Cannoli Cake is the answer for anyone craving a delicious dessert that tastes like its Italian namesake. Only this dolce is better, much better. Rich creamy ricotta cheese with mini-chocolate chips fills the three layers of sponge cake. Sweetened whipped cream frosts the cake. And finally, a chocolate glaze with chocolate dipped strawberries embellish this sumptuous dessert.
An ultimate cannoli request
“I’m looking for the ultimate cannoli,” says our daughter, Shelley.
“What are you going to do when you find it?” I ask.
She smiles and says, “Savor every bite.”
Well, we certainly can’t resist that request. Honey and I find a “5-star” recipe and we order some cannoli tubes from Amazon. On cannoli day we’re ready to roll, the dough that is.
A dough problem
Everything goes along smoothly until we’re ready to fry.
It’s the dough ends. They just won’t hold together around the tubes. When we put them in the hot oil they pop apart.
To make matters worse, the shells don’t fry up crispy and blistered. They come out misshapen with huge boils under the crust.
They are downright ugly. Our one and only attempt at making cannoli turns out an abysmal failure.
Sponge cake is a breeze
This year Easter dinner is at our house. We have the menu but we don’t have a dessert. I start looking at magazines and cookbooks for inspiration.
It hits me! What’s more Italian than cannoli? How about a sponge cake with a ricotta cheese chocolate filling?
Classic sponge cake is an easy dessert to make, it’s almost fail-proof. This type cake is a versatile base that you can dress up with a fancy filling or serve it sliced with fresh berries and topped with whipped cream.
Putting the cannoli cake together
The sponge cake bakes in a 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom. You have to invert the tube pan over a the neck of a glass bottle so that the cake can cool.
We think the filling should be sweetened ricotta with mini chocolate chips and the frosting be sweetened whipped cream.
At this point, the cake looks pretty good but a bit plain. Aha!! The cake needs chocolate on top, and chocolate dipped strawberries. Perfect!
The cannoli cake with whipped cream frosting and chocolate dipped strawberries was a huge success. This is a special dessert for a special occasion.
Tutti a tavola è pronto!
Un caro saluto e alla prossima.
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