World Cuisine: How To Make Italian Cannoli Cake At Home
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This cannoli cake recipe incorporates everything you love about classic cannoli into a lovely layer cake. Cannoli are a traditional Sicilian dish. The tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough filled with a sweet ricotta filling are a famous Italian pastry. The orange-scented cake layers have ricotta cheese filling and a thick, creamy chocolate chip filling. The outside of the cake is adorned with creamy mascarpone icing and chopped pistachios. When the first slice is cut, the exquisite layers are revealed. It's guaranteed to wow your guests at your next Italian-themed dinner party, birthday party, or another cake-worthy event.


For The Cake

 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

 1/2 tsp salt

 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

 3 large eggs

 1 tbsp orange zest

 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 1 1/4 cups milk

For Mascarpone Frosting

 16 ounces mascarpone cheese

 1 cup confectioners' sugar

 1/4 cup milk

 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Ricotta Filling

 15 ounces ricotta cheese

 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


1. Assemble all of the components Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans should be set aside.

2. In a large mixing basin, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt to make the cakes. Place aside.

3. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. One at a time, add the eggs, thoroughly combining after each addition.

5. Combine the orange zest and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.

6. Beginning and ending with the flour combination, alternately add the milk and the butter mixture and stir just until blended.

7. Distribute the cake batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

8. Ten minutes should be given for the cakes to cool in their pans. The cakes should be taken out of the pans and placed on a wire rack to finish cooling.

For The Filling And Frosting

1. To prepare the ricotta filling, combine the ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and orange extract in a large mixing bowl. Whip until fluffy. Stir in 3/4 cup small chocolate chips. Place aside.

2. To create the frosting, combine the mascarpone cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.

Prepare And Frost The Cake

1. Spread half of the ricotta filling over one cooled cake layer on a serving dish.

2. Top with the second cake layer and spread the remaining filling to within 1 inch of the cake's edges.

3. Mascarpone frosting should be used to completely cover the sides and top edge of the cake.

4. Pistachios, chopped, should be sprinkled around the top border of the cake. Finish with the remaining 1/4 cup of small chocolate chips on top of the cake. Until you are ready to serve, place it in the refrigerator.

Storage Instructions

Because the filling and frosting include cheeses, keep this cake refrigerated until ready to serve. Any leftovers should be firmly wrapped and stored in the refrigerator for three days.