Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 24th June 2011

I love my Italian Pastries and I love Gourmet Cupcakes (who doesn’t?)!  I decided to take the flavours and textures that I love from two of my favourite desserts, Cannoli Siciliani and Cupcakes and roll them into one amazing gourmet Cannoli Cupcake.  I filled moist Vanilla Cupcakes with creamy Chocolate Chip-Ricotta Cream.  I frosted with a light Marsala spiked Chocolate Whipped Cream.  And the pièce de résistance – I topped with a crispy mini Cannoli Siciliani.

A photo of 3 Cannoli Cupcakes placed in a row, one behind the other, decorated with tiny cannoli.

I knew I had a winning cupcake on my hands when all I could hear coming from the visiting group of teenage boys was “mmm”.  What a coincidence, the boys always seem to drop in for a visit when I’m baking.

A photo of mini cannoli used as a topping for Cannoli Cupcakes.

One of the boys was quick to say, “I wish my Mom would bake”.  His wish quickly transported me back to the time when I was working and trying to be everything to everyone, Mom, Wife, Housekeeper, Employee, and Taxi Cab Driver etc.  Finding the time to put on the baker’s hat was difficult.  It also instantly reminded me of the times I would put in extra hours so that I could buy my kids the latest gadget or designer jeans. Often times we think the material is what they need to be happy.  I wonder if in fact, what they really need is a batch of homemade cupcakes made lovingly from the heart?  (Is this wishful thinking on my part?)

A photo of Gourmet Cupcakes with mini cannoli.

When I was assembling my cupcakes the tiny cannolis were disappearing quicker than I could fill them.  I should’ve expected it because who could resist a tasty one-bite crispy-creamy treat?  Thankfully I made extra or I wouldn’t have had enough to decorate the cupcakes.

A photo of 6 Cannoli Cupcakes decorated with mini cannoli displayed on a dark wooden board.

I think the tiny cannoli was the best way to top the cupcake.  Perfect teases of what scrumptious flavours are to come.

A photo of Cannoli Cupcakes frosted with Marsala spiked Chocolate Whipped Cream.

I couldn’t be happier with the Vanilla Cupcakes; they were extremely moist, exactly what I want in a cupcake.  Unfortunately the task of hollowing out the centres of the cupcakes proved to be difficult because they were so moist.  I popped the cupcakes into the freezer for about a half hour just prior to hollowing and it made the task much easier.

A photo of Cannoli Cupcakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream and decorated with mini Cannoli displayed on multi coloured mini cupcake stands.

I chose to frost the cupcakes with a whipped cream frosting because it’s so light and also because I didn’t want a frosting that would compete with the creamy ricotta filling. I added ¾-teaspoon of Marsala and I found it provided just the right hint of tasty sweet wine.

A photo of Cannoli Cupcakes displayed on a white cake stand.

These cupcakes take a little extra time if you top with the mini cannoli but it’s definitely worth the effort. I was a little worried about my makeshift forms.  I thought for sure the aluminum foil was going to unravel once it hit the hot oil but thankfully, it didn’t. Please be very careful when handling the forms because they are extremely hot; they take a few minutes to cool down.

A photo of an Italian Dessert, Cannoli Cupcake frosted with Marsala spike Chocolate Whipped Cream and decorated with mini Cannoli Siciliani. F

With berry season in full swing I thought I would make some gourmet berry cupcakes for the upcoming long weekend.  They are the perfect treat to have on hand with teenagers in the house.  I spotted amazing Raspberry Cupcakes at Cannelle et Vanille and scrumptious Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes at Ezra Pound Cake. Thankfully we have teenagers in and out all the time because I would have a difficult time choosing between the two.  I think I’ll be baking both!

With strawberry season in full swing you may want to visit The Huffington Post or Endless Simmer and take a look through their post on 100 Ways to Use Strawberries.  Some of my favourite food sites, Bakers Royale, Bellalimento, Panini Happy, How Sweet It Is, Cafe Fernando, Cookin Canuck, Eat the Love, and Family Fresh Cooking, have been featured.  My recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Trifle was featured as well.  The post included so many creative ways to use these ruby gems.  I can’t wait to try some of the recipes featured.

A photo of a Cannoli Cupcake displayed on a pink, mini cupcake stand.

But for today, the kids are out for the day, the house is quiet, it’s time to pour myself a cup of coffee and indulge in a Cannoli Cupcake.  Aagh – The simple pleasures – does it get any better than this?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

A photo of 3 Vanilla Cupcakes.

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54 Responses to “Cannoli Cupcakes with Marsala-Chocolate Whipped Cream and Mini Cannoli”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    Oh wow, those are absolutely beautiful and they look delicious! It’s no wonder that the boys loved them
    :)

  2. Alexis Says:

    How creative is this?! Looks fantastic. We have to stop by sometime soon, I have a little something for you :)

  3. Tina@flourtrader Says:

    These are so lovely and elegant. Your Italian desserts are always awesome, so hungry visitors should be expected. I have bookmarked the cupcake recipe-I have yet to find one I like, so I will try this one.

  4. Julia Says:

    Beautiful. Those look delicious! Can’t wait to try them! And where did you get your cupcake plates? They’re gorgeous!

  5. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

    Wow…wow! These are definitely some special cupcakes, just amazing!

  6. Jeanette Says:

    Grace, these cupcakes are absolutely stunning – you are truly an artist. The extra tiny cannoli siciliani puts this treat over the top! You are a true talent!

  7. Grace Says:

    Jeanette you are too sweet – thank you!

  8. Grace Says:

    Julia those were a HomeSense find, I only bough four initially and I wish I would have bought more because I haven’t seen them there since.

  9. Grace Says:

    How was your trip Alexis? I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!!!

  10. Roxana GreenGirl Says:

    Hi Grace,
    looking at your cupcakes I totally forgot about my dietary restrictions. All i want right now is to dig into one cupcake. They look stunning and sound delicious.
    Thanks for sharing, hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend

  11. natalie Says:

    YOu did a fantastic job, these look amazing! And I bet they taste so so good. Once again you don’t seem to amaze me, you always are working on something, honestly these look great! 2 thumbs up!! I hope there are leftovers for taste tasting. I need to try some of these definitely. I am coming over, save me a couple! :) Yum yum!

  12. Sara Says:

    Oh my goodness! I have never been a cupcake fan but I think you just converted me. These are high class cupcakes.

  13. Hetalia fan 4 ever Says:

    the photos alone are enough to give me dieabites… *q*

  14. Carolyn Says:

    If I was a boy in your neighbourhood, you can bet I’d be dropping by your house frequently. VERY frequently. Yumminess.

  15. Cassie @ Bake Your Day Says:

    Those little mini cannoli are so adorable! The whole combination is awesome!

  16. Julia Says:

    Hmm…I guess I’ll look around, then. Thanks!

  17. Mi Vida en un Dulce Says:

    Looks delicious, so yummy, and your pictures are amazing. I think that an Italian touch on any recipe makes the difference.

  18. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Grace, these look fabulous! Each one of your desserts looks like you put so much time and love into it!

  19. Grace Says:

    Hey Julia I went online to see if I could find something similar. I found a site that stocks them. I will email you the link. Unfortunately they are a lot more expensive, I didn’t pay anywhere near the amount they are selling them for but maybe you can shop around online for a better price.

  20. Rasa Malaysia Says:

    Wow! These look incredible! Almost too good to eat, then again…

  21. Julia Says:

    Okay, thanks!!!!!

  22. Emily @ Life on Food Says:

    How wonderful! Cannolis are a favorite of my husband. We have a local Italian bakery right down the road. They make wonderful cannolis so I have never tried them myself. The cupcakes look so sophisicated. I feel like I would need to dress up to eat one. Yum!

  23. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    These are absolutely unbelievable! My husband and I fell in love with cannolis when we lived in New York and I would love to surprise him with these.

  24. Grace Says:

    Dara everyone loves the cannoli and when I first learned how to make them I was so surprised at how easy they were to actually make. I hope you try.

  25. Kate@Diethood Says:

    My jaw is on the floor… WOW! Beautiful job, Gracie… my mouth is watering.

  26. Grace Says:

    Thank you Kate!

  27. Suzie Says:

    These are incredibly beautiful and I’m sure they are equally scrumptious!!

  28. Sandie (Sandie's Bitchin' Kitchen) Says:

    Gracie,
    These are absolutely adorable and scrumptious looking!! Are you taking orders, cuz I could certainly use a couple! ;-)

  29. Amy Says:

    I thought these sounded delicious when I read the title, but now that I am looking at the photos and reading into what went into these I am very impressed! Beautiful cupcakes, and I love the addition of the cannoli on top to complete them! They are over the top :)!

  30. Grace Says:

    Thank you Amy – a little added effort with these but definitely worth every bite.

  31. Jenn@eatcakefordinner Says:

    What a creative cupcake. They sound decadent!

  32. kitchenarian Says:

    Beautiful job. These look amazing. Congrats on Top 9 – well deserved.

  33. Ryan Says:

    Grace your recipes never cease to amaze, maybe with 20 years of practice I could manage to make one of these!!

  34. Grace Says:

    Ryan you have to try one recipe – please! Believe me they are not that difficult. It would be a fun afternoon activity to do with the boys.

  35. Marly Says:

    Ooh, I wish I could have seen one of these from the inside. I bet they were delicious! I agree with you – sometimes we work hard to provide our kids with so many things when really what they want is time…and cupcakes!

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  37. Jan Says:

    The cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous cupcakes! They look so tasty.
    I can’t wait to make these for my family. I hope mine turn out as good as yours. Great cupcake recipe!!

  38. Grace Says:

    I’m sure they will Jan! Thanks

  39. marla Says:

    Grace, these are so pretty & I love the tiny cannoli’s!

  40. Aggie Says:

    wow, what a delicious looking cupcake!! I love the little toppers, you are right, they are a little tease of what’s to come! Cannolis are my favorite Italian dessert, I wish I could try one of your cupcakes!

  41. Irislily Says:

    Hi Grace, those are fabulous! I have a quick question for you though… What type of marsala do you use? The dry or the sweet one?

  42. Grace Says:

    For the shells it is sweet marsala but you could also use sweet vermouth and for the whipped cream, sweet marsala.

  43. Heather Says:

    Hi Grace. Thank you so much for the marvelous posts on this blog! I found your site in August when searching out Italian cakes. Made the cupcakes for my dad’s 90th birthday…they were Fantastic! I cheated and purchases cannolis from a local bakery that does a fantastic job too. Infortunately I overwhipped the cream and in desperation had to make a quick buttercream that I doctored up with the Marsala and cocoa. It worked! Now I am wondering if you have ever used the cupcake recipe in a layer cake and if so if you had to make any adjustments?

  44. Grace Says:

    Thanks Heather. Don’t worry I cheat on occasion too in fact I did last week. My favourite bakery has reopened and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a few cannoli too. I’ve never used this batter for a layer cake but I think it would be fine without any adjustments. You should get 2 8-inch layers. It’s quite moist, once cooled completely I would chill the cake in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes before cutting it into layers. Chilling it will make it much easier to get a straight cut. I love these cupcakes, one of my favourites. I’m so happy you enjoyed them Heather.

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  47. coco Says:

    yummyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Ang Says:

    I think I put on weight just reading this article – they look amazing!

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  50. Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden Says:

    Hi Grace! I must say it – Your recipes is just perfect! I’m talking about here of your post structure!There is so many information – just every detail about preparing process! And pictures are just breathtaking! Excellent job! I will showsace these cupcakes on my blog! Bye

  51. cheryl Says:

    just made the cupcakes and they taste really good. a little hard to handle (moist) but i didnt let them cool too long. do they firm up?

  52. Grace Says:

    Hi Cheryl they do firm up a bit but they are extremely moist.

  53. Brooks Says:

    Grace, This photo stopped me dead in my browsing tracks over on G+…had to click over for a closer look. I can’t begin to put into words how delectable these cupcakes look, but I’ll say the execution is spot on! My desire to taste one leaves me inspired.

  54. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thanks Brooks, this is one of my favourite recipes.

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