Ricotta Cake: Meals With Mileage Leftovers

Brianne DiSylvester

Flickr photo by ilovememphis
Got any ricotta cheese left over from yesterday's Summer Pasta Dish? You're in for a treat.

Growing up, my family and I all gathered at my Nona's (grandmother in Italian) for Sunday dinner.

She was the BEST cook. She'd always make the same thing, too: Salad, breaded chicken cutlets, garlic roasted pork loin, roasted potatoes, pasta, and meatballs.

Yes, this was all for about 10 people, but still, it was a ton of food.

For dessert, the grownups always had coffee and ricotta cake. I stuck to the Italian cookies when I was really little but have since started loving ricotta cake.

It's a really easy way to spice up plain old yellow cake and leave your guests wondering what the secret ingredient is that makes it so moist:

Ricotta Cake

  • 2 lb ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 box yellow cake mix

1. In a bowl, combine ricotta, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.

2. In another bowl, make yellow cake mix according to box's directions.

3. Combine both bowls and pour into a 9" x 13" cake pan.

4. Bake at 350 for 60 to 65 minutes.

Optional: Sprinkle powdered sugar over top.

What was your favorite childhood dessert?

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