italian love cake

The origins of this popular cake and why it was given such an endearing name remain a mystery to this day. Maybe it’s because once you sink your teeth into a piece of “Italian Love Pie” it will literally be love at first bite.

Italian desserts are famous for being rich, savory and delicious and this delicious cake is no exception. Combines the slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture of Ricotta cheese with a moist marble cake. Despite the varied number of recipes available, the end result will be a beautiful creation of delicious decadence; Perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Cake Ingredients:

1 box marble fudge cake mix
(Prepare cake and cake pan according to box directions)

Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup of milk or half and half
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding
1 container (8 ounces) non-dairy whipped cream; thawed

Cheese Mix Ingredients:

2 pounds of ricotta cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of milk or half and half

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 2-inch or heart-shaped pan.
Prepare cake mix, pour into prepared pan and set aside.
Combine ricotta cheese, sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined and pour over pie crust.
As it bakes, the cake will rise above the mixture and the cheese will settle to the bottom.
Bake 45 to 6 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Icing Instructions:

Mix chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Beat until thick and creamy.
Add milk or half and half and beat until smooth and firm.
Once the cake has cooled completely, spread the frosting over the cake.
Refrigerate one hour before serving.
Makes 12 servings.

Before serving, top your creation with red sprinkles and cherries to add color and garnish.

Happy Valentines Day!

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