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Cannoli Cake - EASY Secret Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2011
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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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      2 years ago

      This sounds wonderful and easy! For the frosting, how much cool whip should I use to mix with the confectioners sugar? Thank you!!

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      Frannie Dee 

      5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      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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      Heather Rode 

      5 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 :)

    • Frannie Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Frannie Dee 

      6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

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

    • Frannie Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Frannie Dee 

      6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

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

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      Marie Hurt 

      6 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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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

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

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      7 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!

    • Frannie Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Frannie Dee 

      7 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

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

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 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

    • Frannie Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Frannie Dee 

      7 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

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

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      7 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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