We were served Cassata in Italy on a number of occasions. It was always excellent. A beautiful presentation.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x5 inch loaf pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions. Bake in a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Cool completely.

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  • With a sharp, serrated knife, cut a thin slice from both ends of cooled cake. Cut cake horizontally into 4 even layers. Brush each layer with 1 tablespoon orange liqueur.

  • In medium bowl, beat ricotta cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in cream, sugar, remaining liqueur. With rubber scraper, fold in chocolate pieces and candied fruits.

  • Place bottom layer of cake on flat plate and spread with one-third of ricotta mix. Place second layer of cake evenly on top of first layer and spread with one-third filling. Repeat with third layer of cake and filling. Top with remaining cake layer.

  • Gently press loaf into shape. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ricotta is firm.

  • To make the frosting: Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler, over hot, not boiling, water. Remove from water. Add confectioners sugar, hot coffee, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. If too soft to spread, refrigerate until of spreading consistency - about 30 minutes. Spread frosting over side and top of cake. Refrigerate until serving time.

  • To serve, decorate top with candied fruits, if desired. Or use a pastry tube to decorate the cake with flowers and vines. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts

553 calories; protein 9.5g; carbohydrates 76.7g; fat 24.1g; cholesterol 52.5mg; sodium 264mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2009
Lovely flavors the icing is especially good. I am not a fan of candied fruit so I used orange zest that had been microwaved with a tiny bit of confectioners sugar and orange juice (2 tsp zest 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp juice). Many rave reviews from those served. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/05/2016
After the time and cost I was disappointed in this recipe. The ricotta cheese was not smooth as I had hoped. Too grainy for me. The frosting did not set up to frost the cake after sitting in the refrigerator and I had to add more powdered sugar to get the consistency right. Won't make again. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2009
Lovely flavors the icing is especially good. I am not a fan of candied fruit so I used orange zest that had been microwaved with a tiny bit of confectioners sugar and orange juice (2 tsp zest 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp juice). Many rave reviews from those served. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
DELICIOUS!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2012
Unexpected company! Dessert emergency! Used frozen poundcake. Had leftover candied fruit from Xmas. No orange liqueur so used bourbon. Was delightful, anyhow. Wows all around and this one is a keeper. Next time, I will do it with homemade poundcake, the right way....it can only get better! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/05/2016
After the time and cost I was disappointed in this recipe. The ricotta cheese was not smooth as I had hoped. Too grainy for me. The frosting did not set up to frost the cake after sitting in the refrigerator and I had to add more powdered sugar to get the consistency right. Won't make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2012
I made this recipe for the second time tonight. The first time I couldn't find candied fruit (wrong time of year) so I used dried fruit that I had soaked in Triple Sec. YUM. Even people who didn't like coffee liked the cake! This time I used the same dried fruit but soaked it in vanilla and water. For this second time I had to use imitation orange flavoring instead of Triple Sec since I was making it for a group of people who couldn't have alcohol in the cake mix. Rave reviews! Read More
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