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Italian Love Cake

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

Italian desserts are famous for being rich, flavorful and delicious and this luscious cake is no exception. It 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 tasty decadence; perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Cake Ingredients:

1 Box of Fudge Marble Cake Mix

(Prepare cake and cake pan according to the directions on the box)

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup of Milk or Half and Half

1 (3.9 ounce) pkg. of Chocolate Instant Pudding

1 (8 ounce) Container of Non-Dairy Whipped Cream; thawed

Cheese Mixture Ingredients:

2 pounds of Ricotta cheese

1 cup of Granulated sugar

1 tsp. 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 a heart-shaped pan.

Prepare the cake mixture, pour into prepared pan and set aside.

Combine Ricotta cheese, sugar and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined and pour over cake batter.

As it bakes, the cake will rise above the mixture and the cheese will settle to the bottom.

Bake 45-6o minutes or until a cake tester, inserted into the center, comes out clean.

Icing Directions:

Blend together chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Beat until thick and creamy.

Fold in milk or half and half and beat until smooth and firm.

Once cake has been completely cooled, spread topping over cake.

Refrigerate one hour before serving.

Yield 12 servings.

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Optional:

Before serving, top your creation with red sprinkles and cherries for added color and decoration.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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