Happy Birthday & A Tiramisu Cake {Recipe}


In all these years, this is the first time I baked a birthday cake for S. I had planned the gifts months ahead. The first gift was a one plus one phone which I gave him a couple of months ago. I also gave him 4 toys – of LFC players – Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling and Sturridge.

I toyed with many ideas for the cake but zeroed in on this not just because S loves Tiramisu but also because I wanted to attempt something new. I pored over a number of recipes and decided not use the ladies’ finger but a vanilla sponge cake. I also decided to make my own mascarpone. I wanted to make my own kahlua but for want of time, I used coffee laced with rum.

I baked 2 6″ cakes and 6 cup cakes with the recipe given below.

Vanilla Sponge

  • Servings: 2 6 in cakes + 6 cup cakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Adapted from woodlandbakery

vanilla sponge


  1. Eggs – 4
  2. Sugar – 400 gm
  3. All purpose flour – 260 gm
  4. Unsalted Butter – 100 gm
  5. Milk – 200 ml
  6. Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  7. Salt – ¼ tsp
  8. Baking powder – 2 tsp


  1. Whisk the eggs using an electric beater until it foams
  2. Gradually add the sugar and whisk until the eggs reach a ribbon consistency. (Should take about 4-5 minutes here)
  3. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and whisk until combined.
  4. Melt the butter and milk in a pan.
  5. Remove a cup or two of the batter and whisk in the hot butter and milk.
  6. Pour this back into the remaining batter and mix through.
  7. Add the vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the batter into the pans (it’s preferred to grease and line the pans)
  9. Bake at 175 deg for about 25-30 mins, until done.
  10. Let cool, wrap and freeze the cake until use.

Mascarpone Cheese

  • Difficulty: easy
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  1. Fresh cream – 500 ml (I used milky mist)
  2. Juice of 1/2 a lemon


  1. Gently heat the fresh cream to about 85 deg C
  2. Add the lemon juice, simmer and cook for about 5 mins.
  3. Strain using cheese cloth / muslin.
  4. Store this in the refrigerator for about 8 hours until it drains completely.
  5. What remains on the cheese cloth is your mascarpone.
  6. Scrape into a bowl and store for future usage. Stays well for up to a week

Assembling the Tiramisu




  1. Vanilla sponge – 2 6 in
  2. Mascarpone cheese – 1 recipe
  3. Whipped cream – 250 ml
  4. 3 tbsp Coffee mixed in hot water laced with 3 tbsp rum
  5. Cocoa powder for dusting
  6. Chocolate shavings for decoration


  1. Gently blend the whipped cream and mascarpone cheese using a spatula and set aside
  2. Torte each cake into 2, so you have 4 layers
  3. Place one layer on the board.
  4. Drizzle the coffee + rum syrup and soak the layer well.
  5. Spread a thick layer of the cheese mixture.
  6. Place the next layer on top.
  7. Repeat 4-6 until all layers are coated with syrup and cheese
  8. Place the cake in the fridge until set for an hour or two.
  9. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and decorate with chocolate shavings
  10. Serve chilled



One Comment Add yours

  1. Looks both wicked and divine!


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