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Cassata Cake: Our Best Italian Cassata Cake

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How 'bout having an Italian feast? A little antipasto, some pasta with sauce, and, of course, this classic Italian dessert? Well, what are you waiting for?! This Italian Cassata Cake Recipe is wonderful because it uses a convenient shortcut while still making part of it from scratch. That way, you get a cassata cake that's both homemade but quick and easy to make. What could be better? Try out this cassata cake recipe and see what all the fuss is about.

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.
  • 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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