Sunday, June 12, 2011

Italian Cannoli Birthday Cake with Strawberries Recipe


My son loves cannoli's maybe you remember this post of his Upstate NY Style Cannoli?


Happy Birthday Chad!
 Well today is my first born son, Chad's, 31st Birthday... It's so hard to believe it and strangely enough, I often wonder how I reached this age when I still feel his? Where does the time go, seriously!

So knowing how much he loves Cannoli, I decided to make him this cake! It's a great alternative to making the cannoli shells today and still homemade for a crowd pleaser, it quickly goes together too! Chad also loves anything with strawberries, so this cake is delicious, perfect for this warmer weather instead of being over that hot fryer.  Everything  goes together so simple and has all his favorites in one cake!

Starting out I decided to make a marble cake first... since he likes both chocolate and vanilla.

Batter for Marble Cake


3/4 cup butter, softenened
2 eggs
2 - 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. of almond extract
1 1/4 cups milk, half and half sour milk or buttermilk
1 cup of mini chocolate chip
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

After cake is cooked brush with:
1/4 cup marsala wine mixed with 1 tablespoon of butter
* Note :  Cannoli filling recipe to follow below make this while cake is baking and refrigerate till needed.

Mix the butter sugar together until light. Add flour, eggs,baking powder,baking soda, vanilla and milk. Beat till smooth, around three minutes, split batter into two bowls.

Add the unsweetened cocoa powder to one bowl mix well.

Grease a spring form pan, or you can use a bundt pan, a 13x9 sheet cake pan or two 8 inch pans using same method. Start with a small amount of vanilla cake batter on the bottom, add a dollop of chocolate batter in the center, swirl around with a knife. Do not stir. Bake at 350 for around 40 minutes till done, test with a toothpick if it comes out clean in the center. When cake comes out of the oven sprinkle with mini chips. Brush top of hot cake with melted butter and marsala wine.

** Cannoli filling.

2 cups whole milk Ricotta or use Homemade Ricotta Recipe
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon quick cooking tapioca
dash of cinnamon

 Spread cannoli filling over cooled cake, brushed with marsala mixture . Top entire cake with whipped cream.
 Optional: garnish with strawberries or other fresh fruit.

If making layers, spread filling between sliced layers, and proceed the same way.

55 comments:

Federica said...

Happy birthday to your son, dear.
The cake you have prepared for him is absolutely amazing. I'm mouthwatering :D! Bye bye, have a great Sunday

alison said...

happy birthday and happiness for your sun,claudia!the cake looks heavenly!

kankana said...

Happy birthday to Chad :) This is a great treat to celebrate the birthday ..looks so delicious!

Su said...

Happy birthday to Chad... You really don't look like you have a 31year old son.

That cake must be delicious and it looks fantastfic ;)

Belinda @zomppa said...

Happy birthday! I love this deconstructed cannoli cake!

Eating Deliciously said...

Happy birthday to your son! My hucsband loves cannoli's too. This cake will be perfect for his birthday later this month. Thank you!

Greg said...

Happy Birthday Chad!
This is a cake that I will never make, because I can see myself eating it. When my wife and I were in Milan, we bought cannoli's from the street vendors and they were so good. Pistachio and mini chocolate chips were our favorites. See Claudia I do eat non-healthy once in a while.

Katrina said...

Mmm, that cake does look de-licious!

Fausta said...

Happy birthday to you son.The cake must be delicious..
Bye have a great Sunday.

Kate@Diethood said...

I LOVE Cannolis!! This would make my day!
Happy Birthday to your Son!

Claudia said...

Happy birthday to Chad! Cannoli plus cake plus strawberries in the perfect summer celebration cake! Looks summer sensational!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Birthday to Chad!!! Can't believe that you have a 31-year-old son!
The cake looks really appealing and delectable!

Sharon said...

Happy birthday to your son, this cake looks so good, I want a piece right now. Great alternative to making cannolis and perfect for the summer.

Parsley Sage said...

I want this for my birthday! Fantastic cake :)

Angelina @ April Violet said...

Are you for hire.......
Someday Chris and I will get married. I have a huge sicilian family and we all would just melt over your dishes!
Your photgraphy is amazing if I could only just reach in the monitor and grab a taste.........

redkathy said...

Hi Claudia, It's amazing how time flies! My oldest will be 30 next year. Your cannoli cake is a great alternative to messing with the cannoli shells. Keeping this one for sure!

Reeni said...

Happy Birthday to Chad! Tell him to save me a piece of cake - Haha - looks heavenly!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Happy Birthday to your dear son...while I drool over these cakes!! I'm so ready for a bite of anyone cake, right now!! Hugs. FABBY

Dulce Dough said...

Happy Birthday to your son! What a yummy cake!

Ellie said...

I'm in love with this cake. I love cannolis. I never knew there was tappioca in the filling!! YUM!

Victoria said...

Happy birthday to Chad! Love the idea of turning cannolis into cake, definitely easier than frying up shells. My favorite part is the filling anyway, hehe.

FOODESSA said...

Claudia...this idea is brilliant.

Oh, how I would love a piece of that celebratory cake right now, especially since the afternoons always brings on the need for sweets ;o)

Happy belated B-Day Chad ;)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

lienmtitus said...

Happy Birthday to Chad!

I don't have marsala wine...what can I use to replace that?

Adora's Box said...

Happy birthday Chad! Any birthday celebrant would be happy if he had a cake like this. Love the marble cake. Love the filling even more.

April said...

What a creative idea! Hope you all had a great day :)

FamilySpice said...

YUM! Sounds amazing!

Eliotseats said...

Oh, my! This looks delicious. Hope you had a festive time!

Erin said...

What a great idea! This looks so good! Hope it was a great birthday!

Ann said...

Wow! That looks amazing!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Happy Birthday to your son! I have never actually had a cannoli, but have always wanted to. Your cake looks delish!

Anne said...

Happy Birthday to Chad! Claudia, you are such a good mom! That cake looks delish! : )

Chaya said...

I wish Chad had shared that delicious cake with us. I have a feeling, I could eat several pieces.

Happy Birthday Chad.

''Cucina di Barbara'' said...

Happy birthday! Lovely recipe!
barbara

flourtrader said...

The cake plus Cannoli idea is simply Genius! Chad is the lucky recipient here, I envy him--Buzz

Peggy said...

Happy Birthday to Chad! That cake looks so delicious and unique!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

This looks like an excellent birthday cake! Happy birthday to your son!

Lori Lynn said...

Happy Birthday Chad!
Fabulous cake!
LL

Parsley Sage said...

Hoping Chad is having a fantastic birthday...but how can he not with lovely treats like this. You've just made my husband feel like a birthday boy too. He loves this!

Krissy said...

Beautiful! One of my favorite cakes. I am addicted to the one Vacarro's serves up in Baltimore, now I can make my own at home. Can't wait to give this a try. And I love cakes that can stay in the pan you baked it in!!!

Sandra said...

C'mon, you have a son 31..no way!
I wouldn't give you more than 31, I thought you are my age, and I turned 31 in Feb.:))) really you look so young..
Your Cannoli look and sound like dessert that I would enjoy it very much..I love this recipe Claudia!!

Lizzy said...

Oh, Claudia!! This cake looks fabulous!!! What a great treat for your son~

briarrose said...

What a wonderful way to get that lovely cannoli flavor the easy way. :) This looks delicious.

Sandra said...

Hope Chad had a wonderful birthday. He surely had a yummy cake!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

Happy Birthday Chad! My daughter is 30 and you do just wonder where the time goes! Claudia, when I read this recipe, I felt that you are truly the queen of Italian desserts!

Magic of Spice said...

A very Happy Belated Birthday to Chad! Wow this is such a great idea for a cake...just beautiful!

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, Happy Birthday to your son! This is a beautiful cake for him. I am sure he was in bliss with this cake. I am glad that you still feel your sons age. I love the saying, "if you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be". Your cooking buddy, Catherine xo

Spicie Foodie said...

Happy Belated B-day to your son. How lucky is he to have a mom that makes him treats like this? Very indeed! Thanks for participating in the YBR & Have a great weekend !

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

A fantastic canoli is my favorite dessert. Ok, maybe one of my favorites because I am a true Tiramisu enthusiast. My mom used to make me a marble cake for my birthdays. This really takes me back. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!!

Amalia said...

Wow, this looks insanely delicious! I've never made a cannoli before, but I sure do want one now. I think making a cake is a better idea though! :) It looks amazing, I love your presentation.

Christine's Pantry said...

Happy birthday Chad! The cake looks amazing.

Kiri W. said...

I always, always asked for marble cake as my birthday cake, so I love that it's your base here! The cannoli topping sounds amazing :)

Cucina49 said...

I really want some of this--love that you used marble cake as the base. Looks like a perfect solution for getting the flavor of cannoli without the hassle of making all the shells.

janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...

Happy birthday to your son Chad, Claudia!! I know what you mean about the time flying. My oldest is closing in on 26 and I could swear it was just a little bit ago that I was holding a tiny curly headed baby. Now he is grown and married with 3 kids of his own and another on the way.

ON topic... I want this cake. Right now. In my tummy :-D

alana said...

I've never heard of canoli cake,but I like that idea!

Eliotseats said...

This might be the birthday cake I make for hubby this year.