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Adapted from cupcakeproject.com

tiramisu cupcakesWhat better way to celebrate my birthday than with a cupcake that can easily segue into my name? Tiramisu is my favorite go-to dessert. Traditional tiramisu recipes call for Marsala wine and a zabaglione filling. I’m not always traditional. Espresso and unsweetened cocoa balance the sweetness of the mascarpone filling and frosting.

Incorporating the Amaretto into the batter is a stroke of genius. These cupcakes are super moist and according to my 11 year old “the best cupcakes you’ve ever made!”

Happy birthday to me!


  • Cake:
  • 1 box sugar-free vanilla cake mix
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ c egg substitute
  • 1/3 c oil
  • ¼ c Greek fat-free yogurt
  • ½ c milk
  • ¾ c sour cream
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • ½ c brewed espresso (divided), cooled
  • ¼ c Amaretto, Kahlua or rum,


  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 tbs brewed espresso
  • ¼ c powdered sugar
  • ¼ c stevia


  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ c stevia
  • 1 tsp Amaretto, rum, Kahlua or almond vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream


  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting



  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • In large bowl whisk egg whites, egg, oil, yogurt, sour cream and almond extract
  • Stir cake mix into wet ingredients.
  • Using half of the batter, fill cupcake liners about 1/3 full.
  • Add coffee and Amaretto to remaining cake batter
  • Mix, adding flour, 1 tsp at a time, if the batter is too moist or add milk if too dry.
  • Add coffee-mixture batter to on top of each filled liner to about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.


  • Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until well incorporated.


  • Using whisk attachment on electric mixer beat mascarpone and powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Add Amaretto.
  • Slowly add in heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form.


  • Cut a small piece of cake out the top of cooled cupcakes.
  • Spoon in filling.
  • Pipe frosting over cupcake top.
  • Dust with cocoa powder.


  • Use chocolate curls.
  • Use a mix of cocoa powder with espresso.
  • Top with chocolate-covered espresso bean.