Inspired From Rome
Tiramisu cake combines two of my favorite desserts to eat. I just love the flavor of espresso with creamy filling and frosting with the Tiramisu and the moist texture of cake. I decided to marry those two favorites together for a light and easy cake to whip up in a whim with a creamy delicious mascarpone icing.
Last summer I took a wonderful trip to Italy and had some of the best Tiramisu ever! Wow, it was so great and I have never had anything quite like that. It simply melted in your mouth and incredibly creamy and delicious. The flavors were so balanced and that hint of espresso in the cake layers, perfecto!
This cute little shop was located in Rome near the Spanish Steps, check out the link as I describe our experience in my “Food Finds” section Also, the dessert was freshly made that we were told to eat it within 30 minutes of purchasing it. No worries, as we scoffed it down within 5 minutes and it literally disappeared in record time. It was that good!
My first experience with Tiramisu was living at Ft. Hood and being a member of the Gourmet Club. This was a fun group of army wives who were avid foodies back in the 90’s that got together for themed lunches. The recipe was termed an “American Version” and packed with Marsala wine and espresso and it was delicious. I still have the recipe and it set the tone for a love of this dessert.
This cake is dedicated to that wonderful dessert experience in Rome that will forever live in my memory and palate! What makes this recipe versatile is you can use your favorite vanilla cake recipe, sponge cake, or genoise for the base of this cake. I used a genoise cake base as it is light and airy in texture and goes very well with the richness of the icing.
Additionally, I like using different shape pans with cakes to give them a different look and spin on the traditional round cake. Feel free to use one 8″ round pan for this cake.
With that, I hope you enjoy this Tiramisu cake and it gives your own personal Rome dessert experience at home to share with your family and friends.