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Posted to Thread #11571 at 3:00 am on Aug 3, 2008

Cannoli Cake

Recipe By :Sally Sampson

Ingredients for cake:
6 large eggs -- separated
1 large egg yolk
1 pinch salt
1 cup sugar -- plus
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cold water
1 orange -- finely grated zest of
Ingredients for filling:
125 grams cream cheese -- softened
225 grams ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier -- (optional)
1 teaspoon Frangelico -- (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips

powdered sugar -- for dusting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and grease and flour a 9 or 10-inch springform pan.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and add the pinch of salt. Beat whites until foamy. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue beating the whites while gradually adding 1 cup of the sugar. You want the whites to beat into soft peaks (donít overbeat). Set aside.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg yolks with remaining 1/3 cup sugar, the flour, the baking powder, the vanilla and almond extracts and the cold water until smooth. Add the orange zest. The mixture might appear stiff or very thick but donít worry.

Gently fold in the egg whites until you have a well mixed batter.

Spoon the batter into the springform pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 35 minutes. The top of the cake will be golden and it will spring back when pressed.

Remove the cake to a wire rack and cool completely before releasing the cake from the springform pan.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, the ricotta, the Nutella, the Grand Marnier and Frangelico (if using), until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar and then stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

Carefully divide the cake into two equal layers. Set the bottom layer on your cake tray or serving plate. Spread the filling over the cake bottom. If itís a bit loose, refrigerate the cake bottom for about 10 minutes to firm up the filing. Top the filling with the second layer of the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Just before serving, dust the cake with icing sugar.

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