Cannoli Cake Roll

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 1 hr. 25 min.
Creamy ricotta and candied fruit fill this cake roll. Whimsical pinwheel slices look delightful on their plates.


  • 6 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar (or lemon juice)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup ground unsalted pistachio nuts (or almonds)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar, sifted
  • Filling1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped mixed candied fruit (such as cherries, pineapple, and orange peel)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Heat oven to 400°F. Coat a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch pan with cooking spray. Line bottom with waxed or parchment paper; spray paper.
  • Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in mixer bowl with whisk attachment on high speed until foamy. Beating constantly, add 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar, 2 Tbs at a time, beating after each addition until sugar is dissolved before adding the next. Continue beating until whites are glossy and stand in soft peaks.
  • Beat egg yolks in clean mixer bowl on high speed until thick and lemon-colored, 3–5 minutes. Gradually beat in remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar until pale yellow and sugar is dissolved. Beat in vanilla and salt.
  • Mix nuts and flour in small bowl; sprinkle evenly over egg whites. Add yolk mixture. Fold gently but thoroughly until color is uniform and no streaks of white remain. Do not stir. Pour into prepared pan; spread even.
  • Bake in 400°F oven until center springs back when lightly tapped with finger, 10–12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle clean kitchen towel with powdered sugar. Loosen cake from sides of pan with knife. Invert cake onto towel; carefully peel off waxed paper. Trim all cake edges with serrated knife. Roll up cake, starting from short end and rolling towel in with cake. Cool wrapped cake roll, seam-side down on wire rack.
  • Combine filling ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Carefully un-roll cooled cake; remove towel. Spread evenly with filling; re-roll cake. Refrigerate, covered and seam-side down.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 188
  Calories from Fat 63 (34%)
(11%) Total Fat 7g
(13%) Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(38%) Cholesterol 114mg
(7%) Sodium 160mg
(5%) Potassium 168mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
(3%) Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 19g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(16%) Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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