Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve never actually had tiramisu? I know, I know! What sort of baker has never had a piece of tiramisu, but seeing as it’s traditionally loaded with dairy, it’s never been a treat I’ve been able to enjoy. Enough is enough, I said to myself, and have created a vegan and gluten-free tiramisu layer cake that I hope does the iconic dessert justice.
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Easy Vegan & Gluten-Free Tiramisu Layer Cake
Two layers of thick vegan gluten-free vanilla cake soaked in rich espresso. Layered gorgeously with a creamy and smooth coconut whip cream and a healthy sprinkling of grated rich chocolate on each layer. This easy tiramisu cake comes together with very little effort and is a total show-stopper. You won’t believe that it’s vegan and gluten-free!
What Is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert consisting of layers of coffee-soaked cookies often referred to as ladyfingers. It is layered with coffee-infused mascarpone cream and cocoa powder. Commonly made and served in a square or rectangle pan, it was originally created to be circular.
Simple Vanilla Cake Layers
Seeing as I’m a cake gal, I knew I had to try a non-traditional spin on this classic tiramisu treat. Two layers of vanilla cake make up the base of this dessert. Both gluten-free and vegan, everyone can enjoy a slice!
Ideally, a gluten-free flour blend containing rice, potato, and tapioca flour as the base will produce the best result. If you have any experience baking with gluten-free flours, you know has vast they can vary. My preferred blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum, the proverbial glue to gluten-free baking, so I added it to this recipe. If the blend you are using already contains it, simply omit it.
Start by creaming the vegan butter and granulated sugar together at high speed until light and fluffy. Adding in the pure vanilla extract and vegan sour cream is the next step. Again, on high speed allow it to cream together. Be forewarned that sometimes, at this point in making the cake batter, it may appear to have separated. Due to the nature of mixing sour cream and butter, it’s totally normal and totally okay. Just keep going.
The last step to this easy cake batter is adding the dry ingredients to the mixer. Turn the mixer on low and as the dry ingredients start to mix in, slowly pour in the vegan milk and mix until just combined. I love to bake with unsweetened almond milk but you could use whatever milk type you prefer.
Vegan Coconut Whip Cream
Have you ever made vegan whip cream before? It’s amazing and ridiculously easy. A bit of prep the day before and a few cans of coconut cream will make whipping up a batch of homemade coconut whip cream super simple.
The key to ensuring vegan whip cream success is chilling the coconut cream sufficiently. The night before you plan to make this tiramisu cake, take the two cans of coconut cream and place them in the fridge. When you are ready to make it, take the cans out of the fridge, and without shaking the cans, open them both up and remove the heavy thick coconut cream while leaving any liquid in the can.
I did a lot of researching dairy-free and vegan mascarpone alternatives. And the truth is that they were all fairly complicated and required ingredients that may not be pantry staples. To include that delicious mascarpone tang, I added a teaspoon of white vinegar to the coconut whip cream. It helps cut the coconut taste and introduces a hint of tanginess.
Can I Make This Not Gluten-Free and Vegan?
Yes! This tiramisu cake can quite easily and deliciously be made with regular gluten and animal products. Simple swaps such as cake flour instead of gluten-free flour; remember to omit the xanthan gum, and regular butter and sour cream instead of their vegan counterparts. If desired, the coconut whip cream can even be replaced with good old-fashioned regular whip cream.
The Most Delicious Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe
You are going to be in tiramisu heaven with this simple and easy vegan gluten-free tiramisu cake. A truly delicious cake spin on the classic traditional tiramisu, this recipe will have everyone, vegan/gluten-free or not, enjoying a slice!
Coffee Flavored Recipes
If you’re like me and love a coffee-flavored treat, these bakes are a must-try:
- Espresso Oreo Cake
- Espresso Molasses Cookies
- Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
- Baileys & Coffee Cake
- Better Box Mix Brownies