Dairy Farmers of Canada

Tiramisu Cupcakes

This recipe is taken from the 2017 Milk Calendar. Two classic desserts – cupcakes and tiramisu – combine to create a whole new family favourite in this delicious recipe.

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cooking: 18 min
Yields 12 cupcakes
tiramisu cupcakes


  • Mocha Cupcakes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) instant espresso or coffee granules
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Mascarpone Icing
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Mascarpone
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans (optional)
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Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter a muffin pan or line with paper liners.

Whisk milk with espresso or coffee granules and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk flour with baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until very creamy. Add egg; scraping down sides of bowl, beat until well blended. Add half the flour mixture, mixing just until blended, followed by milk mixture then remaining flour mixture, scraping bowl as needed.

Spoon into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 18 to 20 min or until cake tester inserted into centre of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on rack for 10 min. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Mascarpone Icing:

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with icing sugar and vanilla until creamy. Beat in Mascarpone. Use a pastry bag or make a small diagonal cut in the corner of a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Fill bag with icing. Then squeeze and swirl icing onto cupcakes. Or, generously swirl with back of spoon onto cooled cupcakes. Dust with cocoa powder and garnish with espresso beans.


For best results, use an oven thermometer to check accuracy of oven temperature.

Eliminate the espresso powder and espresso beans. Dust cupcakes with sweetened cocoa powder.

Instead of vanilla, try adding coffee or chocolate liqueur to icing.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 375 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 44 g
Fat: 20 g
Fibre: 0.7 g
Sodium: 178 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 8 % / 88 mg
Folate: 20 %
Selenium: 22 %
Thiamin: 14 %
Vitamin A: 18 %