Sicilian Love Cake

36 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofValerie Bertinelli

Total: 2 hr 10 min Cook: 30 min

Yield: 12 servings

Level: Intermediate



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus the ingredients called for in the directions
  • Canola oil, for preparing the pan 
  • Mascarpone-Ricotta Filling:
  • 28 ounces ricotta cheese (3 1/2 cups)
  • 4 ounces mascarpone (1/2 cup) 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cocoa-Mascarpone Frosting:
  • 10 ounces mascarpone (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • One 3.9-ounce box instant chocolate pudding mix 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 


  • Preheat the oven according to the cake mix directions. Coat a 9-by-13-inch pan with canola oil. Prepare the cake batter according to the cake mix directions, pour into the prepared pan and set aside.

  • To make the filling: Combine the ricotta, mascarpone, eggs, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until smooth. Gently pour the filling onto the cake pan of chocolate batter so the top is completely white. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean and the chocolate layer has risen to the top, about 40 minutes. Let the cake cool completely.

  • To make the frosting: Just before serving, blend together the mascarpone, milk, chocolate pudding mix and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting evenly over the cake and serve.

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36 Ratings

Barbara B.
I saw Valerie do this cake on her show and thought it would be perfect for my upcoming event. Then I read the reviews and got panicky. But I went through with it and was so glad with the outcome. I did have to cook the cake for 55 minutes instead of 40, so I understood some of the negative reviews. I also used only 2 eggs in the ricotta mixture because my eggs were jumbos and I wanted to avoid a layer that was too wet. I used half and half in the frosting instead of milk. Everyone at my event loved the cake - dessert lovers and non-dessert lovers as well. Definitely will make this again. See All Reviews Post Review

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