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Robicelli's Dom DeLuise Cupcakes

By • October 14, 2013 • 35 Comments

All this week, our friends Allison and Matt from Robicelli's will be sharing recipes from their cookbook Robicell's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: The story of how the Robicellis fell for each other -- thanks, in part, to cannoli. 

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The Dom DeLuise is our cannoli-inspired cupcake, which was really a “must” for us for reasons beyond the fact that we’re from southwest Brooklyn. In the weeks after we first met, I told myself the reason I thought about Matt a thousand times a day was because for the first time ever, I had a friend who was as obsessed with food as I was. It absolutely wasn’t because we were both madly in love with each other, as every person who knew both of us had already figured out. I’m not that smart. Sue me. One day I learned we were both off from work and decided to go out and buy him a bunch of my favorite foods “just because.” I showed up at his house with a huge bag of antipasto, a pan of chicken parmigiana, and a box of my favorite dessert cannoli. We ate nearly everything I brought while hanging out on the couch and watching old episodes of Full House. (How in God’s name did I not realize I was in love with this guy? Al, you are so, so stupid.) 

While I was oblivious, Matt wasn’t. I’ll let him tell you the next part.

Matt says: "I didn’t actually have a day off -- I was taking a sick day because I had a stomach virus, but I didn’t have the heart to tell Al that when she showed up. I still ate all the food she brought: the dried sausage, the oil-cured olives, the sharp provolone, the cannolis. I was running upstairs every twenty minutes “to check on the dog,” but in reality, I was throwing up. I knew that I was crazy about Allison the moment I laid eyes on her. But at some point while lying there on the cold tile floor with my head inside a toilet, I realized that this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. For one thing, she somehow psychically knew to bring me chicken parmigiana, which is my favorite food of all time. Two, she also had an encyclopedic knowledge of Full House. And three, never had I been so driven to repeatedly cause myself to violently throw up just to impress a girl."

Matt’s not that smart either.

Dom DeLuise

Pistachio Cake

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shelled raw pistachios
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/ 3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cannoli Buttercream

One recipe French Buttercream or American Frosting
1 cup ricotta, strained and pressed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To Finish

1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/4 cup candied citron or orange zest, finely diced (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Eric Isaac

Want to win a copy of Robicellis: A Love Story, With Cupcakes? Tell us in the comments: What dishes do you rely on to win people over? We'll choose one random winner each day, and announce them this Friday! (Unfortunately, we can only ship books within the US.)

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Tags: baking, robicellis, cupcakes, pistachio

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10 months ago marjannepearson

Duck Breast with Baked Figs - recipe from David Tanis. Thank heavens I live in Sonoma with access to Sonoma Poultry (Liberty Ducks) and garden-grown figs. http://www.nytimes.com...

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10 months ago Crystal

I always serve/bring blondies or mini-cupcakes with piped buttercream frosting. How can anyone not like a tiny cupcake? Can't wait to try this pistachio recipe! xo

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10 months ago AllisonRobicelli

Awesome! Send me a link when you post it. And CONGRATS on the second anniversary of your blog!

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10 months ago Julie Bakes

I have to say, I just made these cupcakes for my blog's second birthday, and they were FANTASTIC!! I'm a huge fan!

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10 months ago Julie Bakes

I used to rely on my homemade vodka sauce, until my boyfriend started raving about my Samoa cupcakes. Now it's a meal of penne vodka with Samoa cupcakes for dessert!

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10 months ago marjannepearson

Samoa cupcakes? Yum!

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10 months ago LucyS

Individual chocolate souffles. Deceptively easy and look soooo fancy, so it's a trick.

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10 months ago Boulder Butter

I'm a Georgia girl living in Colorado, and nothing wins people over to a Southerner like her pecan pie :)

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10 months ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Not a baker, but I make a mean risotto!

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10 months ago janecf

Ceci bruschetta a la Mario Batali - easy, delish and always seems to be a hit! (http://www.foodnetwork...)

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10 months ago Robin Chesser

I always rely on Puerto Rican roast pork with rice and beans, it never fails! That was such a lovely story, thanks for sharing!

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10 months ago Kate

What a cute story!

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10 months ago Justin Zagorski

My grandmother's Apple Cake.

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10 months ago G Green

I love to bake, and it's a tough call whether my cookies or pies would be more persuasive to win people over. But since I myself love them more, I'll say pie! And especially my apple pie, which wows no matter who's Thanksgiving dinner I join - family, longtime friends and new acquaintances alike. I love that Thanksgiving is a day when anyone can be "family", and I love that a simple pie that I'm happy to make can bring so much joy!

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10 months ago aliiiiiiiiicia

I will bake anything and people tell me to open my own bakery.

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10 months ago Megan Nadeau Olson

My homemade sea salt caramel, it's a winner every time!

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10 months ago Priya Cox

My pea & pancetta risotto always takes the win!

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10 months ago qktiles

My apple crisp...an old recipe from a cafe I worked in many years ago, but still the best.

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10 months ago Caroline McKinney

Southern Living Carrot Cake recipe. It takes about 3 hours but never a morsel is left! The glaze on each layer is so delicious paired with the homemade cream cheese icing! Or my mother in law's chocolate eclair cake! It's sinful and much easier to make!

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10 months ago Cristina Erlendson

A delicious spaguetti with shrimp, palm hearts and cream cheese... absolutely success every time I make it.

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10 months ago barbra

My go-to recipe is definitely a classic, fudgy brownie. i got it from freshcatering.blogspot.com, and have made several variations on it ever since (creamcheese topping, spiked with cinammon-chili...)

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10 months ago Cassady

How can you go wrong with baked apples, preferably baked into Teddie's Apple Cake?

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10 months ago Tamarakruse

Always, pasta with Gorgonzola. Never fail.

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10 months ago zelocin

Winning 'em over with a little something sweet. My alfajores recipe translates as a Latina's Oreo. Shortbread cookie sandwich with a dulce de leche filling. A dusting of confectioners sugar leaves them licking their fingers.

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10 months ago LazizaBites

My panna cotta has won over everyone. I make it w/ swirls of Nutella, garnish w/ toasted macadamia nuts ,,, and a little agave glaze. My friend wants to rub it all over her lol!

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10 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

My mother's oldie-but-goodie sour cream cake, straight up, no icing, but with great ice cream -- who doesn't adore cake + ice cream?! -- and seasonal fruit on the side. (It has this killer crust on top, which you wouldn't want to disturb with icing, anyway.) http://food52.com/recipes... It was my mother's signature party dessert. It's been mine, too, for most of my adult life. ;o)

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10 months ago Therese Nelson

I love this story, not just because Allison and Matt are both amazing chefs, but because they prove that chefs find love too and that one of the most important ingredients to being great in our work in simple unabashed love of food!! You guys rock!!

I think my impress a guy/ make my culinary presence felt go to meal is a trip to the south Edna Lewis style. I go the homemade scratch biscuits (sometime buttermilk, sometime sweet potato, sometime cheese, depending on the guy) some kind of preserve or jam, a protein like cold lamb or baked ham, a salad of some kind with a bitter green like arugula or dandelions and pound cake with fruit. Chef Edna was all about unpretentious, ingredients driven, technically perfect fare that had soul and presence which is how i try to define my work, so I bust out my biscuit cutters ant think of Miss Edna hoping that the light fluffiness of my baked goods shows said fellow I mean business!!

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10 months ago vee

When I want to "WOW" people, I will make my Chocolate espresso cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. It's always a big hit!

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10 months ago saramlenton

OMG, best story ever!!! I think my granola won over my fiance, but my go-to might be brownies.

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10 months ago Roxanne

My boyfriend used to be a chef...intimidating! I used my baking sills to impress--banana cream pie, chocolate mousse cake, and blueberry muffins. He proposed three weeks ago, so I guess it worked! :)

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10 months ago Matilda Luk

I remember making individual nut tarts for my then-boyfriend, now-husband to win him over. Alas we now have a son who's allergic to nuts.

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10 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My two major go-to's are both Community Picks here...
Chicken with Red Wine Vinegar Sauce http://food52.com/recipes..., and Coconut Pound Cake! http://food52.com/recipes...

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10 months ago Heather

When I first started dating my now husband, I baked to impress with maple cupcakes with chocolate ganache and candied bacon.

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10 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

A big pot of gumbo. You knew I was going to say that.

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10 months ago magproctor

I have a bunch of go-to recipes for bribing people to like me, such as my grandma's chocolate fudge, apple crumb muffins, and world peace cookies. Works like a charm.