Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week 51, January 19, 2015 ~ Cannoli Cupcakes

The end is near! This week I made a cannoli cupcake that I kind of have mixed feelings about. I think I could have done more with them. It made a vanilla cupcake that had some orange zest in it and then topped them with a cannoli filling whipped cream. I wish I had done one of 2 things, either filled the cupcakes with a chocolate ganache or with more of the cannoli filling. I then topped them with pistachios and chocolate chips--I wish I had used chocolate shavings instead. The whipped cream was really good though and definitely reminiscent of a cannoli! 

This recipe made 6 cupcakes- you could easily modify this to make more though!

For the cannoli cake:

  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C sugar 
  • 1/4 C butter, softened
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 t orange zest
  • 1 T powdered sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two muffin pans with cupcake wrappers; set aside.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. 
  3. In a different, larger bowl, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk. 
  4. Add in the ricotta cheese, orange zest, and powdered sugar to the wet ingredients and then add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into cupcake liners, 24 in total. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the muffin pans to a cooling rack. 
For the cannoli whipped cream:
  • 1/3 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup Ricotta cheese, strained slightly
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  1. Combine the mascarpone, ricotta, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the heavy cream and gradually increase the speed over a few seconds till on medium-high.  Slowly pour in the sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium-high until soft peaks form--this should not take more than a minute or 2...gradually lower the speed until you turn off the mixer.
  3. Frost and garnish with pistachios and chocolate chips.

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