Me Amore' - Italian Love Cake

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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • For The Cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees*.
  • Grease and flour a 12x15x3 cake pan.
  • Prepare the cake according to the package instructions; using the 3 eggs and vegetable oil.
  • Pour the cake mix into the prepared pan, spread evenly, and set aside.
  • SPECIAL TIP: If desired, mix cake batter using 1 cup water and 1/4 cup Anisette, Limoncello, Frangelico or other liqueur in place of the 1 1/4 cups of water as called for on the package directions.
  • With a mixer on medium speed, beat the remaining eggs; add the ricotta cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until sooth and fluffy.
  • Carefully pour over the middle of the cake mix. DO NOT SPREAD OR BLEND THE TWO BATTERS TOGETHER.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. (Ricotta cheese will go to the bottom.)
  • Remove from the oven; cool in pan on baker's rack.
  • For The Topping:
  • In a food processor or blender, blend the first 5 ingredients together.
  • Add chilled butter cubes; cut in until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  • To Finish Off The Cake:
  • Cool cake until warm, about 1 hour. Evenly sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar crumbles over the cake.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or gelato and a cup of steaming espresso. "That's Amore' !".
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  • TO DRAIN RICOTTA CHEESE: Wrap ricotta in a double layer of cheesecloth. Place in a colander, weighed down with 2 or 3 soup-like cans from your pantry. Drain over a bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • *NOTE: If using a glass baking dish or disposable foil pan, bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
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