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LAYER CAKE al TIRAMISU” in italiano

One of my favourite Layer Cakes! I love everything that has coffee in it, so this cake is definitely in my top 5 list!

It’s quite easy to make although requires a few steps and things to do. But please don’t be discouraged by this, you are going to like it and your friends too!


for the sponges

  • 300f of flour
  • 300g of butter, soft
  • 300g of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 5g of baking powder
  • 3 shots of expresso coffee
  • 15g of cocoa powder + 30g

for the filling and coating

  • 40g of cocoa powder
  • 150g of icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 1kg of mascapone cheese
  • 15g of cocoa powder for the coating

coffee syrup:

  • 100ml of coffee, espresso
  • 50g of sugar


Lets make the sponges:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer, then add the eggs.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well.
  3. Split the batter in 4 equal batches
  4. 1 batch, plain goes into a 20cm lined tin
  5. Now take another batch and add 2 shots of espresso coffee, mix well, pour the coffee batter into another 20cm lined tin.
  6. Now take another batch of batter and add 1 shot of expresso coffee, plus 15g of cocoa powder. Mix well, pour into a 20cm lined tin.
  7. Now take the last batch of batter and add 2 shots of espresso coffee plus 30g of cocoa powder. Mix well and pour into the 4th 20cm lined tin.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 175° for 20 minutes.
  9. Let them cool down completely

Lets make the filling:

  • Place the mascarpone into a large bowl.
  • Add the icing sugar and milk.
  • Stir together until the mixture is smooth (with a spatula, gently)
  • Now split this cream into 5 batches:
  • 4 batches will be used as filling
  • 1 batch will be used to coat the cake
  • PLEASE NOTE: the 5th batch must be a little bigger then the other 4 batches.

Lets make the coffee syrup:

  • Pour the coffee into a bowl (100ml) plus 100ml of water and 50g of sugar.
  • Place it in the microwave for 3 minutes then mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Let it cool down completely.


  1. Take the four sponges, level them, get rid of the “dome” if they got any while baking.
  2. Place the first sponge (vanilla, plain) on a cake board.
  3. Now pour the coffee syrup on it and let it soak in.
  4. Spread some plain mascapone cheese filling.
  5. Go ahead with the other 3 layers: syrup and filling.
  6. Place it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  7. Now take that 5th batch of filling, the biggest of the 5 batches.
  8. Split it into 3 smaller batches: one plain, one with 5g of cocoa powder and 1 with 10 g of cocoa powder.
  9. This will be used for the coating of the cake so you can create that lovely ombre effect.

Keep in the fridge and serve with a nice cup of coffee or as an afternoon treat.

It’s rich, very “wintery” and many of your friends are going to love it!