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Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with Cannoli Filling

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  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Orange and chocolate are a match made in heaven and this dessert turns them into a cake with creamy cannoli filling.
by: Moogie
Updated Jun 9, 2015
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Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey's® cocoa or Hershey's® SPECIAL DARK cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • Juice of 1 Orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • The combined total of juice and water should be 1 cup

Ingredients for Cannoli Filling:

  • 1 (15 ounce) container Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese, strained
  • 3/4 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Ingredients or Chocolate Ganache:

  • 6 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream


  • 1
    Directions for Cake: Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease and flour two round cake pans.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat for a couple minutes until well combined. Stir in the orange zest. Add the boiling water, orange juice and stir. The batter will be thinner than you might expect. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before filling and frosting.
  • 3
    Directions for Cannoli Filling: Beat together the ricotta and sugar until smooth. Stir in the cinnamon, chocolate chips and candied orange peel.
  • 4
    Directions for Chocolate Ganache: Give the chocolate a coarse chop. Place the chocolate pieces in a bowl. Heat the cream, just to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until smooth.

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