Tiramisu Poke Cake

Look what I have! This new cake is unbelievable…

It’s a Tiramisu Poke Cake!

This cake is made with white sheet cake, sprinkled with coffee and topped with mascarpone cream. This cake is made from scratch and you can find the recipes for everything below!

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I am a huge fan of Tiramisu and have been ever since I moved to US. The first time I tried it was at my family’s restaurant. It was love at first bite!

I watched my mom make Tiramisu many times and for some reason, the cream looked very complicated. It could be because I was just a kid and to a kid it could seem a little hard. So I carried this notion in my head for years. I finally decided to be brave and try this amazing dessert.

I called my mom and asked her about the recipe. It did not seem hard at all! The only thing about asking my mom for recipes is that her experience gets in a way. She has many, many years of experience as a chef and she doesn’t use exact measurements much. She tends to just throw ingredients together and she is always dead on. So when I asked her how she made Tiramisu, she said:

“Mascarpone, egg yolks, heavy cream, Amaretto and sugar.”

“Do you remember the measurements?”

“Do I ever?”

“Alright…I’ll figure it out!”

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After reading many, many recipes for Tiramisu, I did come up with a mascarpone cream recipe that I liked. The authentic mascarpone cream for Tiramisu is made with egg whites but I like using whipped heavy cream for light and creamy mix-in. I also prefer Amaretto over dark rum.

I really wanted to make the traditional Tiramisu into a poke cake so I used my favorite white cake recipe for the cake layer.

**Raw egg warning!**

**Uses alcohol and coffee. (You can use decaf if you want to avoid caffeine and alcohol is very minimal.)

Tiramisu Poke Cake

Serving Size: 9x13 sheet cake

**Raw egg warning**


  • White Cake:
  • 1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature (save the yolks)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup of buttermilk
  • Mascarpone Cream:
  • 8 oz Mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbs white granulated sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 tbs white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs Amaretto
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbs Cocoa Powder for dusting
  • About 1/4 cup of coffee for topping the cake


  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. In a bowl, beat butter for about thirty seconds and add sugar. Beat for about a minute, until light.
  4. Add egg whites one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder together.
  6. Lower the mixer speed to low.
  7. Alternating, add flour mixture and buttermilk in two parts, starting and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  8. Transfer the batter into the baking sheet, spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely before frosting!
  10. Mascarpone Cream:
  11. (Use whisk attachment) Beat the cold heavy cream and 1 tbs of sugar in the cold bowl of an electric mixer, until soft peaks appear. Set aside.
  12. Thoroughly clean and dry the mixer before starting on the rest of the cream. Use the whisk attachment.
  13. Whip the egg yolks and 3 tbs of sugar thoroughly, on medium-high speed, for about 3 minutes, until light yellow, think and frothy.
  14. Add the mascarpone cheese and amaretto liqueur, mix on low-medium speed.
  15. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cream.
  16. Tiramisu Cake:
  17. Poke holes all over the cake.
  18. Sprinkle the coffee over the top of the cake. Try to do it evenly and not too much so that the whole cake doesn't get soaked (just the top). You can use a spray bottle if you have one that you use for food, or just your hands.
  19. Spread the mascarpone cream evenly over the top.
  20. Dust with cocoa powder.
  21. **Keep refrigerated when not using.**


Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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  1. My hubby taught me how to make tiramisu and I make it for all of his birthdays and our anniversary and any other special day for us! Your spin onto a pike cake for this looks wonderful!!

  2. It’s always been on my baking bucket list because I love tiramisu so much. This poke cake version looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  3. I love tiramisu! Sounds yummy!

  4. Tiramisu is in my top 3 favorite desserts of all time! You are genius to turn it into a poke hole cake. I can see how moist and perfect it is. I cannot wait to make this! Pinning!!

  5. I have made the original version of Tiramisu but this looks to be much easier. I will definitely make this for our next family get together. Thank you. The pictures are wonderful! Makes me want to jump right into the cake and start eating.

    • I would say that it’s the same about of work for both. Cake from scratch or dipping lady fingers in coffee, about the same amount of time :)
      Thank you so much, Marisa!

  6. You are KILLING me! Tiramisu is one of my all time favorites. I will have to make this – like – today. :)

  7. I have never had tiramisu but this looks so good. The combination of ingredients just sound like it would taste good. I will definitely have to try it :)

  8. Love your warnings. I’m all for raw eggs, alcohol and coffee when it turns into a dessert that looks this fabulous!

  9. Oh my goodness does THIS look delicious, Lyuba!!

  10. There are no words to describe how delicious this looks and sounds. OH MY GOSH!

  11. This looks and sounds over the top delicious! I just love tiramisu so much!!!

  12. This looks so creamy and delicious, Lyuba! I love tiramisu and I think this poke cake is a wonderful idea!

  13. Kathy Gonzalez says:

    Tiramisu is one of my all time favorites but it always was so difficult I rarely made it. This was easy and delicious. I love it. Thank you for the perfect version of this dessert. It is company worthy. ;)

  14. My marscapone mixture came out really thin.
    How thick should the mixture be before you spread it on the cake?
    My stiff peaks were good but when I folded it in to the cheese/egg yoke mixture it became really runny.

    • Hi Dave! Sorry for the late response!
      The thickness was a little thicker than yogurt. Did it come out good in the end?

  15. Gonna make this one! its my Fav :)
    Thanks so much for this awesome recipe.

  16. Yum! I just saw this in the PIN party link!

  17. I love poke cakes and this one sounds tasty!!

  18. oh man – this recipe might just do me in! looks AMAZING!!! bad good – you know what I mean?

  19. What an awesome idea for a poke cake – sounds divine.

  20. With each picture you made my mouth water more. This looks so utterly good and unique. I love that you shared this with us. Thank you.

  21. Happy Friday & Weekend Potluck day! Wanted you to know this yummy recipe is being featured today for received the most clicks at our party last week. Congrats!

  22. I don’t see coffee mentioned in the recipe?

    • Hi Karla! The coffee is the very last thing in the ingredient list. It’s a little bit for sprinkling of the cake.

  23. I don’t see coffee mentioned in the recipe??

  24. Brilliant idea! The cake looks super delicious!! I will definitely be giving this a try.

  25. Alice Ames says:

    Under 2 tbs. Amaretto is listed 1 tsp. ? Can you fill in the blank for me? Thanks.

  26. Tiramisu is my weekness! I am so pinning this! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday! I am sharing this on my facebook page! xo Cheryl


  27. Sylvia Anderson says:

    I’m sitting here drooling and salivating after reading your recips. Tiramisu has always been my favorite dessert and we all love poke cakes, so what can be better than combining them into one fabulous recipe!
    I have a question about an ingredient that seems to be missing…between the Amaretto and the cocoa in the filling, it lists 1 tsp. with nothing following. Is is a missed ingredient or just an error. I would appreciate letting us know if it is a missing ingredient or what, because we can’t wait to make this for the next family gathering.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • So sorry for a late response, Sylvia! The missing ingredient was vanilla! I had a crazy couple of weeks and got buried in emails :)

  28. I’m a little concerned about the raw eggs. Any way around it?

  29. I’m a little concerned about raw eggs. Any way around it?

  30. Lyuba,
    I can’t wait to try this! Tiramisu is one of my absolute favorite desserts. So glad you shared this on my blog hop! Have a great weekend! :)

  31. OH WOW!! I totally pinned this…Tiramisu is my all time favorite dessert!!! Thanks for this wonderful lookin recipe!! Found you at Chef in Trainings Linky Party!

  32. MARLENE says:


  33. Can I use pasteurized eggs that come from a carton, and how much?

    • Joan, since I don’t use egg substitutes, I can’t tell you how it would work. You would have to follow the directions of the actual box of the egg substitute, but I can not guarantee the result! Best of luck!! :)


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