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    Chocolate Cassata

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    SusieQusie's Note:

    Chocolate and orange - some of my favorite flavors. Use a yellow pound cake if you can't find a ready made chocolate one. Or make one from the many recipes here on Zaar.

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    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (scant 1 cup)
    • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup brewed espresso (or 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water)


    • 2 cups ricotta cheese
    • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 3 ounces chocolate (sweet, semi-sweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate, in one chunk)
    • 1 chocolate pound cake (store-bought or homemade)
    • 4 tablespoons orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.)


    1. 1
      Frosting: Place chocolate, butter and espresso in a small heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler. Set over gently simmering water, with the bottom not the touching water. Stir until melted, smooth and combined.
    2. 2
      Remove from heat and refrigerate until firm, stirring every 15 minutes, about 1 hour.
    3. 3
      Filling: In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, sugar and orange zest. Using a grater, grate the chocolate chunk into the bowl and fold into the ricotta.
    4. 4
      Assembly: Using a serrated knife, slice the pound cake horizontally to form 3 equal layers. Place 1 layer on a flat plate and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons orange liqueur. Spread 1/2 of the ricotta mixture on top.
    5. 5
      Top with second layer layer, sprinkle with remaining orange liqueur and spread with the rest of the ricotta. Place 3rd cake layer on top.
    6. 6
      Using a narrow spatula, frost top and sides with the cooled chocolate mixture.
    7. 7
      Refrigerate until serving time but no longer than 8 hours.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 12, 2008


      Icelanders like a combo of choc & orange. Cognac & Grand Mariner are favored after-dinner drinks & *Konfect* often eaten w/the Grand Marnier (Icelandic Russel Stover wannabe, but better). I made this crowd-pleaser dessert for a dinner party we attended Sat nite. I used a pre-made choc pound cake (smaller than the std pound cake) & prob could have made just half the filling. I applied the Grand Marnier w/a soft pastry brush to the cake layers & chilled ea layer as I assembled it. My frosting did not get firm, but I cannot recall ever having made a cooked frosting b4 & am sure I messed it up (not a fault of the recipe). I fixed it by adding cream cheese & powd sugar till I had a good spreading consistency. Thx for sharing the recipe for this decadent dessert w/us. Yum!

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    • on February 13, 2007


      This is a really great dessert recipe, & I recommend it to any one & everyone! I did, however, change a few things [my other half has been in AA for 16 years as of last night!] ~ I included only a very small bit of espresso (so that I could claim it was in there!). I also substituted OJ for the orange liqueur & added a little more orange zest. And, it turned out really great! However, another time I want to make the recipe AS IS & probably take it to a potluck or family gathering! Thank you so much for sharing this great combination of chocolate & orange!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chocolate Cassata

    Serving Size: 1 (127 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 399.3
    Calories from Fat 344
    Total Fat 38.2 g
    Saturated Fat 24.0 g
    Cholesterol 77.0 mg
    Sodium 62.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
    Sugars 4.0 g
    Protein 10.3 g

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    chocolate pound cake

    orange liqueur

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