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Chocolate Cannoli Cake Recipe

Chocolate Cannoli Cake Recipe

Hints of orange and coffee lend standout flavor to Mary Bilyeu's elegant Chocolate Cannoli Cake. “A variation of this cake was a finalist in the ‘Best Cake in Michigan’ contest,” she writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. You’ll be shocked that something so good has just 8 g of fat per serving!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings


  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the egg white, ricotta cheese, sugar, coffee and orange peel. Stir in chocolate chips; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the first eight batter ingredients; beat until well blended. Combine the flours, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • 3. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with heaping tablespoons of ricotta mixture; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 213 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Reviews for Chocolate Cannoli Cake

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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 102946
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"This cake was just a little too moist and the ricotta mixture sank to the bottom. Weird."

miserybiz29 User ID: 6110175 173692
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"the family loved it!!! personally, i thought the smell was quite odd however"

quills User ID: 3308248 111858
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"This was very easy to make. I substituted Kahlua for the coffee and it was delicious! My whole family really likes this cake. Next time I will add some chocolate chips and walnuts to the cake batter."

Mickey1200 User ID: 5771938 173690
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"The cake is better a day or two later. Wonderfully moist. I added some icing made of lemon juice and powder sugar and drizzled on top. It's a keeper."

mamarlow1 User ID: 215880 172320
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This is delicious and so easy to make."

wich20 User ID: 3906599 104024
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"I made this cake this week and it is delicious. I will make it again."

nannyto15 User ID: 1591097 171113
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious! I made it a second time and used equal amts the reg. flour and the whole wheat flour with great results!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 172240
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"This cake was just too rich for us. I substituted Kahlua for the coffee in the ricotta mixture, so maybe that is what made it too rich. I will not be making this again."

pooh-ann User ID: 5764633 173689
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Thank you for the suggestions to use instead  of the orange zest and orange juice.  I can't wait to make this cake"

doxie9 User ID: 1088060 173688
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"I just made this, and could not wait for it to cool..... and boy.. what a wonderful surprise.. This cake is easy and good.."

Netizen User ID: 4154355 85867
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"Cherry juice would probably work, too, if you wanted an additional flavor."

Netizen User ID: 4154355 85496
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I don't like orange zest in things either. Orange juice, meh. You could probably use apple juice. That wouldn't over power other flavors. Otherwise skim milk would probably work, too."

dokey347 User ID: 5553819 172238
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I wanted to thank Lynette for the idea of using Kahlua instead of coffee. That sounds like a good idea!"

pooh-ann User ID: 5764633 160210
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I would like to make this cake but I am not a big fan of orange zest or orange juice in recipes is there something else that I could use instead of that?"

MichelleChadmeir User ID: 2924406 156440
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I made this cake for a dinner party with friends. Everyone absolutely loved this incredibly moist cake. Within the week, I made 2 more cakes ... one to bring to work, where it got rave reviews and one for my 18-year-old son who requested a full cake for himself. This coming from the kid who does not usually care for chocolate! He ate the entire cake himself within a three-day period."

Lynnette Olson User ID: 5785609 85369
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I made this delicious recipe but changed one ingredient. I used Kahlua in place of the coffee. We took it to my in-laws and got rave reviews. I would definitely make this again. It is now in my book of family recipes. Easy to make and delicous!!!"

hofriedman User ID: 5314916 111852
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Came out great. Everyone loved it!"

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