This year Mike requested that I make one of his favorite cakes, Cannoli Cake. I usually only make it around Christmas time to share with family but he insisted I make it for his birthday. Well your wish is my command! Happy Birthday babe!!!
I wonder if I’ll have to make it again for Christmas? hehe
The cannoli cream filling is actually really easy to make! I’ve definitely perfected how to make it just right with using 3 cups whole milk ricotta (strained overnight for extra liquid), 1 cup sifted confectioner’s powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 3 ounces of mini chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate that has been chopped up.
Combine the ricotta cheese and powdered sugar with a hand mixer and combine. Add in the cinnamon. Mix in the chocolate and place in the fridge for an hour to let it thicken up. I chopped my bittersweet chocolate in the food processor, so easy.
You can add pistachios and orange zest as well. Mike ONLY likes the chocolate but I can guarantee it will taste even better with those extra add-ins. You can use this as a cake filling, pancake/waffle topper, toast, homemade cannoli shells and whatever else you can think of. I prefer spoonfuls. ;) I did double the recipe for the cake because we like a lot of extra cannoli cream. I do have a cannoli filling recipe that I’ve made that is slightly different with the addition of vanilla extract and pistachios. And how about a Mexican Cannoli?