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Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar (7 ounces), grated
  • BATTER:
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whole hazelnuts and chocolate curls, optional

Directions

  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat ricotta cheese and sugar until smooth; beat in vanilla. Fold in pecans and chocolate. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into three waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Cut each cake in half. Place one bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup filling. Repeat layers four times. Top with remaining cake. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until thickened. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over top and sides of cake. Garnish with hazelnuts and chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 836 calories, 47g fat (21g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (69g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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