Tiramisu Charlotte Cake
March 30, 2012

                      Tiramisu Charlotte Cake

Tiramisu Charlotte Cake … what a fun cake to make.

The wonder and surprise is that there is no cake to bake.

Charlotte? She’s just tiramisu in a fancy, fun design.

Her border’s made of sweet Savoiardi, each falls in perfect line,

Supporting layers of Italian bliss as berries rest atop …

The secure embrace of a licorice lace to spare each cherished drop,

Of her tiramisu, but I’m warning you …

With one taste, you’ll never stop!

Written by Linda Ghostwriter

 Further words from me about Tiramisu Charlotte “Cake” … Oh, and more photos are below! …

If you love Tiramisu or Tiramisu Trifle, you will like a good Tiramisu Charlotte cake. It has the same ingredients as Tiramisu, but as you can see, with the ladyfingers standing upright and around the layers, it looks more like a cake.

My husband makes his Tiramisu with just a little bit more liquor and with a stronger dose of espresso. For a pleasantly strong flavor from the coffee, a perfectly sweetened filling, and light and fluffy taste and texture, I hand it to him. He wins the prize. On the other hand, for a subtle sweet taste PLUS a wow – factor presentation, my Tiramisu takes the cake!

Here are a few photos of the Tiramisu Charlotte Cake I made for my in-laws in October. Inspired by a video tutorial by Dezzertzhouse, I made my own version by dipping ladyfingers in a single coating of my homemade chocolate ganache, adding strawberries, then shoestring licorice to tie it altogether. Adding strawberries is not a new invention when it comes to decorating a Tiramisu Charlotte cake, but I chose to add the berries for the bright contrast of colors and for a bit of a WOW effect. The WOW effect worked; my in-laws were wow-ed, my mother- in- law took pictures and had many flattering compliments to pay, and my father-in-law was ready to “sign me up”.

Of course, for your version, you may add what you like. You may want to add strawberries, kiwi, cinnamon sticks … the ideas are endless, but you have to ask yourself, “Does it compliment the cake?”, and “Will it appeal to the person for whom I am making this cake?” These are just a few cozy suggestions from me to you! … Now, Go! Bake! Enjoy!

                                                                                     Just a slice!

A view from above!A view from above!

A refrigerator view!A refrigerator view!

Another refrigerator view!Another refrigerator view!

Sitting in a cake ring, waiting for strawberries!Sitting in a cake ring, waiting for strawberries!

My first Tiramisu Charlotte Cake ... done!My first Tiramisu Charlotte Cake … done!

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The Mystery of His Tiramisu, and “Testa Dura!”
January 11, 2012

Tiramisu in a trifle bowl!

He made all the ingredients for the Tiramisu, and I assembled it into my trifle bowl! We both made the lady fingers! … After my little introduction below, read on to find out how I solved the “Mystery of His Tiramisu!” in my poem entitled, The Mystery of His Tiramisu, and “Testa Dura!”

 My husband and I made our own lady fingers for Tiramisu, and this was our first time making them. They tasted better than the packaged lady fingers we normally get from the International section of our local grocery store, and when it came to assembling the Tiramisu in my new trifle bowl; they looked magnificent, and fit beautifully.

Indeed, I was all excited about using my trifle bowl again, as this was only the second time using it.  My job besides helping make the lady fingers, was to assemble my husband’s tiramisu ingredients into the bowl; but as often as I have seen him make this famous Italian delight, there seemed to remain this mystery surrounding my husband’s tiramisu; especially the one he made for a family day- after -Christmas dinner, just last year…

The Mystery of His Tiramisu, and “Testa Dura!”

 His Tiramisu was quite a big hit,

At Mom- in – laws place, it was just the right fit.

What’s my husband’s secret?

I’ve yet to know it,

But that’s the mystery of his Tiramisu.

I know that the cream’s made with eggs whipped so light,

With the essence of zest (or is it juice or extract?)

Oh, why is husband so tight,

When sharing his secret Italian delight?

Oh, the mystery of his Tiramisu!

It’s not like I can’t find what’s in it …alright?

Tiramisu’s been around since the first Roman fight,

But, “It’s in the technique” (which is banned from all sight).

It’s the mystery of his Tiramisu!

Now, his mother’s Ricotta Cake is sent from above,

And her lemon squares and pound cake is touched by her love.

For, they make your mouth happy and heart filled with cheer,

Then you’re blue ‘cause it’s time for the year to draw near,

And all the indulgence of sweet tastes you’ve known,

Must cease because new resolutions have grown,

They’ve grown and they say, “Leave those sweet treats alone!”

So, you leave them alone … yes, alone.

And still his secret’s unknown; but, I know this for sure,

*Fingers are made from ingredients of 4,

And as always, there’s room for just 1 or 2 more,

But what’s the mystery of his TIRAMISU?

Yes, we made our own fingers, and what’s worth a shout,

Is homemade ingredients …that’s what it’s about!

That’s the secret to fingers, but Tiramisu?

Perhaps it’s not meant for revealing to you,

Or to me, but you see … I really want to …

To undo this mystery of Tiramisu!

 I do … I really do.

 So, why hide “the technique”? … For, I’m bound to find out!

“Why hide it?” I say with my prettiest pout.

“I’ve seen you cook, I’ve seen you bake; and you’ve never kept shy,

 Of my probing and prodding and questions of why…

  So, why husband …why?”

“Well, the truth is no secret, now would you agree …

 The truth is we’re happiest, sharing, you see?”

 “Oh yes, dearest husband; of course, I agree…

  I love sharing with you, and you sharing with me!”

“Then, to find out the secret, you have to get up!”

“In wee hours of morning?”

“That’s right, Buttercup…

Tiramisu’s made in morning, that’s when it’s made best,

Then it sits, and it waits; and it takes time to rest,

And as always, in morning; wake up, and you’ll see,

That there’s really no secrets between you and me.

Just time, and that time is just ticking away,

With each dying minute, and each dying day.”

“Is that really the secret to solving this case? …

Wee hours of morning; wake up, and make haste;

Or miss out on learning the secret you do,

When making your mystery tiramisu? ”

 “That is right, my dear wifey, I’ve said it befor-a”

“Then, there’s no more to say; so, to me …*‘Testa Dura!”

                                                                   Written by Linda Ghostwriter

  * Fingers refers to Savoiardi or what is also known as Lady Fingers; a spongy Italian biscuit.

  *“Testa Dura” is Italian for hard-headed, stupid, or stubborn.

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Side view: Tiramisu in a trifle bowl!

Side view: I assembled it; he put all the ingredients together! We both made the lady fingers!

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