Marvelous Cannoli Cake

Servings: 12 servings

A luscious, chocolate studded cannoli filling separates the tender vanilla layers of this rich cake.



Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Cool for 10 mins. before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and extracts; stir in chocolate. In another bowl, beat the Mascarpone cheese, confectioners' sugar, milk and extracts until smooth; cover and refrigerate filling and frosting until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup filling. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining filling over top of cake to within 1 in. of edges. Frost sides and top edge of cake with 2 cups frosting. Press almonds into sides of cake; pipe remaining frosting around edges. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Refrigerate until serving.