• 140 grams (1 cup) flour
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 110 grams (1/2 cup) butter
  • 3 eggs


  • 200 milliliters (3/4 cup) espresso

The cream

  • 250 grams (1 cup) mascarpone
  • 200 grams (3/4 cup) whipping cream
  • 70 grams (1/2 cup) powdered sugar


  • Mixer

    An electric mixer is the best option for whipping butter and cream to the perfect consistency. If you don’t have one, a good old-fashioned whisk will do—arm workout included!

  • Sifter

    This is essential for aerating your flour, which results in a lighter and fluffier sponge. Don’t skip this step!

  • Baking Tin

    Make sure you use the right size and shape as mentioned in the recipe. A well-greased tin will save you from the frustration of stuck cakes.

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    Use it to check if your sponge is done; the skewer should come out clean.


Step 1

Whip the room temperature butter with sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Using room temperature butter ensures a smoother texture.

Step 2

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Ensure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.

Step 3

Sift the flour and gently fold it into the mixture using a spatula until smooth. Do not overmix to keep the sponge light.

Step 4

Transfer the batter to a baking tin, and bake at 356°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes. Check the readiness with a skewer—it should come out dry. Every oven is different; start checking at the 15-minute mark.

Step 5

Leave the sponge to cool in the tin before removing. Once cooled, cut the sponge into 2 layers. A serrated knife works best for cutting sponges.

Step 6

Start whipping the cold cream at low speed for 2 minutes. Gradually increase the speed and add powdered sugar. Whip until the mixture becomes dense. Chill the mixing bowl and beaters for best results.

Step 7

Add the mascarpone and mix until just combined, about one minute. Do not overmix. Overmixing can cause the cream to become grainy.

Step 8

Soak the sponge layers with espresso and spread generously with cream. Make sure each layer is evenly soaked.

Step 9

Let the finished dessert stand in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Decorate with cocoa powder before serving. Chilling helps the flavors to meld together.


🎉 **Serving Suggestions and Ideas** 🎉

This pastry is a canvas for your creativity. Slice it up and serve with a generous dusting of cocoa or a drizzle of chocolate syrup. 🍫 For a fancy twist, top each slice with fresh berries or a sprig of mint 🌱.

Planning a brunch? Pair this delightful creation with fresh fruit salad and a glass of sparkling mimosa 🍾. For an afternoon tea party, consider serving it alongside finger sandwiches and a selection of fine teas ☕. The versatility of this pastry makes it perfect for any gathering.

If you really want to go all out, set up a DIY dessert bar. Let your guests choose from toppings like whipped cream, crushed nuts, and caramel sauce 🍯. It's interactive, fun, and adds a personal touch that everyone will love. 😊


🌱 **Gluten-Free and Vegan Variations** 🌱

For our gluten-free friends, substitute the flour with your favorite gluten-free mix. Make sure it's a 1:1 ratio to keep things simple.

Switching to a vegan option is a breeze too. Replace the butter with a plant-based margarine and use flax eggs (1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg). Whipping cream can be subbed with coconut cream, and mascarpone with a vegan cream cheese alternative. 🌻 Now everyone can enjoy this delicious treat!


  • Why did my sponge cake not rise?

    You might not have beaten the butter and sugar enough. This step is crucial for incorporating air into the batter.

  • What if I don't have mascarpone?

    You can easily substitute with cream cheese. The taste will be slightly different, but still delicious!

  • How do I get my whipped cream to hold shape?

    Start low, then gradually increase speed. Make sure the cream is cold for the best results.

  • Can I make the sponge a day ahead?

    Sure, just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature. Assemble it the next day for best results.

  • How can I tell if my sponge is done?

    Check with a skewer; it should come out clean. Also, the sponge should spring back when gently pressed.

  • Can I add flavors to the cream?

    Absolutely! A splash of vanilla extract or a touch of coffee powder can elevate the flavor profile of the cream.

Nutrition facts

Coffee tiramisu cake
Recipe Yield:8 servings
Calories:Per serving
Calories (Min - Max):350 - 400
Total Fat:25g
Saturated Fat:15g
Total Carbohydrate:30g
Total Sugars:20g