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Cassata Cake: Our Best Italian Cassata Cake

4.50 (2 Votes)
SERVES
12
COOK TIME
40 Min
READY IN
40 Min

End your Italian feast on a sweet note with our Cassata Cake! The best part? our cassata cake recipe uses a convenient shortcut, which means you get to enjoy a slice of this delicious Italian specialty in no time!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix, batter prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Note)
What To Do:
  1. Bake cake batter according to package directions for two 9-inch round layers; let cool then remove from pans.
     
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, chocolate chips, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon; mix well, then cover and chill until ready to use.
     
  3. In a small bowl, combine rum, water, and remaining granulated sugar; mix well then set aside. Place one cake layer on a serving platter and drizzle with rum mixture until liquid is completely absorbed. Cover with ricotta cheese mixture and top with second cake layer.
     
  4. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat heavy cream and confectioners' sugar 5 to 6 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Frost top and sides of cake with whipped cream then sprinkle top and sides with toasted almonds. 
     
  5. Cover loosely and chill at least 2 hours before serving.
Notes
  • To toast the almonds, place them on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 4 to 5 minutes, or just until golden. They toast very quickly, so watch them carefully to avoid burning!
     
  • Want even more Italian desserts like our Cassata Cake Recipe? Then be sure to check out our collection of 8 Easy Italian Dessert Recipes.

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