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Tiramisu Cupcakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes
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One 15.25-ounce box yellow cake mix

3 large eggs 

1 cup water 

1/2 cup vegetable oil 

1 tablespoon sweet marsala wine 


Two 6-ounce containers mascarpone cheese

One 8-ounce block cream cheese, at room temperature 

1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder 

1/2 cup powdered sugar 

Pinch kosher salt 

Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  2. For the cupcakes: Combine the cake mix, eggs, water, oil and marsala in a large bowl. Using a hand held mixer, beat on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way to the top (about 3 tablespoons). Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  3. For the frosting: While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the mascarpone, cream cheese, espresso powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Using a handheld mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Divide the frosting evenly on the cupcakes and spread over the tops. Dust with cocoa powder and serve. Store in the refrigerator.