Absolutely fabulous so I wanted to make it again. I finally had a good enough excuse and made it this morning. As cupcakes. Fabulous.
So experimented just a tiny bit. I had to use 2 15 ounce packages of ricotta so I weighed out 2 ounces of cream cheese and beat it before putting the ricotta cheese in. I made 24 cupcakes and had enough to fill my au gratin pan.
edit* When you go to the link you will find that the recipe states that you can vary the flavors. I haven't managed to do it but a friend has and I got to taste 2 different ones;
- strawberry cake with vanilla pudding in the frosting and strawberries sliced on top
- Lemon cake with lemon pudding in the frosting.
edit* I made this AGAIN for a cake auction, I divided it into 2 smaller foil pans and made it cheese cakier...by substituting some cream cheese and sour cream for some of the ricotta cheese. (Beat the softened 8 oz. cream cheese before adding the other ingredients) Really I did it very roughly in my head and used what I had in the fridge. I love the flavor 1 Tablespoon vanilla adds to these too. One I even put a tablespoon of lemon juice in, so good. Oh, and I had some leftover regular frosting (the recipe for the frosting is here...not regular frosting really) in the fridge that I thinned with heavy cream and then folded into the cool whip with the pudding. The 2 cakes sold for $90 at the cub scout cake auction on April 4, 2014.
*edit, again...I made this 3/1/2015 Went to the store and bought just the ingredients for this cake and it was $12.29. Well worth it. One thing I learned the last time I made it my husband bought the low fat ricotta cheese and IT WAS NOT AS GOOD. Get the whole milk kind; it's a treat, just don't eat it everyday!
August 19, 2016
I took my version of this cake to the Jefferson, Idaho County fair Death by Chocolate contest. It won 2nd place in the senior division. I did not get a ribbon; I got an envelope with $ 15.00 dollars in it. Then anyone there could taste the food the judges did not eat. I grabbed my cake and brought it home when there were 3 small pieces left. (I used 1 Tablespoon of the Mexican vanilla I had and I think it was too much.) I'd like to make it even cheese cakier next time...maybe red velvet cheese cake....