Tiramisu Cake Recipe With Cake Mix

Looking for a decadent dessert that combines the rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, and mascarpone cheese in a luscious, creamy filling? Look no further than this recipe for tiramisu cake, which offers a delightful twist on the classic Italian dessert. With its moist layers of sponge cake soaked in espresso syrup, airy mascarpone frosting, and generous dusting of cocoa powder, this cake is sure to impress any guest or satisfy any sweet tooth. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to make from scratch, using simple ingredients and basic techniques. Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating your own tiramisu cake masterpiece.

What You Need To Make Tiramisu Cake With Cake Mix Recipe

Tiramisu Cake
  • coffee
  • cognac
  • sugar
  • mascarpone cheese
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • cold whipping cream

Tiramisu Cake Recipe With Cake Mix

Turn your favorite Italian restaurant treat into a spectacular cake, starting with a cake mix and coffee. This is a great make-ahead recipe, since the cake tastes better the longer it sits.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 630 kcal



  • 1 box box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ yellow cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Coffee Syrup

  • 3/4 cup hot brewed espresso coffee or very strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • 3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream


  • 3 tablespoons Dutch processed or regular unsweetened baking cocoa. Chocolate-covered coffee beans
  • 3 oz dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 325°F if using dark or nonstick pans). Use shortening to grease 2 round cake pans that measure 9 inches, and then line the pans with cooking parchment paper. Follow the instructions on the cake mix box, using water, oil, and eggs to make the batter, and then pour the batter into the pans.
  • Bake the cakes for 25 to 29 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans and placing them on cooling racks. Let them cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the coffee syrup, and then set it aside to cool. Meanwhile, take a large bowl and beat the mascarpone cheese, 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of cognac, and the vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until it is smooth. In a small bowl, beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until it is combined.
  • To assemble the cake, cut each cake horizontally to make two layers. Place one cake layer on a plate and moisten it generously with coffee syrup, then spread about 1 cup of the filling over it. Repeat this process with the remaining three cake layers. Once finished, spread the remaining filling over the top and side of the cake.
  • Finally, sprinkle cocoa over the cake, and arrange coffee beans around the top edge of the cake. Sprinkle chopped chocolate around the bottom edge of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours before serving.


Nutrition Information
  • 630 Calories,
  • 44g Total Fat,
  • 4g Protein,
  • 49g Total Carbohydrate,
  • 35g Sugars
Keyword Tiramisu Cake

Pro Tips for Making Tiramisu Cake With Cake Mix

  • Use high-quality ingredients, especially for the espresso, the mascarpone cheese, and the cocoa powder. Freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee will give the cake a robust and aromatic flavor, while good-quality mascarpone cheese will ensure a smooth and creamy texture for the frosting. Similarly, using Dutch-process cocoa powder or a mixture of cocoa and espresso powder will enhance the chocolate flavor and color of the cake.
  • Measure your ingredients carefully and accurately, especially for the cake batter and the frosting. Baking is a science, and small variations in the amount of flour, sugar, or liquid can affect the texture, taste, and appearance of the cake. Use a kitchen scale and measuring cups and spoons to ensure that your ingredients are consistent and precise.
  • Follow the recipe instructions step by step, without skipping or improvising. Each step of the recipe is important for achieving the desired result, from creaming the butter and sugar to whisking the egg whites to folding in the mascarpone cheese. Be patient and attentive, and don’t rush or overmix the batter or the frosting.
  • Let your cake layers and frosting cool to room temperature before assembling the cake. This will prevent the layers from becoming too soft or sticky, and will make it easier to spread the frosting evenly.
  • Chill your cake in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld and the frosting to set, and will make it easier to cut and serve the cake. Take the cake out of the fridge 15-30 minutes before serving, to let it come to room temperature and enhance the flavors and textures.


While you can certainly buy tiramisu cake at a bakery or restaurant, there are several good reasons to make it at home instead. For one thing, homemade tiramisu cake tastes fresher, richer, and more authentic than store-bought versions, as you can control the quality and quantity of the ingredients.

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