Adapted from a recipe by Kevin Ryan at allrecipes.com. Be sure to use whole milk ricotta; the low-fat versions are thinner and will result in a soupy filling.
Provided by DrGaellon
Yield 12 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 21
- Line a fine-mesh strainer with a double layer of wet cheesecloth. Put the ricotta in a strainer and set it over a bowl. Fold the cheesecloth over the top of the ricotta. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight. Discard the whey which collects in the bowl.
- In a stand mixer outfitted with the paddle attachment, beat the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chips into the thickened ricotta on low speed until well combined. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill until needed.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F Grease and flour two 9" cake pans.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- Separate the eggs and set the whites aside. In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat the yolks until very thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Gradually add the cold water, then the sugar. Beat well until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla extract, then slowly add the sifted flour.
- Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the batter carefully. Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool completely.
- Place the remaining sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then stir in the rum.
- Split the cake layers horizontally, to make 4 thin layers. Place one layer on a cake board or plate and drizzle or brush with rum syrup. Top with 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the filling. Place another cake layer on top, and repeat until all four layers have been placed.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand five minutes. Microwave in 10 second intervals until gelatin is just dissolved, stirring after each interval. If it boils, throw it out and start over.
- Whip cream with confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Add melted gelatin and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Press sliced almonds all around the sides of the cake.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 631.5, Fat 31.9, SaturatedFat 17.2, Cholesterol 170.4, Sodium 174.5, Carbohydrate 72.1, Fiber 1.6, Sugar 53, Protein 15.3
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
- To make the cake, beat the eggs preferably in an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and grated citrus peel and continue to beat until the beater leaves a ribbon-like trail, about 15 minutes. Fold in the flour by hand, one-third at a time.
- Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes then unmold and cool completely.
- To make the syrup: In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup of warm water with the sugar and the liqueur. Stir the syrup until the sugar dissolves.
- To form the cassata: Slice the cake into 2 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Trim the crusts from the cake then return one of the layers to the springform pan. Spoon half the syrup over the cake then spread a layer of ricotta crema on top. Repeat, carefully placing another layer of cake, drizzling with syrup then spreading with ricotta. Wrap the cake in plastic and chill it for at least 1 hour.
- To make the frosting: Sift half of the confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Add half of the lemon juice and all of the lemon extract. Stir the liquid into the sugar, breaking up any lumps. Sift the remaining sugar into the bowl and add the rest of the lemon juice. Thin the icing with a little water until it has a thin spreading consistency and forms smooth, shiny icing.
- Unwrap the cassata and invert it onto a serving plate. Ice the cassata then decorate it with whole and cut pieces of candied fruit. Chill the cassata for at least 3 hours, then slice and serve.
SICILIAN CASSATA: RICOTTA CAKE
Provided by Food Network
Yield 10 servings as dessert
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Place the ricotta into a fine mesh sieve and nestle this over a bowl, place into the refrigerator overnight to allow the excess moisture to drain out before proceeding with the cassata recipe.
- Place the ricotta into the bowl of a mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until the curds smooth out. Mix the drained and beaten ricotta with 1 cup powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, chocolate chips and half the candied fruit. Set aside.
- Lightly oil a 10-inch springform pan with canola oil. Slice the sponge cake very thinly so that the springform may be lined with it in an even layer. Line the sides and bottom of the pan with the sponge cake. Pour the ricotta filling into the cake-lined pan. Place a final layer of cake over the ricotta filling; this now creates the bottom to the cassata. Before serving, the cassata will be inverted onto this cake bottom. Refrigerate the cassata overnight to firm the filling.
- Invert the springform pan on a wide platter. Open the hinge and remove the springform sides and bottom.
- The cassata may now be finished by either covering with a heavy coating of the remaining powdered sugar or may be coated with a thin layer of green marzipan. Either way, the remaining candied fruits should be used to decorate the finished cassata. Slice thinly and serve.
- 1. To make the filling, quickly whisk together 4 tablespoons of the milk with the flour. The slurry will be somewhat thick, so whisk thoroughly to make it smooth. Press out any lumps with a flexible spatula, if necessary.
- 2. Whisk in the rest of the milk and transfer the mixture to a 2-quart heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly. Once bubbles that burp steam form, remove the pot from the heat and continue to stir for another 30 seconds.
- 3. Cover the milk mixture with plastic wrap pressed directly against the surface. Cool for 15 to 30 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, combine the butter, sugar, citrus oil, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for up to 5 minutes.
- 5. Add the milk mixture and continue to beat on high speed until the filling is smooth, another 5 minutes. Beat in the ricotta cheese 1 tablespoon at a time.
- 6. Preheat the oven to 335°F and place the rack in the middle position. Line the bottoms of three 9-by-2- inch round pans with parchment.
- 7. Measure the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into one bowl, and the milk and vanilla into a separate bowl. Whisk each to combine.
- 8. In the standing mixer fitted with the wire whip attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed to a stiff peak. Drizzle in 1 cup of the sugar while the mixer is running. Scoop the meringue into a large bowl and set aside.
- 9. Lightly wipe the mixer bowl and replace the wire whip with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter with the remaining 1 cup of sugar on low speed.
- 10. Add the egg yolks one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl all the way to the bottom using a flexible spatula and mix on low speed until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- 11. Alternately add the dry and wet ingredients about a quarter at a time without pausing between additions.
- 12. Stop the mixer and gently fold the meringue into the batter with a flexible spatula. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when lightly pressed and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 13. Cool the cakes for 2 minutes, then run an offset spatula around the edges and invert the cakes onto a flat surface. They will be very fragile, so handle them with care.
- 14. Assemble the extravagant cake by adding about 1 cup each of the fresh strawberries and the ricotta filling between the layers. Cover the outside of the cake with the whipped cream. Add more fresh strawberries around the edge of the cake if you like.
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Stir the yucca, eggs, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut milk together in a bowl until thoroughly combined; pour into a baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Switch the oven's broiler on and bake under the broiler until the top of the cake is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool completely in refrigerator before serving.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 328.9 calories, Carbohydrate 41.6 g, Cholesterol 60.4 mg, Fat 15.5 g, Fiber 1.2 g, Protein 8 g, SaturatedFat 11.5 g, Sodium 110.7 mg, Sugar 25.5 g
GRANDMA LU'S CASSATA CAKE
- Mix ricotta, 1 pint of whipped heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl till smooth. Add one roughly chopped chocolate bar. Fold in.
- Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray (like Pam). Slice sponge cake into half-inch pieces. Line the bowl with one layer of cake. Follow with a layer of filling, making sure to come up to top of bowl. Continue alternating layers of cake and filling till you have reached the top of bowl. Finish with a layer of cake. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove plastic wrap. Place a pretty cake dish on top of bowl. Invert the cake and remove bowl. Frost with remaining pint of whipped heavy cream. Decorate with 2nd chocolate bar curls and drained maraschino cherries.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and line with parchment paper 2 nine inch round layer pans.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- Separate the eggs and set the egg whites aside. Beat the egg yolks together on medium-high speed until very thick, about 4 minutes. Gradually add the cold water. Add 1- 1/4 cups of the white sugar, slowly, and beat well for about 3 more minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Sift the flour mixture over the egg yolk mixture and fold in.
- Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together until stiff peaks form. Fold this into the yolk mixture. Divide batter between the pans.
- Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Cool on rack for 10 minutes and then invert and cool completely.
- Cut each cake layer in half. Place one of the 4 halves on a cake board or plate and sprinkle with a little of the Rum Syrup. Spread about 1-1/2 cups of the Filling over this layer. Add a second layer of cake and repeat this procedure. Top the cake with the last layer of cake. Chill at least 4 hours. Spread Chocolate Glaze over top of cake.
- To Make Ricotta Cheese Filling: Beat the ricotta cheese well and add the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. Add 1-1/2 teaspoons of the vanilla and grate 2 ounces of the chocolate in using the coarse side of a grater. Stir in the candied lemon peel and mix. Chill until ready to use.
- To Make The Rum Syrup: Place 1/3 cup of the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil 1 minute and then remove from heat and add the rum. Cool to room temperature.
- To Make The Chocolate Glaze: Melt 6 ounces of the chocolate and the cream in the microwave, whisk smooth. Add the butter and whisk until dissolved. Cool mixture until spreadable. Spread over the top of the cake.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 601 calories, Carbohydrate 84.1 g, Cholesterol 133.4 mg, Fat 23.6 g, Fiber 2.4 g, Protein 14.1 g, SaturatedFat 14 g, Sodium 174.2 mg, Sugar 63.6 g
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How do you make a Cassata?To form the cassata: Slice the cake into 2 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Trim the crusts from the cake then return one of the layers to the springform pan. Spoon half the syrup over the cake then spread a layer of ricotta crema on top. Repeat, carefully placing another layer of cake, drizzling with syrup then spreading with ricotta.
What is cassata cake?Cassata cake is a traditional Italian recipe that incorporates a soft sponge cake with layers of fruity icing. They are often topped with candied fruit and can include several delicious ingredients from chocolate chips to pistachio nuts.
How many eggs do you put in cassata cake?Cassata Cake With Whipped Cream With 6 eggs in the batter, the sponge cake in this recipe is very moist and soft. It contrasts well with the beautiful filling made from cream cheese, citrus oil and vanilla extract. This adds a tart citrus edge, which makes this recipe extra fruity.
How long does it take for Cassata to set?Our cassata has the ricotta filling of the classic Italian cake but also honors the American taste for fresh fruit on sweet cakes. Before you begin, be mindful that you need two 2-layer cakes— white or yellow —and that the finished cake needs at least four hours in the fridge to set.