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Nadiya Hussain's Tiramisu Cake
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Nadiya Hussain's Tiramisu Cake

Posted Monday, August 14, 2017   |   1494 views   |   Family & Home   |   Comments (0) Nadiya tells Great British Food magazine: “The smell of strong coffee makes my stomach turn, but strangely enough I can just about bear the pain if I know it’s about to be mixed into cake, or tiramisu. Or – best of all – tiramisu cake!”

Makes: Approximately 12 slices

Prepare: 45 minutes, plus cooling and chilling

Cook: 35 minutes


For the cake:

· 225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

· 240g sponge fingers (approx 36)

· 60ml whole milk

· 3 tbsps instant coffee

· 225g light brown sugar

· 4 medium free-range eggs

· 225g self-raising flour, sifted

· 1 tsp baking powder

· 100ml boiling water

· 4 tbsps instant coffee

· 3 tbsps cocoa powder


For the vanilla Mascarpone cream:

· 300ml double cream

· 50g caster sugar

· 250g full-fat Mascarpone cheese

· 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste 

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Grease the base of two 20cm round springform cake tins and line with baking paper.

2. Line the base of each tin with the sponge fingers, sugary side facing down. As you line, make sure to cut, carve and get the fingers to the right length to fit all the gaps in the base – tightly packing the fingers will stop them rising to the top while baking. Set aside.

3. For the coffee mixture, put the milk and coffee into a small pan and warm just until the coffee has dissolved into the milk. Leave the mixture to one side to cool completely.

4. Put the butter and sugar into the bowl of a mixer, or use an electric hand-held mixer, and beat until it is light, fluffy and almost white in colour. This can take 10 minutes on a medium to high speed. You can also mix by hand, but it will take a bit longer.

5. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate them well, then add the flour and baking powder and fold through until well combined. Add the coffee mixture and fold that in too.

6. Divide the mixture between the two tins and spread it all over the sponge fingers. Level off the top and bake for 30–35 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

7. When the cakes are baked you will find they don’t have a smooth surface like a normal cake does. Instead, there will be small bubbles all over the surface – this is just the air from the sponge. You may even have a rogue sponge finger that has come to the top, but that doesn’t matter too much. 

8. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely, sponge finger side up.

9. When the cakes are completely cool, put the boiling water and the coffee into a small jug or bowl and stir to dissolve. Brush the tops of the cakes (the sides with the sponge fingers exposed) with the hot coffee mixture, making sure to use up all of the liquid.

10. Make the vanilla Mascarpone cream just before assembling. Put the cream and sugar into a bowl and whisk until it has just thickened very slightly.

11. Now put the Mascarpone and vanilla bean paste into another bowl and whisk to loosen – this way it will incorporate better with the cream. Then, fold the cream into the Mascarpone.

12. Take one of the springform tins you baked the cake in and grease the inside again. Line generously with cling film, making sure there is an overhang. You will need 2 pieces of cling film that criss-cross.

13. Put one cake back into one of the tins, sponge finger side up. The cake won’t be snug, as it will have shrunk while baking. Dust half the cocoa powder over the top of the cake. Spoon on all the Mascarpone cream and make sure it is levelled off completely, using a spatula.

14. Now add the second cake, sponge finger side up. Make sure to press the cake down slightly so that all the layers meld together.

15. Place a circle of baking paper on top, wrap in the cling film, and chill until it’s time to serve. Dust the top of the cake with the remainder of the cocoa powder and serve immediately.

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