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Tiramisu Poke Cake – White Cake Infused With Coffee

Comments : 6 Posted in : Cakes on by : Karen Metz Tags: , , ,

This recipe is a great option to making a regular tiramisu cake. When I wanted to make a traditional tiramisu, I could not find the ingredients I needed. To this day, I have never seen lady fingers and mascarpone cheese in the store, two of the main ingredients needed. I know there is an easy way to make the mascarpone cheese with heavy cream and lemon juice, but I needed to make this for a crowd and I still could not find the Biscotti Savoiardi biscuits (lady fingers) and was not adventurous enough to try to make them myself.

I needed a good dessert recipe for a Valentine dinner we were having at our church. The dinner was an Italian theme and tiramisu for dessert would work great for it! Since I could not find the ingredients, I had to look for something different and the recipe had to be adaptable to make for 30 – 50 people without spending a fortune.

I came across this Tiramisu poke cake recipe that is very simple. Plus, I was able to triple the recipe to be able to make it in a half sheet cake pan. Everyone loved it! The only complaint was that it needed more coffee into the holes and I agreed. The next time I made the cake, I did a regular 10 x 13 cake pan and I doubled the coffee syrup. I used all of it but about 1/4 of a cup. I think I could have used the rest of it without the cake getting too soggy.

This Tiramisu poke cake calls for a white cake mix from a box. When I tripled the recipe for the Valentine party, I did use the boxed cake mix. The next time I made it, I used a white cake mix from scratch. I think the cake mix in a box makes less cake than a cake mix from scratch. So if you opt to do a cake from scratch, you will definitely need more of the coffee syrup.

Tiramisu Poke Cake

Choose only one of these two ways to make your cake – either with a boxed cake mix or by scratch.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1- 16.26 ounce White cake mix – I used Betty Crocker Super Moist
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3 egg whites


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. With cooking spray, spray a 10 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl of a kitchen aid stand mixer on low for 30 seconds.
  3. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Immediately poke holes in cake and pour coffee into holes and on top and sides of cake.
  6. Let cool completely before putting on the topping.

Coffee Syrup

Feel free to increase the amount of this coffee and corn syrup mixture.


  • 3/4 cup hot – strong dark coffee
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup


Dissolve corn syrup into the coffee. Set aside till cake is baked and holes poked into cake. Then slowly pour coffee mixture into the holes, and around the sides of the cake till all the syrup is used.



  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese – softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa


  1. In a bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer – beat softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until it is smooth.
  2. Add in heavy whipping cream and beat on high speed for 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spread topping on top of completely cooled cake.
  4. Sprinkle top with cocoa.

What Did You Choose?

Did you have the chance to make this cake? Did you increase the coffee syrup? I would love to hear about your experience as well as any comments, suggestions or questions you may have. Feel free to put them in the comment section below. 

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6 thoughts

  • Aly
    February 24, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, this looks incredible. I haven’t had a chance to make it yet, but I will probably start by trying it out with the box cake mix at first. The frosting and coffee look dreamy and fluffy! Have you tried adding any liqueurs or coffee flavorings to the coffee syrup? I was thinking that it would be nice with Bailey’s Irish Cream flavor or maybe just with a caramel coffee syrup?

    • admin
      February 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Yes, I have thought of using Kahlua coffee liqueur because I have some in my cupboard that I use when I make my Chocolate Rum Cakes.  But, this coffee syrup for the Tiramisu is not cooked, so the alcohol would still be in it and I am serving it to children.  It might not be enough to worry about, but the strong coffee is cheaper.  If you get the chance to make it with those other liqueurs let me know how it turns out! 


  • Benny
    February 25, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Hello, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. It is actually the first time I am seeing a white cake being infused with coffee. I am definitely trying this out. Thank you for this post.

    • admin
      February 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting and reading my articles.  I hope you get the chance to try out the cake and let me know how it turns out for you.

      Thanks again,


    February 27, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    It’s very good and VERY VERY LITE!

    • February 27, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Yes, it is lite. Easier to eat more of it!

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