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Easy Cannoli Cake

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American


A cannoli cake recipe made in a baking pan, so it's easy to take to dinner parties and potlucks! Plus, it couldn't be easier because it uses store-bought pound cake, and only 6 ingredients in total!


  • 1 16 oz. "family size" store bought frozen pound cake (see notes)
  • 1 15 oz. container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 12 oz. bag mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar


  1. If your cake isn't frozen, place in the freezer.
  2. Place 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 90 seconds. Add 1 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Let sit for two minutes and then stir until the chocolate is all melted and the mixture is smooth. If the chocolate isn't melting all the way after stirring, microwave the mixture in 15 second increments until smooth, stirring in between. Place in the refrigerator.
  3. Place the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth. Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  4. Using an immersion blender or hand beaters, beat the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks. (If you are using an immersion blender, place the cream in a tall-sided container.) Add half of the whipped cream to the ricotta mixture and gently fold in. Then fold in the remaining whipped cream. Set cannoli filling aside.
  5. Cut the frozen pound cake into 1/4 inch slices using a serrated knife. Layer some of the cake pieces into an 8 x 8 inch pan so the bottom is completely covered in one layer of cake. Depending on the size and shape of the cake pieces, you may need to trim some of the pieces to fit. It's ok if the pieces overlap slightly. If they do, give them a gently press down into the pan.
  6. Add half of the cannoli filling on top of the bottom cake layer and spread it so the filling is even. Add another layer of cake to the top. If you see gaps between the filling and top layer of cake, gently press the cake pieces down so the cake adheres to the filling underneath. (If you are using an opaque baking pan and can't see the layers on the side, gently press the corners down just in case!)
  7. Repeat this process by adding the remaining filling and one more layer of cake on top.
  8. Retrieve the ganache from the fridge and stir until smooth. Pour all of the ganache over the top and smooth out with a spoon if necessary. Top with as many of the remaining mini chocolate chips as you like. Place in the fridge for a minimum of three hours. Cover the cake after it has been in the fridge for 15 minutes; this allows the ganache to firm up so the cover will be less likely to stick.


The brand I used is Sara Lee, and there will be some left over if you use the 16 oz. cake. If you can't find the 16 oz. pound cake, you can buy 2 regular size Sara Lee (10.75 oz) frozen pound cakes; you will have about half of the second one left over. Or, you can buy any pound cake or make your own. I used about 12 oz. of cake in total, but if you are buying a non-frozen cake of a different brand or making your own, buy a little extra to make sure you don't run out in case your cake is denser or you cut your slices thicker.

Keywords: cannoli cake, easy cannoli cake, no bake cannoli cake