Cassata Cake Recipe
Cassata Cake sounds fancy and sophisticated but has a highly complex history. This Sicilian Cassata Cake is a delightful delicacy that has its roots in Palermo, in 10th-century under Muslim Rule. The most prevalent were sheep’s milk ricotta, pistachios and citrus and mostly the fruits graced the cake with some Arabian pattern. Cassata is a celebratory cake also called a typical Sicilian dessert made by nuns for Easter and Sicilian Jews for Purim back in the 15th-century. Well, it might have a complicated history, but it is one of the most famous Italian desserts that satiates the taste buds and wow everyone devouring every single bite. Either you can get online cake delivery of cassata cake from an online cake shop or try to bake cassata cake at home.
Let’s see how it is made and how much time it might take to prepare such a scrumptious dessert…
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
1. 2 Lemons, zested
2. 1 teaspoon vanilla
3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4. 30 ounces whole milk Ricotta
5. 2 and 1/4th cups powdered sugar
6. 6 ounces semisweet mini choco chips
Needs for the Cassata Cake
1. 1 and 3/4th cups of all-purpose flour
2. 6 eggs separated
3. 3/4th cup milk
4. ½ teaspoon salt
5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
7. 2 teaspoon cornstarch
8. 2 cups of superfine granulated sugar
9. 2 sticks of melted butter
10. 1/2 cup marsala or rum
11. 2 tablespoons water
12. 4 layers of cake in total
For Decorating and Frosting of the Cassata Cake
1. 6 Maraschino Cherries
2. 6 Small Strawberries
3. 1/4th pound semisweet choc shavings
4. 1/3rd cup powdered sugar
5. 1 tablespoon Marsala or Rum
6. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
How to Prepare Cassata Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees Celsius. Grease and add parchment paper to a 2 nine-inch cake pan.
2. Now mix all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
3. Beat the yolk of the egg until a thick paste is formed, add granulated sugar, cold water and vanilla essence to it and beat it until a thick foam is prepared.
4. Gradually add flour mix (point 2) to the yolk mixture and mix everything to make a smooth batter.
5. Now beat the egg white with butter to a fine paste and, using a flexible spatula, add this foaming paste to the mixture.
6. Now, separate the mixture into 2 nine-inch cake pans and bake them at 165 degree Celsius for about 25 minutes. Once baked, let it cool off for 10 minutes and then invert.
It’s Filling Time
1. Take a large bowl and add ricotta milk, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and cinnamon powder to it. Whisk them either with a hand or electric mixture.
2. Ricotta milk has many lumps, so it might take a little time to come out with a smooth consistency.
3. Now the homogenous mixture is well incorporated, add the lemon zest and choco chips to it.
4. Make this mixture in between when your cake is baked so that as you wrap it in plastic, you can refrigerate it for a longer time till your cake cools down.
Let’s Assemble the Cassata Cake
1. Cut the layers of the cakes, and now you are ready with 4 layers of the cake where you would add the filling we will make.
2. Add rum or marsala with water and apply them to each layer of the cake with a brush.
3. Try to divide the filling into 3 parts.
4. Take a springform cake pan, put a layer of cake at the bottom.
5. Apply 1/3rd of the filling above the first layer. Gradually, add the 2nd layer to it and repeat the same.
6. Add the 3rd layer and apply the 3rd part of the filling. Now apply the 4th layer with the brown part up.
7. Now wrap the cake and put it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Frosting and Decoration - A final add-on
1. Add whipped cream, rum and sugar and beat until formed a firm frosting. If you are not using it at the same time, then refrigerate it till you use it.
2. Now take the cake out and place it on a serving plate.
3. Add frosting at the top and at the sides, make it look easy and flawless.
4. Add strawberries, choco shavings and cherries on the top.
5. And finally, your Cassata cake is ready to serve.
We hope you like this piece of art, and its easy-peasy recipe satisfies your Italian sweet cravings. Complete your feast with this delicate Cassata Cake to wow everyone’s tooth.