Cannoli Crepe Cake

Last night was the cast party for the show I’m working on. It’s always a great time when everyone can get together and just hang out after a performance. One of the many things I love about doing theater is how the cast and crew bond so much through the rehearsal process and performances. Anyway, I volunteered to make something sweet for the occasion and I came up with this show stopping cannoli crepe cake! First, I made the crepe batter so it could rest.

Crepe batter is so easy to make with no special equipment needed! I let it rest for 30 minutes so the gluten in the flour could relax. It made the cannoli crepe cake so tender!
The crepe batter was so easy to make with no special equipment needed! I let it rest for 30 minutes so the gluten in the flour could relax. It made the cannoli crepe cake so tender!

While the batter rested, I quickly made the cannoli cream filling and the frosting.

The secret to this cannoli cream is using both mascarpone and ricotta cheese. Oh my goodness, it is luscious perfection as the filling in the cannoli crepe cake!
The secret to this cannoli cream was using both mascarpone and ricotta cheese. Oh my goodness, it was luscious perfection as the filling in the cannoli crepe cake!
This shiny ganache was a cinch to make in the microwave! It provided the flavor for the chocolate buttercream frosting.
This shiny ganache was a cinch to make in the microwave! It provided the flavor for the chocolate buttercream frosting.
I used my stand mixer to quickly finish the chocolate buttercream frosting. It was only 4 ingredients!
I used my stand mixer to quickly finish the chocolate buttercream frosting. It was only 4 ingredients!

The batter was rested by that point, so it was time for some crepe making! Now, I am usually not one for super specialized kitchen equipment. For my beloved crepes, I make an exception. I love my crepe pan.

Crepe pans are fantastic, but a large and shallow non-stick skillet would have also done the trick in a pinch
Crepe pans are fantastic, but a large and shallow non-stick skillet would have also done the trick in a pinch. I needed six crepes for this recipe and ended up with seven. There may or may not have been a crepe with nutella midnight snack situation later.

With all of the components in place, it was time to bring the cannoli crepe cake together!

Four layers in and I was starting to get very excited about this cannoli crepe cake.
Four layers in and I was starting to get very excited about this cannoli crepe cake.

After it was all layered, I frosted the cannoli crepe cake gently so that I wouldn’t tear the crepes. Then I just finished it off with extra chocolate shavings and mini chocolate chips on top!

The cannoli crepe cake was ready for its close up at the cast party!
The cannoli crepe cake was ready for its close up at the cast party!

I was so relieved that it all came together fairly quickly and easily. Otherwise I was stopping at the store for cookies since there was no time to make anything else, ha! It was so decadent and definitely a hit at the party. I loved that it combined two of my great food loves…crepes and cannoli! Always keep life delicious, friends. xoxo

Cannoli Crepe Cake
Cannoli Crepe Cake
5 from 1 vote
Cannoli Crepe Cake
Cannoli Crepe Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This cannoli crepe cake is such a show stopper! Luscious cannoli cream gets layered between tender crepes and frosted with chocolate buttercream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cannoli Crepe Cake, Crepe Cake
Servings: 1 cake
Calories: 570 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
FOR THE CREPES
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1/2 stick butter melted, for after the batter rests
  • 1 dash canola oil for the pan
FOR THE CANNOLI CREAM
  • 1 container ricotta cheese 15 ounce size
  • 1 container mascarpone cheese 8 ounce size, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips plus additional for topping the cake
FOR THE FROSTING
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 sticks butter softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • shaved chocolate as needed for topping the cake
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the crepe batter. Whisk the flour, cinnamon and salt together in a large mixing bowl to aerate them. In another bowl, thoroughly whisk the milk and eggs together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk it all together until a smooth batter forms. Cover the bowl and set it aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to rest.
  2. While the batter rests, prepare the cannoli filling. Combine the ricotta, mascarpone, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip it all together thoroughly. Add the chocolate chips and gently fold them in with a spatula. Set the filling aside covered in the refrigerator.
  3. Prepare the frosting next. Combine the chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for a minute to a minute and thirty second, until the chocolate is melted completely. Stir it together to become a shiny, easy ganache. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip it up with the paddle attachment until it is fluffy. Pour the ganache in and let it get completely beaten into the butter. Slowly pour in the powdered sugar with the mixer on low speed until the gorgeous frosting forms. Set the frosting aside.
  4. It's now time to make the crepes! Take the batter out and whisk the melted butter into it. Heat the canola oil in a 10 inch, shallow non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium high heat. Pour 3/4 of a cup of the batter into the center of the pan and swirl it around to completely coat the bottom of the pan. Let the crepe cook on the first side for about 2 minutes, then flip it to do the same on the other side. Repeat this process with the rest of the batter until you have 6 crepes. This recipe can actually yield 7, but I made an insurance policy of one possibly tearing, falling apart, burning, and all other manner of crepe catastrophes. Fill the extra with nutella for a treat! Set the crepes aside and let them cool completely for a few minutes.
  5. Once they are cooled, it's time to assemble the cake! Put the first crepe on a cake stand and scoop three or four huge spoonfuls of the cannoli cream onto it. Spread it out evenly and add the next crepe on top of it. Press it down to make the layers really adhere to each other. Repeat until all of the layers are formed, finishing with the sixth crepe on top. Gently frost the cake with an offset spatula on top and around the sides. Sprinkle the shaved chocolate and lots of extra mini chocolate chips on top. Slice and serve immediately! It will also keep in the refrigerator for a day, so it's great for making ahead.
Nutrition Facts
Cannoli Crepe Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 265
% Daily Value*
Fat 29.4g45%
Saturated Fat 17.8g111%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 448mg19%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 66.8g22%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 59.4g66%
Protein 11.8g24%
Calcium 225mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This cannoli crepe cake is such a show stopper! Luscious cannoli cream gets layered between tender crepes and frosted with chocolate buttercream. #cake #dessert #cannoli #crepes #cannolicrepecake #jeanieandluluskitchen

10 thoughts on “Cannoli Crepe Cake”

  1. How did you have any batter left to make the finished product? The temptation to eat everything looks so great! What a beautiful and delicious-looking dessert!

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