I saw a episode of Bakery Boss where the owner of one of the bakeries Buddy Valestro was helping, made a cannoli cupcake. Then I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a chocolate cannoli cupcake. So I decided to combine the 2 ideas, using my chocolate cake recipe for the base of the cupcake.
Now, I have never had a cannoli, much less baked anything resembling a cannoli so a cupcake seemed like the way to go! This takes a little extra time, but they are worth it!
Combine Dry Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa (if you want to bump up the chocolate add an extra 1/4 cup cocoa)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Mix and make a well. In the well add:
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup milk
Mix really well with a mixer. This made 20 good size cupcakes ( you can get 24 if you make them a bit smaller). Bake 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.
Chocolate Cannoli Filling
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix really well. Fill a pastry bag with the cream.
Poke a hole in each of the cooled cupcakes about 3/4 of the way down. I used the end of a wooden spoon. Fill gently. The filling will pop out the top when full.
At this point they will look like this:
Ice with your favorite frosting or you can use whipped cream.
I used whipped cream.
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/4 cup icing suagr
Beat the cream and gradually add the sugar to the mixture. Beat until it is just beyond soft peaks.
Note: I added 2 tbsp of prepared gelatin to stabilize my whipping cream. This is a great video that I found on youtube which explains how to make stabilized whipped cream: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5hZUm2g7vU)
Top with mini chocolate chips!