Chocolate Cannoli Cupcakes

Chocolate Cannoli Cupcakes

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been crazy about Italian food this past week. I’ve posted several Italian foods and I still have traditional spaghetti and meatballs coming up soon. The more I eat Italian food the more I love it. The flavors, the elegance, the simplicity, the chocolate. Love. It. All. I was joking to my husband that we should just get up and move to Italy for a year. Wouldn’t it be dreamy though?

When creating these I wanted to include the traditional flavors of cannoli while adding in a luscious chocolate flavor throughout each layer. I’ve posted these in the a more traditional cannoli version – with a vanilla cupcake and white cannoli filling, which inspired me to try a chocolate version too. Because chocolate makes everything better right? I actually think they are a tie, I like this version and the other equally. Different cupcakes for different moods I guess. Or even better make them both and have one of each flavor :). In the ingredients for this recipe I’ve listed that you could add varying amounts of the cocoa – basically if you are more of a milk chocolate lover go with less, dark chocolate lover go with more. Whatever you do just make them soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk ricotta cheese, strained as needed
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (I'd add a bit more sugar if going with 2 Tbsp cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp cocoa powder, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp chopped, roasted unsalted pistachios
Read the whole recipe on Cooking Classy