This recipe was originated by one of my mom's friends, who made it totally from scratch one night at a homeless shelter, when they ran out of ingredients. They used whatever they had. It was served, and the people loved it! This recipe has been passed around ever since! It's a delicious cake that people go ga-ga over! It's best when made the day before. Frost with whipped topping and serve with fresh fruit.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 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). Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.

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  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Mix together ricotta, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon or lemon juice. Pour mixture over cake batter, but do not mix it in.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

222 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 28.5g 9% DV; fat 10.7g 17% DV; cholesterol 41.9mg 14% DV; sodium 210.6mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2005
I've made this several times in the past few years and people always love it. Because it is not as sweet as other cakes we pour strawberry topping (frozen or canned types) on top of ours and it tastes yummy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2004
This wasn't at all what I expected. It was rather bland and odd tasting. I thought it would be somewhat like a cheesecake but it's not. I would not make it again. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 2 stars
02/05/2004
This wasn't at all what I expected. It was rather bland and odd tasting. I thought it would be somewhat like a cheesecake but it's not. I would not make it again. Read More
(46)
Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2004
This was the worst cake I have ever baked!!!! I had it for New Years day. I followed the directions fully but the cake had no flavor and the cheese mixture settled to the bottom and tasted terrible!! Needless to say no one at the dinner liked it. I have usually had good luck with other recipes but this one takes the cake literately! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
I've made this several times in the past few years and people always love it. Because it is not as sweet as other cakes we pour strawberry topping (frozen or canned types) on top of ours and it tastes yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I have made this cake several times and loved it everytime. I have changed it around a bit and put differnt fruits on it but everyone I served it too also loved it and asked for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/28/2011
will never make again. very bad. I will scratch this one. Read More
(11)
Rating: 1 stars
05/08/2012
This is not a "Scratch" cake. If you want a ricotta cake made from "scratch" try Louisa's Ricotta Cake! You will be very pleased. YUM!!! Had to make it twice in 2 days for a family of 3 who devoured it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2016
I however used a pineapple cake mix cinnamon no lemon juice and "DELISH" So easy and as others mentioned not too sweet Read More