I did not get a cheesecake taste though. That's wonderful!! And here we are at this recipe. The cream cheese has a different texture than ricotta, so I'm not sure that it's an equal swap. Spoon it on top of your cake batter. Hi, Marisa! I'm in the moment of smelling the delicious aroma and reading through the comments and it hits me that I forgot the 3/4 cup sugar in the ricotta mix!!! This was a HUGE hit! Will it still taste fresh after a day of sitting in the fridge? This sounds and looks delicious! Grease a 22cm cake tin (one with a removable base) and line it with baking parchment. I made them separately and then put 3/4 of each of the batters in the 13x9 baking dish and the remaining 1/4 in an 8” pan. I have never had a dessert with Ricotta Cheese in it so im skeptical but willing to try it out since it looks Amazing! Line an 8″ cake pan with parchment paper and set aside. And vanilla sounded a bit plain for a birthday, her 38th, so I used 1/4 cup kahlua and 3/4 cup milk with vanilla pudding mix. Enjoy! I remember this cake from my grandmother. Thanks, Hi, Jennifer! I promise, though -- you don't really need an excuse to enjoy this delicious Italian Love Cake recipe! Learn how your comment data is processed. I would just loosely tent it with foil and transport it in the baking dish. Hi, Tarah! Your email address will not be published. That's wonderful, Indigo! I honestly have no idea why it would crack this morning. The cashew gives it a delicious taste and unexpected melting texture. Allow the cake to chill for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator before slicing and serving. Let me explain. I haven't ever had a problem with runny frosting, so as long as you used the instant pudding mix and prepared it as instructed, you should be totally fine. Can you over beat the eggs and ricotta?? I can't take much credit for the baking on this one -- it's all Kristin (and her kids)! , Your email address will not be published. I baked it for 1 1/2 hrs. https://www.food.com/recipe/italian-love-cake-super-easy-42064 I think it’s because I used my kitchen aid mixer rather than a hand mixer. Can you use fresh heavy cream instead of cool whip? It was Italian themed cuisine, so I wanted to bring n Italian dessert to go with it. Thanks for your feedback! I had devils food cake on hand and it turned out AMAZING! That's a lot of cheese and eggs ! Thank you for this big hit.. I'm sure it will taste as yummy as it looks.....thank u for this great recipe. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. But not too much. , I tried first and it was a HIT!, then 2nd time again another HIT! I bet the lemon version was amazing! It will be fine -- even if a little bit of the frosting gets on the foil. And watch videos demonstrating recipe prep and cooking techniques. No holiday, no birthday, just a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen! . Merry Christmas! of ricotta, sugar, 4 eggs, and vanilla extract. It did not overflow but I did have to cook it for 25 min longer. Mine had little crystals into the cool whip topping. I don't think so...although I haven't actually tried that substitution. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, Stephanny! My 9X13-in baking was cleaned out, There wasn't any left over. I frosted liberally, and had a bit left over. Meanwhile, beat the pudding mix and the remaining 12 ounces mascarpone with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth; gradually add the milk, beating until smooth. The edges will look overdone. Enjoy. Hi! As for the topping, I ended up using TWO boxes of instant chocolate pudding and folding in a big tub of cool whip. I let it sit in the fridge while the cake was baking so that it had time to set as well. . I made this phenomenal cake for my daughter's birthday. I had never even heard of Italian Love Cake until my Italian girlfriend talked about it and how her mom always made it for her. Has anyone tried making this on a cookie sheet...like a sheet cake? Once I ice it , it will be huge I’m not sure not to take it to a potluck without messing up the frosting. I've never done that, so I'm not sure how it would turn out. Waiting for cake to cool so I can frost it......PATIENCE...LOL We love it too! In a large mixing bowl, add 4 eggs, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, water and cake mix. I guess this will be my little secret. Hi, JoAnne! Thank you for this recipe I plan on making it again and with different flavors. Thanks for your kind note, Michelle! The cake mix was a bit beyond its expiration date, but otherwise everything seemed like I followed all the directions. Do you know what might have caused this? Since the recipe uses a 9 x 13-inch pan, you would need a round pan that is equivalent in size. Start with a very small amount of the lemon extract, though -- that stuff can be really strong. Just leave it in the pan and frost. Baking time was a little less. Directions. 1. I am not a cake person but this one changed my mind. Enjoy!! One question, are the 4 eggs listed including the eggs used in cake mix or is it 4 eggs mixed with the ricotta cheese? I want to try it but I'm not sure if it will have the same effect and "switch" layers during baking. Think it’ll work? Meanwhile, beat the pudding mix and the remaining 12 ounces mascarpone with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth; gradually add the milk, beating until smooth. Making it again for his birthday. Hey, Kelly! Then followed your directions to a tee. You'll need a box of instant chocolate pudding mix, frozen whipped topping that has been thawed in the refrigerator, and cold milk. Hi, Kathryn! I'm anxious to try it. It wasn't sweet enough. Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Thanks this recipe is very versatile to make with flavors. Unsubscribe at any time. . I made it for my daughter's 15th birthday and everyone loved it! Someone earlier said that they tried Devil's Food and it didn't work. Absolutely! I'm so glad to hear that it was a success! Instructions. I wonder if it’s because I used part skim ricotta? Cool completely, about 30 minutes. I made it for a family Valentine’s Day dinner and received a four-heart review. And SO EASY. . You're right -- the ricotta layer isn't very sweet, so more sugar would be a great addition if you prefer a sweeter filling! But to each their own! I am familiar with the savory ricotta in lasagna, but thinking that it takes on more of a cheesecake like flavor with that many eggs and sugar mixed in. Can’t gigure why it didn’t flip. Thank You! Wonderful! Like a cross between chocolate cake and cheesecake, this special dessert includes layers of chocolate cake, sweet ricotta, and a creamy chocolate pudding topping. This cake was very easy to make. Did yours taste ok? Hi, Joan! You want it to be firm (kind of like a cheesecake). I made the “filling” according to directions which came out perfectly. I'm so glad that it worked well for you and that you enjoyed the cake. Can I use two cups of reddi whip instead of the Cool whip? It is not overly sweet at all. I used a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan to make removing it easier and greased the sides only with a tiny bit of canola oil on a paper towel. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray. I will be making this recipe again. So simple and refreshing. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. does the icing need to be on for 6 hours or does it go on before serving ?? In a standing mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter, oil, eggs, and sugar until light and … Yes, I think that will probably work! A delicious blend of fruit and spices. I’m making it right now it still seems uncooked in the center.. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Hi, Sabrina! , Hi! It's definitely more like a dense layer of cheesecake filling. So glad that your bf approves! Using a hand mixer, beat together ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. . This Italian Love Cake starts with a boxed cake mix for an easy dessert recipe that only looks fancy! No, I haven't tried it with the cream cheese, and I haven't heard from anyone else who has. Hi, Kalina! . I guess I just put all the in-laws on calorie reduction! . Hi I made this Beautiful Cake and everything worked out well , it’s in the refrigerator chilling for 1 day now I’am afraid to cut it because it looks like the frosting is going to be runny just afraid to cut it. © 2017–2020 The Seasoned Mom About Privacy. Hi, Jane! I think that my oven temp is good. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/valerie-bertinelli/lemon-love-cake Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Thank You!! That's not a problem that I've ever run into. Home » What We're Eating » Dessert » Italian Love Cake, Lasted edited January 17, 2019. Set aside (do NOT bake yet). Just make sure that it's wrapped tightly to prevent freezer burn, and enjoy the cake within 1-2 months. Can you use cottage cheese instead of rigcotta? Spread to fill the pan evenly. Hi Blair, . If that isn’t enough of an endorsement, I will simply say I love Italian Love Cake. Use hashtag #theseasonedmom. Trust me -- it's worth the wait! I made this for my bf for Valentine's Day, and I'm pretty sure he fell in love with me more that day. Scraping the bowl clean tasted good anyway lol, Hi, Meloni! Somehow I picked up brownie mix and not choc cake and didn’t notice until it was mixed. Not sure if your oven was accidentally at a higher temp this time, or if you placed it on a different rack than usual? Just wanted to know if I need to warm up the milk into the pudding before adding the cool whip. It was easy. I allowed the cakes to cool in their pans for 1 hour before frosting. Today is my first time attempting to make it myself, using this recipe. In a large bowl, mix together cake batter according to package instructions. Semolina grains softened in butter, and chopped cashews add a little texture. That would have to be a very large round pan (or you could make two separate smaller pans) because most round pans are about 8 or 9-inches in diameter. We absolutely love this cake. Oh..my..lanta! Add lemon zest to frost also.Some of the cake was left over but I wasn't able to take them home, I high jacked at the door. The Cool Whip is slightly sweet, though, so you may want to add some sweetener to your homemade whipped cream. The one hour bake time had me a little worried). Not sure what happened this time? I first had Italian love cake at a little cafe in a small town. I have not personally tried it that way, and I'm not sure if any of the readers have. I don't know, because I have never tested the recipe with that substitution. . I'm glad that you enjoyed it, and thanks for the tip about baking it longer in your oven. If you have leftovers, you will need to keep the cake refrigerated (or the topping will "melt"). Still tasted good, but the ricotta filling got a little faded between the chocolate cake and the chocolate icing. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3. Help! It’s in the oven now, cheese still on top and over an hour. I’m worried because I need to take to a dinner party! For the lemon version, I'm wondering about lemon extract instead of vanilla in the ricotta layer and/or lemon pudding in the frosting layer. Carefully pour the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter. Let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes; spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Originally published January 17, 2019 by Blair. Do you think it will still come out tasting okay if the ricotta layer was not fluffy? This is the 2nd time I made it but this time my layers didn’t switch during baking.? You could substitute regular cream cheese in a pinch. It will definitely lend a different texture, since cream cheese and ricotta are two different textures themselves. I found a recipe for sugar free chocolate cake that uses stevia and made that. There should be plenty. Cake needs to be chilled to maintain frosting. If your cake mix calls for additional eggs on the box, then use whatever the package instructs (in addition to the 4 that get mixed with the cheese). Bounch back to touch or clean toothpick in the center? I was wondering though, can the ricotta be substituted with softened cream cheese? Does that change anything? Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. Love this recipe. I'm not a big fan of Cool whip. I'm curious. Can you substitute cream cheese in place of the ricotta? Awesome, Kelly! It is officially the only cake she wants for her birthday. Baking is so finicky -- the best way to know is to really just give it a try. I made this cake over Valentine's Day. Just add more, to taste, as needed...but don't dump a bunch in right off the bat. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. With chocolate, sweet ricotta and a whipped pudding topping, the layered Italian cake is … I let it sit for a good six hours and it was perfect. It is a recipe which has its roots in colonial times, when, first the Portuguese and then the Dutch colonized Ceylon ( as it was then called) You can nominate Love, Cake by clicking here. Thanks so much, Chrissa! When adding the whipped topping into the pudding, be sure to. Sorry I'm not more helpful! Spread evenly to cover as much as possible. I haven't tested it myself, so I can't say for sure. Your thoughts? I hope you get to try it!! , Am trying this recipe today. I'm so glad that you enjoy the cake. too... sprayed pan and everything. It will be runny. Made this beautiful cake for Thanksgiving tomorrow, turned out perfect. Glad that you enjoyed it! The 4 eggs are to be mixed with the ricotta. If you dare. If so would I still bake them for a hour? All of my party guests were amazed. So, natch, to the internet. wow, i am so in love with this layering! If it's Reddi Whip from a can that you're thinking of, I'm pretty sure that it deflates really quickly and wouldn't hold up in the cake. . I hope you love it! Highly recommend! This light Sri Lankan Love cake recipe features a heady mix of cardamom, cinnamon, honey, nutmeg, rosewater and cashews. Beat the ricotta and 4 ounces of the mascarpone with an electric mixer at medium-low speed until smooth. I followed it pretty* spot on as far as all measurements go. From there, I branched out. Hi, Kim! as will fit in the pan. I used two boxes of cake mix only because I couldn’t find marble cake, which I guess is what her mom used. Only change I made....found out at last moment I did not have any chocolate pudding. This is one awesome dessert. I am sure I would have to adjust the baking time, and the layer would be thinner, but I am ok with that? In fact, the boys and I whipped up this treat on a recent snow day -- because baking seemed like a cozy thing to do while we were all housebound. You would probably have better luck making real whipped cream by whipping some heavy cream, although I haven't actually tried that myself. Beat butter and both sugars with an electric beater until incorporated. So, so in love with this cake! Finally, I always add sprinkles on top, but that step is totally optional! Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you'll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. I'm in love with the thick layer of frosting and ricotta cheese. The next day the lemon flavor was even better than the first day. It's one of the most moist and flavorful cakes that I've ever made! For something sweet that isn’t sickeningly sweet this is perfect. I have no idea if the cream cheese would switch layers like the ricotta, or not. I'm seriously drooling over this. Hi, Laura! I’m baking it now and it’s at the top of my pan. Was wondering if I could make it into jumbo cupcakes? What are your indications that the cake has baked long enough. I love this cake so much and it's so easy to make! The whipped cream wouldn't be sweet like Cool Whip, so you might want to add some sweetener to it as well. as i I were some master chef for ever being able to make such an intricate dessert. I would be hesitant, though. I have no idea! Gently spread the ricotta mixture evenly over the cake batter. I always turned to the food section, and that February, I found a recipe for a Sicilian Chocolate Love Cake. Can I substitute the ricotta cheese with cream cheese? I love that!!! Yes! I'm so happy to hear that you love the cake! Get Sicilian Love Cake Recipe from Food Network You can also find 1000s of Food Network's best recipes from top chefs, shows and experts. Add the sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth. cake few inches apart! 3. I don’t know if one box would be enough, honestly. Hiw to cover cake with foul for transport Grandma always knows best! The cool whip topping really helps balance out the cake. Hey, there's nothing wrong with having cake for breakfast -- especially on a Monday! This is the kind of thing that usually remains a secret. Ricotta is often used in desserts like cheesecake or even tiramisu, so you can be sure that it will be amazing. Now before I can send you the free 10-Minute Miracles download, you need to check your email to confirm your subscription. The ricotta DID, for the most part, sink to the bottom, but I also helped it by tapping my pans mid way through baking. I haven't had that issue. hahahaha. Hi, can I use regular cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese? Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions; pour into the prepared baking pan, and set aside. I started making this cake in 2011 after my husband’s father, Tony Vitale, began sending us issues of La Gazzetta Italiana, a wonderful little newspaper serving the Italian-American community in Cleveland. . 1 (16.5-ounce) package strawberry cake mix, 1 (32-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese, 1 (3.4-ounce) package strawberry crème instant pudding mix. , I'm worried lol. Cream cheese has a different texture than ricotta, so I would worry that the layer might not "flip" the way it's supposed to. At that point I removed the 8” pan, and let the 13x9 continue baking for another 13 minutes. I don't know the full history of Italian Love Cake, but from what I've read, this special treat is called "Love Cake" because it was traditionally served at weddings. Add the sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth. They kept asking, "Did you make this!?" I was thinking about baking the cake in an aluminum pan. Yes! Oh I did crush some instant coffee to pure powder form and lightly dusted the cake one hour before serving (I put the cake back in the fridge for final hour). Hope that helps, and enjoy! Hi, Carina! The key is to let it cool completely then frost. in your recipe you never say to remove the cake when done out of the baking pan do you leave it in the pan and then frost? Ricotta has a different texture than cottage cheese (much thicker and firmer), so I would worry that the inside of the cake wouldn't set if you use cottage cheese instead. without smearing frosting! Could I half the ricotta cheese portion of the recipe? Here is hoping for the best (I well let you know). Well, it worked great for me! So gorgeous, and so delicious!! Set that aside. The Cool Whip would melt and deflate if it got too warm, so I wouldn't try that. It was a bit before I mixed my ricotta layer but when I poured it on, I tried to be care to spread it but I couldn't cover the whole cake. Follow The Seasoned Mom on Instagram and show us what you're making! Pour batter into 9 x 13 x 2 inch greased baking dish. He had been talking about his uncle making this amazing Italian Love Cake, and I decided to look for a recipe. I wanted to try this recipe so bad, but I am diabetic. Poured into cake pan. My layers didn't turn out so "layered" there was chocolate cake on the bottom and on the top with the ricotta in middle ? Preheat the oven to 350°F. I would think lemon flavor in the cheese layer would be great. I am at sea level and baked both my pans at the same time for 1 hour and 4 minutes. Whoever had it overflowing probably didn’t have a 13x9 pan or they used two boxes of cake mix. I actually think it gets better after a day or so of sitting in the fridge! Hmmm...that's so strange! Chocolate vs white vs whatever, doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. That confirmation email should be waiting for you in your inbox! Thanks for the awesome recipe! Thank you for this recipe, I'm saving it and making it again for sure! Hi, Fatema! Just lemon cake doesn't sound too lemony. Pinning this and making it for the next get together I have! Let me know how it ends up! . I'd like to receive the free email course. Fingers are crossed. It turned out great. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean and the strawberry layer has risen to the top, 50 to 60 minutes. Please try again. Your suggestions sound perfect -- both the lemon extract in the ricotta and the lemon pudding in the frosting. Your changes sound amazing! , That's awesome, Lanette! Swirl for marble effect. Let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes; spread the frosting over the cooled cake. I followed this to a ‘T’ and usually it flips! A friend made this cake an it is totally yummy, so I had to make it for my family. I can't find instant pudding. It's like magic! I particularly like creamy cakes, which yours are. Yes, I think that would work fine. Carefully pour the ricotta mixture over the cake batter. I can see the layers flip flopped but my center is still moving (I shook the pan a touch to see how it was fairing. Prepare the cake according to the directions on the box and pour it into the prepared pan. Instant pudding mix thickens up quickly while it's still cold, as opposed to the regular pudding mix that has to be cooked in order to thicken. I remember my grandmother making this cake. . In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Blend cake mix, water, 3 eggs, and oil together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, JoAnne! … Happy birthday to YOU! Chas. It’s chocolate oh, but not over powering (mine is mixed though), and the topping is nice and light. I don't see how mine is going to come out in layers. Hi, Millie! I rarely bake so I don't know what I've done lol. Hi, Holly! Maybe you'll discover a new brownie recipe? that cheese! Pour batter into the prepared pan. You can also subscribe without commenting. Ok. Now, imagine a guy with a body like Vin Diesel and a face like Rodney Dangerfield. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. you are one fab baker! This cake tastes best after it has been refrigerated overnight. . That's awesome!!! He said my cake tastes even better than his uncle's, lol. Cake Mix Recipe, chocolate cake, Love Cake, package chocolate cake mix, PLUS additional ingredients called for on the package, (my cake mix package required 1.25 cups water, ½ cup oil, and 3 eggs). OMG!!!!!! First, a little request. Irish Coffee with Lemon Vanilla Whipped Cream. All these ingredients create a fluffy, rich, squidgy cake packed with exotic flavour. For the cake part, you can do either the clean toothpick test or the bounce back to touch test. Mine didn’t flip and the cake was so dense and yucky!! . To make frosting, whisk together pudding mix and milk until combined and slightly thickened (about 1-2 minutes). Add eggs, beat until smooth. I still liked, my wife didn't. Let me know how it turns out! Would definitely make the sugar free version again.. Cora, I'm so glad that you found a way to make it work for your particular diet. Thanks, Charles! , Has anyone tried this with cream cheese? You've just created a delicious new recipe! If you're worried about whether the cheese filling in the center has cooked, I would try the toothpick test as well, or just give it a little bit of a shake or touch. Hi, Ashley! The coffee dusting and kahlua probably made it taste like a tiramisu cake!