Easy Pound Cake Tiramisu for #PoundCakeDay

Easy Pound Cake Tiramisu on www.veryculinary.com

by Amy Flanigan on March 4, 2014 · 28 comments

So, you’re just going about your usual day; run, take the kids to school, come home and bake, edit photos, surf Pinterest, break for lunch, make a haircut appointment, get sad because your dogs are no longer there, roast some chicken, pick up the kids, help with homework. Blah.

And then Sara Lee contacts you.

Day. Made. 

Ok. Well. That’s how my day went a few weeks ago.

So excited to be working with them and their great products in honor of National Pound Cake Day!

Sara Lee Pound Cake

Have you ever had Tiramisu? It’s a popular, fancy-ish, coffee-flavored Italian dessert, traditionally made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs/sugar/mascarpone cheese, and dusted with cocoa. And all kinds of deliciousness. BUT, it’s somewhat labor intensive and not something most people will make on a whim.

Unless you’re me. And eliminate the eggs and double boiler. And cheat with pound cake. #winning

Easy Pound Cake Tiramisu on www.veryculinary.com

I’m so happy with how this turned out! Because, really, nobody doesn’t like love Sara Lee. Truth.

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This recipe was developed by me for Sara Lee Desserts. All opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Pound Cake Tiramisu
Serves 6-8
Prep time: 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours

• 1 container (16 ounce) mascarpone cheese
• 3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
• 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup cold heavy cream
• 1 1/2 cups brewed strong coffee, cooled
• 1 package (16 ounce) frozen Sara Lee all butter pound cake, thawed, sliced into 12 even pieces across
• Cocoa powder, for dusting

In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, coffee liqueur, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute (do not overmix).

In a medium bowl, combine the heavy cream and 1/4 cup powdered sugar; beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture in 3 additions; set aside.

Pour coffee into a shallow bowl. One at a time, dip 6 of the pound cake slices in the coffee for only a few seconds (letting the cake soak too long will cause them to fall apart), and arrange in a single layer in an 8×8 inch baking dish, breaking the slices as necessary to cover the bottom of the dish.

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the pound cake. Dip the remaining 6 slices in the coffee and arrange on top. Spread the remaining mascarpone mixture on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Cut into pieces and dust with cocoa powder.

(inspired from all the gazillion of Tiramisu recipes out there!)

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie March 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

First, how COOL is it that you were contacted by Sara Lee?! #winning
Second, YUM.
Third, I could eat that pound cake, plain, in one sitting. By myself. #notashamed


Jelli March 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

National pound cake day? Count me in! I suppose then I’d also be celebrating national “lose the pounds” day too, but it’s worth it! Pound cake is my favorite cake and layering it into tiramisu is a great idea. When I was in uni my granny sent me Sara Lee cakes frozen… and I love eating that way to this day!


Jersey Girl Cooks March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Love this easy way by using pound cake. Tiramisu is one of my favorite deserts.


Nicole, RD March 5, 2014 at 5:46 am

I have to feed 35 physicians an Italian meal next Monday night and I wanted to serve Tiramisu…but I’ve never made it and was scurrred. This is perfect!!!


Margot C March 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

**not an entry** A message: I’m posting your tweet as written, but you should know that it does not include a link back to this page. I sorta don’t like posting a tweet that makes no sense like that, but I’m not sure what else to do.


Amy @Very Culinary March 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

Greetings Margot! There should definitely be a link! That would be silly without it. That was an error made when the widget was set up, and it has been fixed now to include it.

Thanks for the heads-up!


Margot C March 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

All good!


Joanne March 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Definitely my least favorite part of tiramisu making is trying to find ladyfingers at a reasonable price. IMPOSSIBLE. But pound cake…now that is a beautiful possibility.


Susan March 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

You know I’ve never had tiramisu because the coffee taste is too much for this non-coffee drinker! How about I just have that pound cake plain?


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I’m not a coffee drinker either, Susan! But this…this is a rule breaker! It’s sublime, I swear.


Ray March 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

That looks yummy and pretty easy.

And imagine the possibilities with flavored Kahlúa.


suzi March 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

this looks yummy!


Cathy March 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

You recommended their pound cake a while back as a quick go-to for making strawberry shortcake… it was so easy and delish and saved me on a frantic day.


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

YES! That’s how Sara Lee found me! So that recipe is a win on many levels :)


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

I seriously want to run to my kitchen RIGHT NOW and make this. And I have some Sara Lee pound cake on hand… hmmmm!! :D


Andrea March 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

I once spent a very buzzed weekend trying out different Tiramisu recipes, but this is a wonderful amalgamation of them. Thanks!


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Haha. Can’t think of a better way to get a buzz!


Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos March 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

This is entirely genius! All the flavor without the labor :) Yay for National Pound Cake Day!


Julie March 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

Oh, yum! I love tiramisu (totally had to cheat to spell that correctly). It’s the main reason I go to Olive Garden. Well, that and the bread sticks. I digress. Just yum. Here’s a question, though? What the heck size family do they think “family size” serves? It MIGHT serve the three of us, but it never would have been enough for one meal in my family growing up. Just wondering. Meanwhile, I’ll take a piece.


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Ya, it’s really not enough for me either. Honestly, I hoarded all 6 servings for myself. And then cried when it was gone.


Betsy @JavaCupcake March 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

Ooh what a great idea for a quick, easy and simple dessert!


Dani H March 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

I’ve been meaning to ask you, as Paul often wears a white shirt in the videos ~ how do you keep them so white and bright? Maybe you could do a post on your laundering techniques and products?



Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 6:26 am

Lol. Um, I guess bleach? He does the laundry, so I have no idea! #spoiled


Dani H March 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Ha! Now that IS spoiled! ;-) But you deserve it! The only thing brighter than his shirts is his smile!


Dani H March 4, 2014 at 6:05 am

I’ve never tried tiramisu because I’m not a fan of ladyfingers. I am, however, a huge fan of Sara Lee Pound Cake (it makes the best petit fours with jam between layers and thinned icing just poured over the little squares.) I’ve been meaning to make some mascarpone cheese and this recipe is good incentive.


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 6:25 am

I love their pound cake. I cut it up into cubes and make simple strawberry parfaits in the summer time. Kids love it!


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen March 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

Yesssss! Two of my favorite desserts in one…this is a total win! Love it, Amy!!


Amy @Very Culinary March 4, 2014 at 6:24 am

Thanks, Kelli!


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