Tiramisu Dessert

Tiramisu Dessert

1 sponge cake (10-12") - about 3" tall
3 oz strong black coffee
3 oz brandy or rum
1½ lbs mascarpone - room temp
1½ cups superfine/powdered sugar
unsweetened cocoa powder

Cut across middle of sponge cake forming two layers,
each about 1½" high. Blend coffee and brandy.

Sprinkle enough of mixture over bottom half of cake to
flavor it strongly. Don't moisten cake too much or it
may collapse on serving. Beat room-temperature cheese and
1 cup sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and cheese
is light and spreadable. test for sweetness during beating,
adding more sugar if needed. Spread cut surface of bottom
layer with half of the cheese mixture. Replace second layer
and top this with remaining cheese mixture. Sprinkle top
liberally with sifted cocoa. Refrigerate cake for at least
2 hours before cutting and serving.

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