Recipe courtesy of Christina Day
Show: Cupcake Wars
Episode: Comedy Cupcakes
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Cannoli Cupcakes with Ricotta and Cream Cheese Frosting
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
1 hr 20 min
Yield:
24 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
1 hr 20 min
Yield:
24 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Cupcakes: 
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • 3/4 cup canola oil 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 
  • Zest of 1 orange 
Ricotta Cheesecake:
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Pistachio Crust:
  • 2/3 cup roasted, ground pistachios 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
Ricotta Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter 
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups powdered sugar 

Directions

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line muffin pans with paper liners.

Sift the cake flour, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs. Slowly add the sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the orange zest.

For the cheesecake: In the bowl of an electric mixer, place the cream cheese and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the ricotta and granulated sugar and beat until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the cornstarch. Add the eggs one at a time and beat in. Add the mini chocolate chips and vanilla until everything is beaten in smoothly.

For the crust: In small bowl, combine the pistachios, butter and granulated sugar.

To assemble: Put 2 teaspoons of the pistachio crust into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Pour a heaping 1/4 cup batter over the top of the crust. Put the cheesecake mixture into a piping bag and fill up the rest of the cupcake liner until it is a little past three-quarters full. Bake, 17 to 19 minutes. When cool enough to handle, transfer the cupcakes to a sheet pan and place in the fridge while you prepare the frosting.

For the frosting: In an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy and all the lumps have disappeared. Beat in the ricotta and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until combined.

Frost each cupcake with the ricotta cheese frosting.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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