With the amount of tiramisu recipes I have on here, a tiramisu cake was just waiting to happen. Unfortunately, now that it's happened, I have 3/4 of it staring me in the face every time I open my fridge. #sendhelp
No regrets though. It's all for the sake of providing you guys with awesome desserts. And this right here folks, is a front runner.
The recipe starts off with a doctored white cake mix. It's by far my favorite white cake recipe because it always produces moist, tender, and dense cakes, perfect for stacking.
To add a tiramisu factor to the cake, I added instant coffee to the batter for two of the layers. You can add it to all three or just one. I wanted to make sure the coffee flavor really came through, so I also brushed the cake layers with brewed coffee after they were baked.
For the filling, I whipped up a simple mascarpone cheese/confectioners sugar mixture. No need to over complicate things. Tiramisu is a simple and light dessert and we want to channel that here. That's why I also decided to cover the cake with freshly whipped cream. Buttercream would have just weighed it down.
Now this last part is optional, but for a signature tiramisu look, you can place ladyfingers around the perimeter of the cake. I went the extra mile and tied a satin ribbon around the ladyfingers to make for an even more beautiful presentation. It's the cake decorator in me.