Alcohol & Caffeine Free Tiramisu

I'm a big fan of the classic Italian cake dessert - Tiramisu. Although I'm slightly averse with alcoholic notes, the blending of sweet, bitter and creamy flavors of the cake is something really enjoyable. It maybe one of the easiest cake to make since it only involves a simple mixing and layering process; but it could be one of the most delicate too in terms of preparation. The classic recipe includes raw eggs and food safety precautions must be observed at all cost against possible salmonella contamination. Personally, I don't prefer the recipe that calls for raw eggs especially if I'll be serving it to small kids. Hence, I came up with this child friendly recipe that both kids and kids at heart can enjoy. For people who are veering away from alcohol and caffeine, it's still possible to indulge into this yummy cake with this recipe.  

What you need:
200g pack lady fingers or Savoiardi biscuits
300ml whipping cream
40g icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp granulated instant decaffeinated coffee
1 cup boiling water
1 cup (250ml) mascarpone cheese
2 tsp cocoa powder or more
3 tbsp chocolate drops for toppings

How to make:
1. Combine coffee and water; stir well, allow to cool and set aside.
2. Place half the biscuits, in single layer over a deep dish; drizzle with half of the coffee mixture.
3. Beat the cream and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Fold in mascarpone cheese.
4. Spread half of the cream and cheese mixture over biscuits in the dish.
5. Submerge the remaining biscuits, one at a time in coffee (do not over soak), place over the cream layer.
6. Top biscuit with the remaining cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7. Dust with sifted cocoa powder and top with mini chocolate drops just before serving.


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