Chocolate chip cannoli cupcake

Cupcakes get a makeover inspired by a classic Italian dessert.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cupcakes

350g plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
400g caster sugar
250ml oil
10ml vanilla essence
250g sour cream

For the chocolate chip cannoli cream

500g whole milk ricotta cheese
90g icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
90g mini semisweet Nestle Morsels

For the fresh whipped cream

500ml double cream
50g caster sugar
175g mini semisweet Nestle Morsels, for garnishing
For the cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line regular sized cupcake tins with 24 liners.

2) Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the oil and vanilla. Mix until incorporated. Add the sour cream. Mix until just incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and mix until just blended.

3) Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake until baked through and golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool completely.

For the chocolate chip cannoli cream:

In a mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the ricotta, icing sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for about 5 minutes. Stir in the mini Morsels.

For the whipped cream:

Beat the cream and sugar together in a mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment until the cream is whipped.

To assemble:

Using a small knife, cut on an angle directly into top of the vanilla cupcake in a circular pattern, staying within the perimeter of the top, removing the inside of the cupcake in one piece. Using a spoon or small scoop, fill the inside of the cupcake with chocolate chip cannoli cream. Place the top of the cupcake back on, putting a little pressure so that the top is pressed into the cream, holding it in place. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and garnish with mini Morsels.

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