Cannoli Cupcakes

02.03.2018

These Cannoli Cupcakes combine two of the best desserts in the world (cupcakes and cannoli) to make one unforgettable indulgence! You get a perfect vanilla cupcake topped with a ricotta cannoli filling and a chocolate whipped cream topping. Yes dreams do come true, these are proof :).

Cannoli Cupcakes

These are one of those treats where you want to savor every last little crumb!

You get a moist and fluffy vanilla buttermilk cupcake, a sweet and creamy ricotta filling (don’t worry it doesn’t taste like eating cheese) and it’s crowned with a silky smooth, rich chocolate whipped cream.

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Cannoli Cupcakes

Oh and they’re finished with dark chocolate chips for added cuteness and flavor.

I mean how could these not be good??

You can also add some cinnamon or orange zest to the cupcakes for more one layer of traditional cannoli flavor. Eeny meeny miny moe which will you choose?

I actually forgot to add either or so I went was sprinkling cinnamon on mine after, lol.

Cannoli Cupcakes

With Valentines Day coming up you’ve got the perfect excuse to get baking and make a treat to celebrate the holiday.

Because that’s what holidays are really about, right? The food. The over-the-top, ultra satisfying, reserved for a special occasion food.

Okay and the love. Being with those we love, I guess that’s important too :).

Cannoli Cupcakes

My idea of the perfect Valentines Day gift is to bake these up for someone near and dear to you.

Roses and chocolates are great but cupcakes are even better.

Especially cupcakes this good!

Cannoli Cupcakes

This is actually a recipe from the archives I’m revisiting, I updated the recipe below and tweaked it to my idea of perfect.

They were good before but now they are even dreamier!

Aaaaand now I want another. The temptation is real I tell you.

Cannoli Cupcakes

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Cannoli Cupcakes

5 from 2 votes

These are incredibly dreamy cupcakes! You get a soft and fluffy vanilla buttermilk cupcake topped with a rich cannoli filling and it's finished with a silky smooth chocolate whipped cream. Perfect for any celebration, or just to bake up for fun because life needs cupcakes sometimes.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups (105g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level)
  • 3/4 cup (96g) cake flour (scoop and level)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp (85g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (160g) granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp (50ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk

Cannoli Topping

  • 1 1/3 cups (300g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup (42g) powdered sugar

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (65g) powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp (15g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon set aside. 

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, add orange zest here if using that instead of cinnamon.

  4. Blend in oil then stir in eggs one at a time mixing until combine after each addition and blending in vanilla with second egg.

  5. With mixer set at low speed, add in 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix just until combine then add half of the buttermilk and mix just until combined. Repeat this process once more then finish by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture. 

  6. Divide batter among lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 18 - 23 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. 

  7. Allow to cool several minutes before transferring to wire rack. Cool cupcakes completely.

For the cannoli topping

  1. If ricotta is fairly wet transfer to a few layers of paper towels then fold and press to remove some of the excess moisture. 

  2. Transfer ricotta to a mixing bowl and stir in powdered sugar, chill until ready to serve cupcakes.

For sweetened chocolate whipped cream

  1. In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip heavy cream on high speed until it starts to thicken slightly then add powdered sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla. 

  2. Mix on low until combined then increase to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to serve cupcakes.

To assemble cupcakes

  1. When ready to serve, spread about 1 1/2 Tbsp cannoli filling over the top of each cupcake.

  2. Transfer chocolate mixture to a piping bag fitted with a star tip (I used Wilton 2D) and pipe whipped cream over ricotta layer.

  3. Sprinkle each cupcake with mini chocolate chips. Serve immediately for best results (cupcakes will keep okay in the refrigerator but they are best served once frosted).

  4. Recipe source: inspired by Tide and Thyme. I originally shared these Oct. 2012, recipe updated Feb. 2018.

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85 comments

  • Rhonda: Jaclyn,
    My daughter has requested a cupcake tower for her upcoming wedding, and these look perfect! Since as mother of the bride I will need to make them either the night before or very early the morning of the wedding, what suggestions can you share with me to help keep the best presentation possible for the icing and topping of the cupcakes? Would you suggest using a different type of frosting than the whipped and if so what would be the next best choice that would par well with the Other ingredients?. I have tried whipped heavy cream frosting’s before with ricotta cheese and have found them to be on the runny side in the past so I’m concerned with issues for an event as important as a wedding but they look wonderful as you have made them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Rhonda May 24, 2018 at 7:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think I’d use a different topping as this seems to be the only fitting one. My only suggestion really is to keep them well chilled until ready to serve. I hope things go well with them, and congrats to your daughter! June 9, 2018 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Lenore: Hi Jaclyn, For the flours, you put scoop and level. Does that mean to just use the cup you are measuring with to scoop the flour out of the container? I was taught to use a spoon to put the flour in the cup then do the leveling. I am looking forward to making these. I have a bunch of mouths here that would love to devour them. Have a great weekend! March 2, 2018 at 6:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes in this recipe and most often I use the scoop and level method (America’s Test Kitchen uses that https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6573-measuring-flour so that’s what I started going with, plus I like how it’s so much faster). BUT for best results I highly recommend purchasing a kitchen scale you can get one for about $10 on amazon. That is the best method for most accurate results which is why I list grams in the recipe. Hope you enjoy Lenore! March 2, 2018 at 11:12pm Reply

      • Lenore: Thank you for the help and the advise. I have been wanting to get a kitchen scale for a while now. It would definitely speed things up and help with the accuracy. March 12, 2018 at 9:02am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: I love your cannoli desserts – these cupcakes are just gorgeous! :) February 11, 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! February 12, 2018 at 10:18am Reply

  • michael: no where do you have adding the oil, we made them without it, not realizing. at what step should the oil be added? February 11, 2018 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So sorry I missed that in editing! Added it above. Hope you enjoy! February 12, 2018 at 11:05am Reply

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