Leftover kahlúa from the holidays? Make some delicious tiramisu cupcakes! Warning: they are quite high in calories and aren’t the easiest to make, but they are a good way to get rid of some of that leftover liquor and you can always share with your neighbours and friends. Aren’t you up for the challenge now? After I was finished, my kitchen was a complete disaster, and I am usually the type to clean as I cook, but these cupcakes required my full attention, and I feel great to have tackled another recipe from my Cake Days cookbook by the hummingbird bakery!
Ingredients (will make 12 to 18 cupcakes)
For the sponge:
80 g unsalted butter | 280 g sugar | 240 g plain flour | 1/4 tsp salt | 1 tbsp baking powder |2 large eggs | 240 ml whole milk | 1/2 vanilla essence
For the soaking syrup:
250 ml strong coffee | 75 ml Kahlúa | 3 tbsp sugar
For the filling and frosting:
400 g mascarpone cheese | 50 ml Kahlúa | 300 ml double cream | 30 g icing sugar | cocoa powder for dusting
one muffin tin
1. preheat the oven to 375°, line muffin tin with muffin cases
2. using an electric whisk, beat together the butter, sugar, flower, salt, and baking powder on low speed until incorporated.
3. break in eggs, add the milk and vanilla and mix together. on low speed slowly pour three quarters of the wet ingredients into the four and butter mixture. once everything has been mixed together, scrape down the sides of the bowl to pick up any ingredients that were missed, then add the rest of the milk mixture and mic the batter again, ow on medium speed until smooth.
4. divide the batter between the paper cases, filling them two-thirds full.
5. bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool.
6. meanwhile our coffee and Kahlúa into saucepan and stir in the sugar. bring to a boil and reduce by about half. set aside.
7. make the frosting: using an electric whisk, beat the cheese and Kahlúa until smooth, mix the cream and icing sugar in a separate bowl until soft peaks form, then add this mixture to the mascarpone and Kahlúa mixture.
8. when the cupcakes have cooled, use a sharp knife to cut a piece out of each sponge (about 2 cm in diameter). pour 1 tsp full of the soaking syrup over each cut out piece and another tsp into the hollow part of the cupcake.
9. fill each hollow to about halfway with the mascarpone cream, then place the cut out pieces of sponge back on top of the hole, covering the filling. lastly, frost the cupcakes with the remaining mascarpone cream and dust lightly with the cocoa powder.