Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe

Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your Thanksgiving guests won't soon forget.
Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Amaretti cookies give this moist pumpkin spike layered cake the crunch it needs. For extra sweetness, drizzle syrup on the cookies. Get the recipe.

Ingredients

Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling (includes all the spices)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Almond Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup amaretto

Filling:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
pinch of cream of tartar
2 cups mascarpone
2 vanilla beans, seeds only, pods reserved for another use
2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
1 bag of amaretti cookies, crushed (found at many grocery stores or at any Italian market)

Yield: Serves 12

Instructions

For Cake:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans. Spray with cooking spray, then line bottom of pans with parchment paper; spray again, and dust pans with flour. Sift flour and next three ingredients into a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat both sugars and oil in large bowl until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Add pumpkin pie filling, vanilla and orange peel; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture; beat on low just until incorporated. Divide batter between prepared pans and smooth tops.
Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool cakes completely in pans on rack. Run knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto racks; remove parchment paper. Turn cakes over, rounded-side up. Using serrated knife, trim rounded tops of cakes to level, then divide cakes in half horizontally to make 4 thin layers.

For Syrup:
In a saucepan combine water and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Strain into a sealable container, allow to cool, then cover and store in refrigerator.
When ready to use, mix in amaretto.

For Filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and cream of tartar, then beat until stiff peaks form.
Meanwhile, combine mascarpone, vanilla beans and amaretto in a small bowl. Beat with a whisk to combine, then fold into whipped cream.

To Assemble:
Brush a couple spoonfuls of amaretto syrup onto the cut side of each cake layer.
Put the first layer, uncut-side down, on a cake stand and spoon a generous layer of mascarpone filling over the top. Sprinkle a layer of crushed amaretti cookies over the filling. Repeat this process until all cake layers are used, ending with a thick topping of mascarpone filling and a generous sprinkle of amaretti cookies. Drizzle a little extra syrup over the top of the cookies and serve.
Store in the refrigerator — it's great the next day!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

If your appetites will still allow it, set dessert out on the table after dinner with dessert plates and forks so guests can help themselves. Serve alongside coffee and piping-hot cider for the last stretch in your marathon meal.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tiramisu Recipe

We've updated the Italian classic with fall flavors for a fresh take on a pumpkin dessert that's sure to be a new favorite. The addition of espresso and spice makes this the perfect end to your holiday gathering.

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? Whip up this traditional dessert as the perfect finish to your Thanksgiving meal.

Pineapple Tartlette Recipe

Bring your Thanksgiving guests to their knees with this delightful end to your holiday meal. The savory taste of ginger and rosemary add an unexpected fall flavor while the nut crust is the perfect backdrop to the smooth pastry cream.

Candied Yams Recipe

Sweet and gooey, this recipe is a fall favorite for kids and adults alike. Whip up a big batch for your Thanksgiving get-together.

Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Whether you prefer your stuffing in or out of the bird, this easy recipe is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving's main event.

Cranberry-Ginger Relish Recipe

Your Thanksgiving guests will flip for this twist on the seasonal favorite. This not-too-sweet relish goes great with roast turkey, chicken or pork.

Golden Raisin and Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Forget canned cranberry sauce; instead whip up this not-too-sweet relish to complement your Thanksgiving turkey, ham, duck or even roast pork.

Tarragon Green Beans With Almonds Recipe

Take everyone's favorite green veggie — green beans — up a notch with this flavorful recipe that features fresh herbs and a crunchy nut topping.

Herb Roasted Turkey and Gravy Recipe

Fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme give this turkey a savory flavor your family and Thanksgiving guests are sure to love. Turn the pan drippings into a thick gravy that's the perfect complement to your bird.

Thyme-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips Recipe

Roasted root vegetables are a hearty seasonal staple of many tables in the fall. Seasoned with olive oil, thyme and citrus, this fresh take is sure to become one of your family's favorite dishes.

On TV

Fixer Upper

7am | 6c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

House Hunters

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

1:30pm | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30pm | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30pm | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Lakefront Bargain Hunt

8pm | 7c

Beach Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

Mexico Life

10pm | 9c

Mexico Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Beach Hunters

12am | 11c

Beach Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

Mexico Life

1am | 12c

Mexico Life

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.