Sunday, May 8, 2011

Recipe: Easy Quick Fix Ricotta Cake

Recipe: Easy Quick Fix Ricotta Cake

Everyone thinks I am weird for making my own birthday cakes but I like GOOD cakes; store bought cakes are just okay and I would never want my husband to bake one!  My favorite cakes are hazelnut torte, (not really a cake) which is a big project and this easy Italian inspired chocolate cake,  made from a mix with a yummy not-too-sweet satisfying ricotta filling.

First, bake your favorite mix according to the directions in 9" rounds; I add the zest form one orange and 1/2 tsp almond extract to the mix for more flavor.  I cool and freeze cake until needed.

For the filling,  I chop 1/2c each toasted almonds,  semi-sweet chocolate, dried cherries, candied ginger, zest from one orange and add to 15 oz ricotta cheese, along with  1 T Grand Marnier or Brandy, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract

Whip up 1/2 c heavy cream with 3 T sugar and gently fold into mixture. Filling should be slightly sweet; may need to add 1T more sugar but you don't want it too sweet because the cake is super sweet!

Slice cake rounds in half and add 1/3 of the filling to 1st layer, then repeat with next layers, then I smush it together making sure everything is even and not leaning.

I frost with gobs of my favorite chocolate buttercream frosting. Tastes best if left overnight for the flavors to marry.


  1. Oooh, girl! This looks so darn delicious!! I don't blame you for making your own cake... if you're gonna eat cake, it better be good, and this looks like heaven!

  2. Oh My gosh yes! Chocolate my FAVORITE!