Love Cake

Total Time:
3 hr 35 min
35 min
2 hr
1 hr

15 servings

  • For cake:
  • Vegetable spray, for greasing baking pan
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting baking pan
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 package fudge marble cake mix (or plain vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 pounds whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • For frosting:
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 1/4 cups cold whole milk
  • 4 cups prepared whipped cream
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan with vegetable spray. Dust all over with flour, shaking out excess. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, add 4 eggs, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, water and cake mix. Reserve the fudge package for another use. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whisk until well combined, about 3 minutes.

  • Into another mixing bowl, add ricotta cheese, 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar. Add chocolate chips. Whisk until well combined, about 2 minutes.

  • Pour 2/3 cup of the cake batter into the pan. Add cocoa powder to the remaining batter and pour over the batter in the pan. Gently swirl in the cocoa batter creating a marble look. Pour the ricotta mixture over the batter and place the pan on middle rack in the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.

  • Remove cake from oven and set aside to completely cool.

  • To make the frosting, in a large bowl, add package of chocolate pudding and cold milk. Using an electric mixer, whisk until thick and glossy, about 1 minute. Gently fold in prepared whipped cream until well combined.

  • When cake is completely cool, carefully transfer it to a decorative serving platter. Spread frosting evenly over the top of the cake and serve.

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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My mother make this recently (using directions from the tv show it was on - not from this recipe printed here and it looked like the picture and was delicious! I made it and I think there are differences (and an error or two in this one....I think you should use EITHER the fudge packet from the cake mix OR the cocoa powder. I used both...My cake was entirely chocolate - except for the ricotta filling. Also, it said here to take 2/3 CUP of the mix and put into the pan, then mix cocoa powder into the rest. I think it meant put 2/3 of the entire mix..not 2/3 cup... All of the cheese mixture sunk to the bottom and the chocolate cake rose to the top. It is still tasty, but not what I was hoping for from what my mother made. I read the other review and no one else mentioned this...I hope future bakers have better luck!! (I'll try it again and will hope for a better result! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cake was well worth the effort! It was very delicious! Not too rich, just right, a great change from the usual chocolate. Its sort of like a cheesecake (I guess it is, really but different! I thought the icing recipe went perfect! I whipped my own cream and mixed the pudding in, then put it into a pipe bag (ziploc and kept it separate until we ate a slice..i didnt want the icing seeping into the cake after a couple of days in the as we wanted a slice, I cut a piece and then piped some icing was perfect! Thanks! Definitely a keeper for my recipe box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for a co-worker's birthday and they have been hounding me ever since! It is super easy and very yummy. If you don't like the flavor or texture of the ricotta, try using a normal cheese cake batter instead. i item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fun and easy to do, very yummy and different. The cake is not too sweet, but perfectly chocolatey. I used mini chocolate chips, and sprinkled some extra on top of the whipped cream frosting to make my love's birthday cake that much more special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been making this cake for family and friends for 8 years. Everyone loves it. I am asked to bring it wherever I go. It MUST be chilled for 8 hours, or overnight for best taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was a good cake. It was moist and tasty. My whole family enjoyed it! It did'nt last more then 24 hours! item not reviewed by moderator and published
please do not take but i do not like cheese like ricotta in cake item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. And people love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake for my husband for Valentine's Day and he loved it. It's very easy to make and VERY good. We had enough left over that my inlaws and my husband's aunt and a friend of hers had some too a few days later and it was a hit with them, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had made this cake for a teacher's birthday, and some of my friends also joined in on the taste testing. The cake was a big hit and went with the theme of love being Valentine's Day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cake made with mix.Toping was still like chocolate pudding. item not reviewed by moderator and published
really was not the hit as expected item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family enjoyed this cake, but it didn't "WOW" them. so in our opinion Love is too strong of a name and we would call this like a lot cake but not love cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Then why would you make it? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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