Tiramisu Cupcakes – Delicious and easy cupcake recipe

I made a visit to my parents on Sunday with the full intention of baking something. I wasn’t sure what I was going to whip up, but I knew something was going to be made. I realize I haven’t been on the top of my game with baking lately. Time to add some more recipes to my repertoire. A good way would be with an easy cupcake recipe. I knew they had an almost full bottle of Bailey’s sitting in the fridge just begging to be drunk used. I love baking with alcohol (both in the baking and while baking…. tehe) so I was excited to whip something up with this.

Upon arrival, I realized there was an unopened tub of mascarpone in the fridge as well. I have never made anything with mascarpone neither have I seen it in its original state, but I have eaten it before in form of dessert – tiramisu to be exact. Tiramisu is my mom’s (and one of mine’s) favorite desserts. It is amazing. Well, obviously, we’d had some better than others but for the most part, it’s difficult to be disappointed with a tiramisu – the delicious cake moist with coffee aromas and the fluffy decadent mascarpone cream… heavenly!

Tiramisu cupcakes maybe? I haven’t gotten to the stage of my cooking where I am able to whip up legit cakes and stuff yet, but I have gotten quite comfortable with making various cupcakes. Plus they are just so darn cute. Perfectly portioned, adorable cupcakes. So here came the inspiration – tiramisu cupcakes. A great way to whip up an easy cupcake recipe that tastes like my favorite cake! Obviously, cupcakes are of a different texture than an actual tiramisu cake. But I tried the best I could to adopt the inspiration into a form of cupcakes. And of course, while this dessert is most definitely a cheat day indulgence – I made sure that it was made using some variations so that it has some nutritional value in it as well.

The outcome for these cupcakes was wonderful. I played it by ear and after realizing the cupcakes came out a bit harder than I expected them to at first, I thought the perfect way to compensate for the appearance was to put some warm coffee on them to soften and moisten them up. Such a great idea. The cupcakes were actually not hard at all even though they looked like it at first, and I was happy that the recipe turned out so well. I was very pleased. My mom really enjoyed these and thought they tasted very much like tiramisu. She added extra cocoa powder on top and extra coffee glaze on the cupcake to make them even more like a tiramisu. The frosting came out very sweet and my dad claimed they were too sweet for him but that didn’t stop him from inhaling three cupcakes right away.

If you are looking for an easy cupcake recipe and love Tiramisu – these Tiramisu Cupcakes are the recipe you’ve been looking for!

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Yield: 11 cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes


    For Cupcakes
  • 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup turbinado
  • scant 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, cage free
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Inka (or instant coffee granules)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 4 Tbsp Inka beverage (warm), separated
  • For Frosting
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4-5 Tbsp mascarpone
  • 1.5-2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder, separated


    For Cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake tin with 11 cupcake liners. Spray them with cooking spray.
  • Cream turbinado, sugar, and butter. Add applesauce and cream further.
  • Add egg and egg white on low speed. Add baking powder, salt, Inka, and vanilla and combine. Add Bailey’s.
  • Add flour by 1/4 cups, mixing it on low speed until well combined. Don’t overmix it.
  • Spoon the batter onto the cupcake liners, 3/4 of the way full. Put in the oven for ~20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Take out of the pan and let cool for at least 15 more minutes. Prick the cupcakes with a toothpick multiple times, about 4-5 per cupcake. Glaze them with warm Inka or coffee so that they become a bit more moist on the top and the coffee gets inside the cupcake a little bit, but make sure not to put too much – you don’t want to moisten them up completely. Just a bit.
  • For Frosting
  • Beat butter and mascarpone on low/medium speed with a mixer. Add powdered sugar by 1/4 cups, little by little, all while combining it well. Pipe it on cooled cupcakes. Dust the frosted cupcakes with cocoa powder.

Nutritional facts (1/11th of the recipe, with frosting): 252 calories, 9.7g fat, 38.8g carbs, 24g sugar, 3.6g protein

Kammie wants to know:

  • What’s your favorite dessert?

  • When’s the last time you had tiramisu?

Let me know in the comments below!

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