Robicelli's Dom DeLuise Cupcakes

October 14, 2013

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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Allison Robicelli is a James Beard-nominated food writer, a Publisher's Weekly-starred author, and lots of other fun things. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she currently lives with her two sons and four cats in Baltimore, Maryland.


marjannepearson October 16, 2013
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.
Crystal October 16, 2013
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
Allison R. October 16, 2013
Awesome! Send me a link when you post it. And CONGRATS on the second anniversary of your blog!
JulieBakes October 16, 2013
I have to say, I just made these cupcakes for my blog's second birthday, and they were FANTASTIC!! I'm a huge fan!
JulieBakes October 15, 2013
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!
marjannepearson October 16, 2013
Samoa cupcakes? Yum!
LucyS October 15, 2013
Individual chocolate souffles. Deceptively easy and look soooo fancy, so it's a trick.
Boulder B. October 15, 2013
I'm a Georgia girl living in Colorado, and nothing wins people over to a Southerner like her pecan pie :)
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 15, 2013
Not a baker, but I make a mean risotto!
janecf October 15, 2013
Ceci bruschetta a la Mario Batali - easy, delish and always seems to be a hit! (
Robin C. October 14, 2013
I always rely on Puerto Rican roast pork with rice and beans, it never fails! That was such a lovely story, thanks for sharing!
Kate October 14, 2013
What a cute story!
Justin Z. October 14, 2013
My grandmother's Apple Cake.
G G. October 14, 2013
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!
aliiiiiiiiicia October 14, 2013
I will bake anything and people tell me to open my own bakery.
Megan N. October 14, 2013
My homemade sea salt caramel, it's a winner every time!
Priya C. October 14, 2013
My pea & pancetta risotto always takes the win!
qktiles October 14, 2013
My apple old recipe from a cafe I worked in many years ago, but still the best.
Caroline M. October 14, 2013
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!
Cristina E. October 14, 2013
A delicious spaguetti with shrimp, palm hearts and cream cheese... absolutely success every time I make it.
barbra October 14, 2013
My go-to recipe is definitely a classic, fudgy brownie. i got it from, and have made several variations on it ever since (creamcheese topping, spiked with cinammon-chili...)