Cups should be filled shortly before they’re eaten so they don’t get soggy. If you wish to make them ahead of time, you can make the cups and the filling, just keep them separate. Once you’re ready to serve, you can fill, decorate and serve.
For a variation in the filling, try 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract or orange extract instead of the vanilla.
Other toppings that go well with the cannoli cups are chopped toasted almonds, chocolate candy sprinkles, candied orange pieces, chopped candied red cherries, as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon.