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Cannoli Cupcakes

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
  • Makes
    8 cupcakes


  • 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


  • 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 in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 786 calories, 48g fat (21g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • TinaQ
    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
    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
    Dec 17, 2011

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

  • mojomo
    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
    Feb 9, 2011

    If you love cannoli's, you will love this recipe.I used dark chocolate curls and everyone loved it.

  • Donna Catanese
    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
    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
    Jan 3, 2011

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

  • ElaineDL
    Jan 3, 2011

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

  • todgham
    Dec 27, 2010

    Yes they are so good