|I know it's supposed to say 'Happy Birthday Gaya', but 'Happy Gaya' is true as well....|
Previous post showed my Tiramisu cake I did for a friend's birthday... Coffee, cheese, chocolate - what's there not to love about Tiramisu? :)
Tiramisu, means 'Pick me up' in Italian. Or 'Make me happy'. I love both translations - it makes perfect sense of course. If it's coffee, cheese and chocolate in you cake, it'll certainly pick you up! And if you lace your coffee with a little Kahlua, then it's sure to make you happy!
It's one of the easiest cake to make, as there is no baking required. I bought a large pack of Ladies Fingers and some chocolate Love Letters to complete the cake. Now, I'm not a very science-y, count-y kinda girl (which should not be appropriate for someone who claims to bake a lot) so I do not actually have a recipe for this. I'm more of a feel-y, estimate-y kinda chick, so I put in as much stuff as I think should go in.
So, here's my feel-y Tiramisu recipe:
You'll need a pack of Ladies Fingers, Love Letter wafers, Cream cheese, Icing sugar, Gelatin, Coffee Granules
|These are Ladies Fingers |
(dip them with the sugarless side down)
|Chocolate Love Letter wafers|
- Mix one bar of cream cheese with icing sugar well
- Mix in two teaspoons of gelatin with hot water, till gelatin melts
- Beat in the gelatin mixture with the cream cheese mixture
- Now, line a spring foam pan with baking paper on the bottom and the sides
- Mix about 3 tablespoons of coffee granules with hot water (basically make a thick and black cup of coffee) in a shallow plate
- Dip a Ladies Finger in strong coffee for about 2 seconds, only on one side. (Don't leave it in for too long, you can feel the Ladies Fingers soaking up all the coffee and start to crumble)
- Now, line the ladies fingers at the base of your pan (about 4-6 fingers, depending on the size of your pan)
- Pour a layer of cream cheese on top of the soaked Ladies Fingers.
- Now, take your Love Letters, and line the side of the spring foam pan - making a sort of fencing on the sides
- Repeat with a second layer of ladies fingers, topped with the rest of the cream cheese.
- Now, let it set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
- Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top before serving
|I cut out her name, and used it as a stencil. Unfortunately, Gaya's 'ya' got a little smudged...|
|Birthday Girl and her cake|