43. What a fun and delicious looking cake. I've got to try this one!

  44. Only as an adult did I start liking tiramisu, and your recipe has got me drooling for a bite! What a wonderful, classy and flavorful dessert. Thanks for sharing!

  45. I loved your version of Tiramisu !! Amazing clicks !! Give my birthday wishes to your mother !!!

  46. I love every variation of tiramisu - all those invented and all those that will be invented. The Irish cream is a grand idea and if I could I'd swipe the dessert off the page.

  47. Happy birthday to your Mum!

    Your tiramisu looks gorgeous and I love the photos. Isn't it wonderful how we can bring back the memories of our holidays through the food we enjoyed.

  48. wow wow wow!! looks amazing!!!

  49. Many Happy returns to your mom!
    Tiramisu is one of the most loved dessert in our household n this looks sensational!

    US Masala

  50. Hi Sonia,
    I.m sharing some awards with you..please collect them from my blog post .. More awards - 14

  51. Your tiramisu is just stunning! I love the charlotte sides too-they make it look so pretty :D

  52. awesome clicks, drooling here........

  53. That looks so fantastic, I would love to try some of this!

  54. I am a HUGE fan of tiramisu and to serve it as a charlotte is so lovely! You did a beautiful job with this!

  55. I love tiramis~u and Baileys. That is one delightful dessert!



  56. Oh you "naughty" girl. That is one sinful Tiramisu Cake, Sonia.

    What a delightful treat for your mom's birthday. I would love to prepare it for Marion. She would LOVE them!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  57. Thanks for linking to Hearth and soul blog hop.

  58. Wow so yummy and irresistable tiramisu..

  59. A big THANKS to all the lovely people for appreciating Tiramisu....!!!!!

  60. Sonia, Few awards are waiting for you in my blog. Please come by and collect it. :-)

  61. What an amazing treat!! i am totally in love with it...Just came back after getting all ingredients for Tiramisu:-)yeyyy.
    I have to say ur clicks r just awesome!!!
    Thank u 4 stopping by my space and leaving such lovely comments..Happy to follow u and stay tuned to more yummy recipes

  62. Loved all the cute and appreciating comments. Thank You to all my dear Readers... !


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