How to Make a Tiramisu Cake
Celebrate an adult birthday with an easy-to-make cake featuring the delicious flavors of coffee, cognac and chocolate.
A few month’s ago, my mother-in-law put together a wonderful dinner party to celebrate the 70th birthday of my father-in-law, David, and I was in charge of bringing dessert. At first, I was excited about my job. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that David is not a dessert kind of guy. He loves fine wines and cheeses and is definitely passionate about coffee. But dark chocolate is as far as he goes when it comes to sweets. Then suddenly a lightbulb turned on: tiramisu. That was it! Tiramisu combines all of David’s most loved foods without being overly sweet.
Because tiramisu looks a little rustic by nature and can even look messy after being scooped, I decided to turn it into a layered cake. I thought that it would be a much better fit for David’s special evening. That is how I came up with this four-layer tiramisu cake which tastes just like the traditional dessert but which is much easier and faster to put together. David and all the dinner party guests loved the cake so much that they already want me to make it again for our next get together!
I didn’t have a lot of time to work on this dessert, so my first strategy was to use a Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Yellow Cake Mix. Not only was it convenient, but it was also the best color and flavor to replace the ladyfinger cookies which are traditionally used in tiramisu.
I divided the cake batter into two 9-inch round baking pans. Once the cakes were baked and cooled, I used a serrated knife to slice each of them into two layers.