This summer, I have been on a Cannoli kick. I guess it started with the Cannolis we had for our rehearsal dinner.
Then we were out in Boston getting some more at Cafe Vitorria. As a result, whenever I wanted make something, the “Cannoli” flavor kept coming up. So here is a super easy recipe for Cannoli cupcakes. I also used the ingredients to build a my Chocolate Orange Charlotte.
Store bought chocolate cake mix
1 15oz container of Ricotta Cheese ( I used part-skim, feel free to use full fat)
4 tbsp of vanilla frosting (I used this, because it was lying around in the pantry) OR 4tbsp powdered sugar. Sweeten to your liking.
1 tsp of almond extract
2tsps of ground cinnamon
mini chocolate chips and pistachios (unsalted-shelled) for garnish
Make batter and bake cupcakes as per package directions. I baked 6 cupcakes and used the rest of the batter to make 2 9″ round cakes for my Chocolate Orange Charlotte.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely
In the meantime, mix the entire container of ricotta cheese with 4tbsp of frosting (or 4tbsp of powdered sugar) with almond extract and cinnamon
Fill into a piping bag attached to a star-tip (this is what I did; frost as you like) and pipe onto your cupcakes. You will not use the entire frosting for 6 cupcakes, I saved it for my cake recipe. You will probably use the whole thing if you are making 12 cupcakes. This frosting will make a great Cannoli Dip with graham crackers or you could use it for my other favorite recipe “Cannoli Cups”
Sprinkle with mini-chocolate chips and pistachios (other toppings could be orange peels, almonds or nothing at all)
Serve and watch your friends devour !