It's a wonderful, easy, light cheese filled cake... but not a cheesecake!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.

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  • Make yellow cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into the greased 9x13 inch pan.

  • Mix together the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and spoon over cake batter.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes. Sprinkle cake with confectioners' sugar when cool.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 25.2g 8% DV; fat 5.4g 8% DV; cholesterol 32.5mg 11% DV; sodium 185.7mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
I've made this cake my entire life (being as my grandmother taught me!) and I just have a few suggestions. Try adding a few ounces of cream cheese (we use 4-5) into the cheese mixture. Also, we use Almond extract. My grandmother would use vanila as a substitute, but almond gives it a really nice flavor. Then, try topping it with cherry or blueberry pie filling. Yum yum. I'm eating some right now! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2009
Not very flavorfull no one in my family of 5 much cared for it. Read More
(16)
90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
I've made this cake my entire life (being as my grandmother taught me!) and I just have a few suggestions. Try adding a few ounces of cream cheese (we use 4-5) into the cheese mixture. Also, we use Almond extract. My grandmother would use vanila as a substitute, but almond gives it a really nice flavor. Then, try topping it with cherry or blueberry pie filling. Yum yum. I'm eating some right now! Read More
(129)
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2004
Absolutely delicious made with chocolate cake mix. I made one the day before yesterday and it was such a hit that I made another one to take to a potluck last night. It got rave reviews! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2005
I have made this recipe before the same as written EXCEPT using (4) medium eggs and NO sugar in the ricotta mixture. I'm curious as to what the extra sugar/carbs does for the recipe? I don't think the sugar is needed at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2007
This was a huge hit!!!! It was so delicious. I did make some major changes. I used a lemon cake mix split into 2 springform pans put microwave lemon curd (from this site) in the middle sifted powder sugar and shaved some chocolate over! See my pictures for the final product:) I will be making this again and again beautiful presentation and insanely addictively delicious! Read More
(42)
Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2007
I used a yellow cake mix with chocolate swirl prepared according to the box directions. Then because the Ricotta mixture reminded me of cannoli filling I cut the sugar down to 1/2 a cup left out one egg added two teaspoons of vanilla extract instead of what the recipe calls for and added about a cup of chocolate chips. The flavors all really work together. I posted picture of my creation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2006
Great recipe. This is basically the same one my Mom has made for years with the recipe coming from her friend Barbara T (who is married to a man who emigrated to the USA from Italy as a teen). Barbara has great Italian food recipes from his family... The ricotta makes this cake very dense and moist. In our family it is always served cold with whipped cream or Cool Whip and sugared strawberries on top. It's sort of an Italian pound cake... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2004
This was simple and delicious. All age groups in my house loved it. (3yrs.-55 yrs.) It did take a lot longer to bake then what the recipe stated. So be aware of that if you are in a specific time frame to get it done. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2008
I made this using a lemon cake mix and almond flavoring instead of vanilla. I also threw in some drained maraschino cherries and slivered almonds. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I found that it took a lot longer to bake than stated 1 hour total. Also I think it could use another egg. Overall it was very good though. I will try this again probably with a chocolate mix next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2008
Made this as listed except added almond extract and my family loved it! I made a blueberry topping for those who like fruit on their cake which was a nice combination. Thanks for the ideas! It was a wonderful way to use the enormous tub of ricotta I had left:-) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2009
Not very flavorfull no one in my family of 5 much cared for it. Read More
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