In honor of my birthday this Thursday my family (the few members that were at home) got together to pre-celebrate my special day. I’m flying back to England tomorrow morning so it was the last chance for us to have a relaxing breakfast and celebrate me becoming one year older and wiser (hopefully!)
I love birthdays (not just mine) because it brings a family together and you get to eat a big slice of cake, or two. Every year I try to come up with an amazing cake recipe or a fantastic looking cake but really the only cake I want for my birthday is Tiramisu. It’s one of those cakes that we make once a year and I try to savor every slice I eat because in my opinion it tops every other cake in terms of creaminess.
makes a 2-layer, 26 cm cake
You will need:
- about 60 ladyfingers
- 2 x 500g mascarpone
- 3 egg yolks
- 4 tbsp. sugar
- 1 bowl of good quality coffee/ espresso
- 2 tbsp. rum
- cocoa powder
- Start by mixing together the mascarpone, egg yolks and sugar using a mixer. Once mixed together set aside.
- In the meantime prepare the coffee. You should have enough to fill a bowl. Add 2 tbsp. of rum to the coffee.
- Line the cake tin with cling film. This is important for when you want to remove the Tiramisu from the cake tin.
- Start layering the ladyfingers in the cake tin: dunk the ladyfiners in the coffee-rum mixture first, then add one layer to the cake tin.
- Then add half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers and spread out evenly.
- Repeat with another layer of ladyfingers (remember to dip them into coffee first). Add the rest of the mascarpone.
- Then add the last layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and cover with another layer of cling film.
- Let the cake rest in the fridge, preferable overnight, before serving.
- When you are ready to serve the cake, transfer it (up-side-down) onto a serving plate. This should be no problem if you have previously lined the cake tin with cling film.
- Before serving, add a coating of cocoa powder.
Pre-celebrating my birthday at home was the perfect way to end my time at home and now I am excited for a new term full of hopefully interesting lectures and celebrating my birthday with the rest of the family in England: my brother, my sister and her boyfriend. Celebrating without them just wouldn’t seem right! Let’s just hope they’re in the mood for some partying!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!