Cassata Cake Recipe

We have researched and tested various recipes to present to you our version of the Italian Cassata Cake, a traditional dessert originating from the island of Sicily. This recipe is easy to follow, and we guarantee it will exceed your expectations.

What You Need To Make Cassata Cake Recipe

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  • milk
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips
  • lemon
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Cassata Cake Recipe

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine Italy
Calories 731 kcal


For the Filling:

  • 30  ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 2 1/4  cups  confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces  semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons, zested

For the Cake:

  • 2 white or yellow   cakes, 4 layers total
  • 1/2   cup  rum, or Marsala wine
  • 2 tablespoons  water

For the Frosting:

  •  cups  heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon  rum, or Marsala wine

For Decorating:

  • 6 small whole strawberries
  • 6 maraschino cherries
  • 1/4  poun semisweet chocolate, shaved


  • Let's begin by gathering all the necessary ingredients for this delicious cake recipe.
  • Once your cakes have completely cooled, it's time to slice them horizontally into two layers. You can use either a long serrated knife or sturdy thread for this task. Keep the four layers aside for later.
  • In a small bowl, combine the rum and water to make a liquor mixture.
  • Using a pastry brush, carefully coat the outer surface of each cake layer with the liquor mixture. Let each layer soak in the alcohol for a minute or two before assembling the cake.
  • Start by placing a single layer of cake at the bottom of a 9-inch cheesecake springform pan. Next, spread one-third of the chilled filling mixture on top of the cake layer. Repeat this process with a second layer of cake and another one-third of the mixture. Finally, spread the remaining mixture on top of the third layer of cake.
  • Now, cover the assembled cake with the fourth layer of cake, ensuring the brown part is facing up. Wrap the unfrosted cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least four hours to allow the flavors to meld together.And there you have it, a delicious and moist cake that's perfect for any occasion!


Nutrition Information:
  • 731Calories
  • 40gFat
  • 81gCarbs
  • 14gProtein
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Pro Tips for Making Cassata Cake

  • Choose High-Quality Ingredients
  • Prepare the Sponge Cake
  • Make the Ricotta Filling
  • Assemble the Cassata Cake
  • Chill the Cassata Cake


In conclusion, we believe our recipe for Italian Cassata Cake is one of the best out there. With its rich and delicious combination of flavors, it is sure to impress even the most discerning palate. Our recipe is easy to follow and includes detailed instructions that are

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