Marvelous Cannoli Cake Recipe
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Marvelous Cannoli Cake Recipe

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A luscious, chocolate-studded cannoli filling separates the tender vanilla layers of this rich cake, which starts with a package mix. It’s best when served well chilled.—Antoinette Owens, Ridgefield, Connecticut
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package French vanilla cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 591 calories, 37g fat (15g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and extracts; stir in chocolate. In another bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, confectioners' sugar, milk and extracts on medium speed until creamy (do not overmix).
  3. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup filling. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining filling over top of cake to within 1 in. of edges. Frost sides and top edge of cake with 2 cups frosting.
  4. Press almonds into sides of cake. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Test Kitchen Tip:
  • We loved the flavor of the ricotta filling so much, in one test we doubled it and used the extra filling instead of the frosting. Either way, you'll have a cake that is sure to impress.
  • Originally published as Marvelous Cannoli Cake in Silver Dollar City 2010

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    gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256300
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

    "This dessert will be perfect for my dad's birthday coming up. Can't wait to try this recipe out!"

    vsmith8403 User ID: 8575215 253865
    Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

    "I made this cake for my fiance's bday as written. He really liked it, but I felt like their was just too many extracts used. The flavor of the rum and almond was too strong for my liking. If I had to make it again I'd either use way less or forgo the rum all together. My kids didn't really care for it either. I didn't have any problems with the frosting being runny. The marscapone cheese was delicious in the frosting. My favorite part of the cake! Needless to say after the first night of eating it, it sat in my fridge untouched until I threw it away days later. Probably won't make again, but IF I do I'll cut out a lot of the extracts."

    MaryGrace777 User ID: 6075612 246103
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

    "A bit of a challenge to put together but well worth the effort. It is as delicious as it looks."

    Kastnerm User ID: 8619765 245875
    Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

    "Geez people, why criticize when others give an alternative to some ingredients that you might not have or can't have?"

    krs0216 User ID: 8702190 241973
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

    "I made the recipe as written and had no issues. I wonder if the bakers that had issues with runny filling or frosting used low fat ingredients. I normally use skim or part skim ricotta when cooking, and used whole milk ricotta for this recipe. It was very good and easy to assemble."

    betskitchen User ID: 8490096 240389
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

    "Delicious and a nice presentation. I used chocolate cake in place of the vanilla and used only 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract in the filling. Not being a big fan of rum, I used just 1/4 teaspoon of the extract and cut the cinnamon in half as well. I was also unable to find mascarpone cheese so I made a whipped cream frosting instead. It turned out great -rich and flavorful and not too sweet."

    bosch1516 User ID: 5710658 229462
    Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

    "Has potential but the frosting needed cornstarch to thicken. It would not set on its own after hours to cool. The filling had far too much rum extract and cinnamon so it came out almost savory, both ingredients could be cut in half with slightly more sugar added. Otherwise, the recipe was sound."

    cmystyle User ID: 8257841 220425
    Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

    "Just made this cake. I am thinking it is going to taste great. Way too much frosting and too runny. I had to add more powder sugar and then had so much left over. I don't think there is any need for 1/4 cup milk. Maybe add some if needed. Can hardly wait to cut into it."

    GingerPoodle User ID: 8255274 220256
    Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

    "This cake is Marvelous. as is......please review cake as is ...that's what a review is all about . Not completely changing the recipe."

    Gluttongoose User ID: 8197461 216837
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

    "It seems as though a lot of people have had problems with the frosting being too runny., so I'll omit the milk when I make it. Not keen on nuts in cakes, so will use drained and sliced apricots, strawberries ,raspberries, blueberries and pineapple. I'm going to use Cointreau instead of essence. Just found this site, and thought all the baking would be from scratch, given the title. So I was very surprised to find that a boxed cake mix was used. I've tried a Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix before, but it was too soda tasting. So I think iI'll just make a plain sponge and add some orange zest to the mix and maybe cocoa. The picture looks very nice, but as people followed the recipe and still had problems i've only given 3 stars. Perhaps they should have mentioned to drain the cheeses in the recipe, then the frosting wouldn't be runny. You could always use the liquid to make some scones."

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