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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 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 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 182032
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

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

mojomo 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 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 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 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 114709
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

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

ElaineDL 105383
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

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

todgham 114324
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Yes they are so good"

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