This cannoli poke cake is as easy to make as it is delicious. You will have everyone begging to sneak tastes before dinner is done!
Let’s take a moment to just admire how delicious this cake is. It’s a combination of the fluffiest vanilla cake ever and the best cannoli you’ve ever had, and I don’t think anything could come close to be as amazing as this cannoli poke cake.
I have to be honest with you. Before I made this cannoli poke cake, I never made one before. In fact, I didn’t even know what it was until a few years ago when I first got into food blogging.
Fun Fact: poke cakes were invented in the 1970’s as a way to sell more Jell-O. This is why the more traditional poke cake recipes use Jell-O.
Of course, I see so many different fillings in poke cakes today. Pudding, caramel, pie filling, and so much more. So, I thought something similar to cannoli filling would be so much fun to use.
I originally wanted to make an actual cannoli filling to pipe into the holes of the cannoli poke cake. Instead, I opted for something that was more of a pudding texture to add even more moisture into the cake. To do this, I thinned out the ricotta with a bit of sweetened condensed milk, which gave it sweetness while also giving it the perfect consistency.
For the topping, I made whipped cream where I folded in more of the filling to carry on that cannoli flavor. The best part is that there aren’t that many bowls needed to do this because you can leave the leftover cannoli filling right in your mixer and add the whipping cream to it. It’ll still whip up to the perfect consistency!
This cannoli poke cake is a cinch to make. First you start off with your favorite vanilla cake recipe — mine is below. Then you mix up the filling and the topping and you are done! It’s ready to eat immediately!
I do like to let mine sit in the refrigerator for a minute or two so the moisture of the filling permeates through the cake, but it’s not really needed. The cake is already beautifully moist and perfect on its own.
If you want to take this cannoli poke cake up a notch, you can take a few cannoli shells and crush them on top of the topping along with the mini chocolate chips.
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