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Cannoli Cupcakes Recipe

Cannoli Cupcakes Recipe

These jumbo cupcakes feature a fluffy, creamy cannoli-like filling. White chocolate curls on top are the crowning touch.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • White chocolate curls


  • 1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Fill paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake according to package directions for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat 1/2 cup cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners' sugar, Mascarpone cheese and extract until smooth. Fold in pistachios and the whipped cream.
  • 3. Cut the top off each cupcake. Spread or pipe cupcakes with cheese mixture; replace tops. In a small saucepan, melt white baking chocolate with remaining cream over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature. Spoon over cupcakes; sprinkle with chocolate curls. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 cupcakes.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 786 calories, 48g fat (21g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

Reviews for Cannoli Cupcakes

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TinaQ User ID: 7490705 183437
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"This was simple and delicious. I followed the suggestion of making it a layer cake and my family LOVED it! Thank you for a great recipe."

kittyloves2bake User ID: 6744079 181809
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"My friend at work wanted some cupcakes for her daughter's birthday and did not want just plain ones so I made these for her and daughter to try. Wow, they loved them and some of my co-workers also. I am making them again for her daughter's birthday."

bhilgeman User ID: 1978123 182032
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Everyone fell in love with these delicious cupcakes. They are easy to make."

mojomo User ID: 4462613 183435
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Instead of making the cup cakes I placed the cake mix in a 9x13 pan and iced the cake once cooled with the topping...very good and more people could share the wonderful recipe."

Jinnylou User ID: 1215934 124809
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"If you love cannoli's, you will love this recipe.

I used dark chocolate curls and everyone loved it."

Donna Catanese User ID: 2686195 183434
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Cupcakes were very good. Cannoli filling was delicious. Yes, they were very sweet. Next time I will leave off the white chocolate topping."

dmgiblin User ID: 2150746 100003
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"So ElaineDL, this is your review? Telling us you think it sounds sweet and has too many calories? I don't need the desert police and I can actually READ the calorie count. To those that made these, would the cannoli cream be thick enough to use in an actual cannoli shell? Thanks"

buttery User ID: 5478783 114709
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Had family for New Year's Day and 8 granddaughters - they all "raved" about the cupcakes. Absolutely delicious!!"

ElaineDL User ID: 5615096 105383
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I haven't made it but it sounds terribly sweet and 786 calories for one muffin?"

todgham User ID: 3017602 114324
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Yes they are so good"

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