Cannoli Cake - EASY Secret Recipe

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If you are a fan of cannoli, you will thank me for sharing the secret of making a great cannoli filling. Cannoli cake is the traditional "special occasion" cake most Italian families use to celebrate and it is especially loved by children of all ages. The bakery cake is very expensive though. If you want to treat your family to a special desert that mimics the bakery cake, here's how...

Yellow Box Cake - purchase any yellow box cake and follow the directions for two layers. Cool and take the layers out of the pans to rest. (Note: If you have a good recipe for yellow cake layers, by all means use it here.)


  • 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients but chocolate chips until smooth (may use food processor or mixer). Fold in chocolate chips, cover bowl and place filling in refrigerator until cake cools and you are ready to assemble.

To assemble the cake merely turn the first layer upside down, place it on a platter and spread the filling to but not over the edge of this cake layer. Place the second layer over the first layer right side up.

Before serving, take whipped cream or cool whip and add about 3 tablespoons of confectioners sugar to it. Frost the cake with this confection and serve.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

You had me at Canolli! We have many Italian bakeries around us that make Cassata cakes. I have never tried to make it before but with this recipe it is a definite on my list. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I am bookmarking it for future use!

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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Thanks cardelean. You can use this to fill canolli shells or chocolate cake as well.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I'm not surprised to read Cardelean's comments. (she's my daughter, LOL) I've bookmarked it as well.

We'll see who makes the recipe first, LOL

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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Hi Denise, good luck to both you and your daughter, let me know who wins!

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lindiesl 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

So happy I stumbled upon this. I keep seeing this canolli cake online and no bakeries around my area offer this, so I wanted to make one. This sounds perfect. Thanks!

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wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

Sounds delicious and fairly easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Wow, I had no idea there was such a thing as a canolli cake. That sounds so yummy. The best part of a canolli is the filling. I imagine all kids and adults just love that cake!

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Frannie Dee 3 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

wabash annie...It' fun to make and everybody will love it!

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Frannie Dee 3 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

truthfornow....You are absolutely, adults, everybody loves Cannoli Cake!

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Heather Says 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Pinning this for later. I'd make it now but don't have all the ingredients! can't wait to try it. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for such an awesome recipe :)

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Frannie Dee 2 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Thanks to Heather and all who have pinned. Now this is my number one Hub! Quite a surprise...I guess there is something in keeping it simple afterall!

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