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Tiramisu Cake

This tiramisu cake is made with yellow cake layers soaked in coffee-flavored syrup and filled with coffee cream cheese frosting and chopped chocolate. If you love tiramisu or if you are a coffee-lover, you will love this tiramisu cake! You might also like: Coffee and Walnut Loaf Cake Easy Coffee Truffles Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache…
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I’m an infectious disease doctor in Washington State who’s been cooking and baking for 40+ years! I started the Ugly Duckling Bakery blog to share my love for food, some of my favorite recipes, and the experience of teaching my young kiddo to cook.

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The Ugly Duckling Bakery isn’t a reality. It’s just a dream that gets me through the workday when the funding is uncertain or the colleagues are fussy.

I’m a lifelong baker, but it wasn’t until 2020, when I was stuck at home with my elementary school kiddo, that I started baking and cooking with a purpose. The things I make are not often pretty, but they taste delicious.

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