Tiramisu Cake

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! As you probably noticed, I missed the 12th day of Blog-mas. I was simply too busy with family and last-minute-Christmas-shopping. It's a little too late to blog about it now though, so I'm just going to skip it and perhaps post some Christmas pictures soon. Caroline made this cake for our  Christmas dinner. It's as delicious as tiramisu only you make it in one cake instead of having to make layer after layer of lady fingers.

Tiramisu Cake
from A Very Merry Christmas Cookbook by Good Housekeeping

Triple Chocolate Tiramisu
(via bhg.com)

3/4 c. sugar
4 large eggs
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. hot espresso or very strong brewed coffee
2 T. sugar
3 T. brandy (coffee liqueur is often used when making tiramisu)
16 ounces marscapone cheese
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. heavy or whipping cream
4 squares (4 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, grated
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
Chocolate Curls for garnish, optional (but highly recommended!)
>>Make It
1Prepare cake: Preheat oven to 400*F. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with waxed paper; grease paper. Dust pans with flour.
2In large bow, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar with eggs until blended. Increase speed to high; beat 5 of 10 minutes, until mixture is pale, thick, and creamy, and batter forms a thick ribbon when beaters are lifted. With rubber spatula, gently fold in flour until mixture is well-combines.
3Pour batter into pans. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pans 1 minutes; then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.
4Prepare coffee syrup: In small bowl, stir together espresso, 2 tablespoons sugar, and brandy; let cool.
5Prepare filling: In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat mascarpone, milk, and 1/2 cup sugar 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
6 In small bowl, with same beaters, beat cream to soft peaks. With rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.
7Place 1 cake round, smooth side down, on cake plate. With pastry brush, brush one-third of coffee syrup over cake. Spread half the cheese filling, followed by half the grated chocolate. Continue layering the ingredients, ending with the third cake layer brushed with syrup. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
8To serve, dust cake with cocoa and decorate with chocolate curls, if you like

prep: 30 minutes plus overnight to chill (keep in mind that tiramisu is at it's peek at day 2 though)
makes: 16 servings

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