Wednesday, December 7

tiramisu layer cake

this may be the most involved recipe i've ever posted but boy oh boy does it sound like its worth it! joe loves tiramisu and i am going to try this out and bring it to christmas at the Davis house!
according to southern should look like this...i'll keep you posted!
tiramisu layer cake

what you need...
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 egg whites
Coffee Syrup (see below)
Mascarpone Frosting (see below)

what to do...Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir together milk and 2/3 cup water. Combine flour and next 2 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla bean paste and almond extract. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form, and fold into batter. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
Prepare Coffee Syrup & Mascarpone Frosting (see below)...Pierce cake layers with a wooden pick, making holes 1 inch apart. Brush or spoon coffee syrup over layers. Place 1 cake layer, brushed side up, on a cake stand or serving plate. Spread top with 1 1/3 cups Mascarpone Frosting. Top with second cake layer, brushed side up, and spread with 1 1/3 cups Mascarpone Frosting. Top with remaining cake layer, brushed side up. Spread top and sides of cake with remaining Mascarpone Frosting. Chill 4 hours before serving.

coffee syrup
what you need...
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup brandy

what to do...
Combine sugar and 1/3 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 1/2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring at 30-second intervals. Stir in coffee and brandy. Let cool 1 hour.

Mascarpone Frosting
what you need...
2 (8-oz.) packages mascarpone cheese
3 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar

what to do...Stir mascarpone cheese in a large bowl just until blended.  Beat cream and vanilla at low speed with an electric mixer until foamy; increase speed to medium-high, and gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. (Do not overbeat or cream will become grainy.) Gently fold whipped cream mixture into mascarpone cheese. Use immediately.

i'm interested to know if anyone else steps up to this challenge!

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