Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

That's amoré--our decadent version of a coffee-scented Italian favorite has a time-saving cake layer made from prepared mix.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 8

Ingredients

Cake

1
box (1 lb 2.25 oz) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
Water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Soaking Syrup

1/4
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon instant coffee granules or crystals
1/4
cup water
1/4
cup coffee-flavored liqueur

Filling

1
cup whipping cream
1
container (8 oz) mascarpone cheese or 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons powdered sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla

Garnish

1
teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms and sides of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray. Make and bake cake as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar, instant coffee and water. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in coffee liqueur. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 Brush flat side of each cake layer with soaking syrup until absorbed. Place cakes in freezer for 5 minutes.
  • 4 In chilled 1-quart bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. (Do not overbeat.) In another small bowl, beat mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until smooth and creamy.
  • 5 Place 1 cake layer rounded side down on serving plate. Top with half of mascarpone mixture. Place second layer rounded side down on top. Top with remaining mascarpone mixture. Cut cake into wedges; place on individual dessert plates. Place cocoa in fine strainer; sprinkle plates and cake with cocoa. Store cake in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    640
    (
    Calories from Fat
    340),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    38g
    38%
    (Saturated Fat
    16g,
    16%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    135mg
    135%;
    Sodium
    540mg
    540%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    67g
    67%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    42g
    42%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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