Cassata loaf

    4 hours

    A deliciously indulgent cake, which originates from Italy. Layers of sponge are brushed with orange liqueur, filled with a chocolate-mixed peel ricotta and topped with a chocolate icing. Perfect for everyday snacking and special occasions.

    7 people made this

    Makes: 10 servings

    • 520g sponge cake mix
    • 6 tablespoons orange liqueur, divided
    • 475g ricotta cheese
    • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 3 tablespoons chopped plain chocolate
    • 3 tablespoons cut mixed peel
    • 115g plain chocolate, chopped
    • 50g butter
    • 350g icing sugar
    • 125ml hot, strong brewed coffee
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:3hr chilling  ›  Ready in:4hr 

    1. Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions. Bake in a 23x13cm loaf tin. Cool completely.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 mixed peel.
    4. 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.
    5. Gently press loaf into shape. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ricotta is firm.
    6. Meanwhile make the icing. Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler, over hot, not boiling, water. Remove from water. Add icing sugar, hot coffee and vanilla. Beat until smooth. If too soft to spread, refrigerate until of spreading consistency, about 30 minutes. Spread icing over side and top of cake. Refrigerate until serving time.
    7. To serve, decorate top with crystallised fruits, if desired.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    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.  -  22 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    DELICIOUS!  -  12 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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 can only get better!  -  01 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)