Thompson’s take on tiramisu

Here’s a question: What do you do when your boyfriend mentions as he’s leaving for work that he is craving tiramisu? Well, if you are Angela Thompson, you quickly look up a recipe for Tiramisu Cake, scan your pantries to see which ingredients are missing (in my case, basically all of them), and then take your bike down to Scotts Supermarket to do a little last-minute grocery shopping.

With supplies in hand, I hurried back to my flat. I knew I needed time to bake the cake and let it chill before my boyfriend came home from work. His hours at Betsson are so inconsistent – sometimes he’s done in eight, and sometimes it’s 10 or 12, if he and his partners are working on some big project or a new app. All of this is to say, it is definitely a bit of a frustrating variable when you are trying to plan a nice surprise!

I started by preparing my homemade biscuits (lady fingers, as some people call them) and mascarpone. Luckily, during college, I did a semester abroad in Italy. While my ability to speak Italian was slow to see the advantages, I definitely learned how to make a brilliant mascarpone. It may not replace the stuff you can get in Milan, but it is better than what you can pick up at a supermarket.

Once the cheese is done, I mixed it with some egg yolks, Marsala wine and heavy cream for the traditional zabaglione. The only real difference between tiramisu and tiramisu cake is the latter has more layers and a heavier presence of biscuits so it possesses a semblance to traditional cakes.

If you’re like me, and the filling is your favorite part, just spoon a bit on the top of your cake, or save it in the fridge and use it for other things.

I’m happy to say the cake was completed and properly chilled (remember, tiramisu is always served cold) before Leo was home from work. All in all, I would say the surprise was quite a success!