I wanted to make a special treat for my granddaughter for her birthday this week and decided on Cannoli Cupcakes. Oh my goodness, or rather,
Holy Cannoli, Batgirl!!
You can see, from my granddaughter’s reaction, these are the something special that I had hoped for! I could tell, evidenced by her wide eyed expression, that she agreed! First bite heaven! These are soooooooooooo good was her reaction!
As always, there are many variations to any recipe that you are looking for online, as was the case when searching for cannoli cupcakes. For the filling, I started with a combination of two very different recipes and ended up with a third, my own. Once again, I am surprised that I hadn’t tried a recipe, that is so delicious, yet ! It is so fun to surf the web (do we still say that?) and find something else that I can add to my ‘favorites file’.
Hmmm…. regarding ‘surfin’ the web’; no we don’t say that! No, now we ‘browse’, with our browser. Why didn’t we surf, with our surfer? And we tweet with our Twitter? Why don’t we tweet with our Tweeter? Are we twits? Well, I am never in the know or up to date on the slang of the day! I am still saying ‘groovy’! Why change or depart from such groovy times and groovy things? And, by the way (getting back to cupcakes and birthdays), cannoli cupcakes and granddaughters and birthdays…are all groovy! Just sayin’! Oh, wait, that is current slang, I think! I may have to browse for ‘the idiom guide for idiots’! OK, I digressed, just a bit, from the original theme. But, hey, I was surfin’ and caught the wave!
Here are some of the steps in making the cannoli cupcakes…
Bake cupcake of choice, vanilla or chocolate. I made a vanilla cupcake. After cupcakes are cool, cut the center/core of cupcake out by using an apple corer or a sharp knife. To cut the core with a knife; insert at an angle and cut in a circular motion. Save the piece that is cut out to use as a topper. Then make the cannoli filling (see instructions below), fill the center of the cupcake, place topper back on and frost the cupcakes and add a garnish of mini chocolate chips and sprinkles.
The two cannoli filling recipes that were my inspiration…
And here is what I came up with…
Vee’s Cannoli Filling
- 16 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/4 c. softened butter
- 8 oz. softened cream cheese
- 3.5 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 t. cinnamon
- 1 pint whoopin’ cream, whooped (last post – it’s what Aunt B says). The addition of the whoopin’ cream makes the filling sooooo good!
- 3/4 c. mini semi sweet chocolate chips (more if you like)
Beat the first 6 ingredients together until creamy and pudding-like consistency. Add a bit more powdered sugar if needed. In a separate bowl; whoop the whoopin’ cream until stiff peaks form (whoop it good). Fold whoopin’ cream into the ricotta mixture and then fold in mini chocolate chips. Add mini chocolate chips to 1/3 of the mixture in a separate bowl.
And here we see the final result…
HOLY CANNOLI BATGIRL’!!
Another Birthday, granddaughter…
How did time go by so quickly?
How did you grow up so fast?
and another look at the past.
Blessings of the year passed
continue and remain,
the year ahead will unfold quickly;
hope for sunshine
more than rain
you are more than you know.
This year… learn all that you can;
laugh, smile, grow,
and this day, next year…
we will do this again!
May your triumphs be many and your challenges few,
Be blessed today, tomorrow and simply be you!!
Catch a Wave,
You’ll Be Sittin’ On Top of The World,
It’s just so GROOVY up there!
~ Grandma ~