How to Make a Cassata Cake

How to Make a Cassata Cake

Cassata cake is a delightful and traditional Italian dessert that combines rich layers of sponge cake, sweet ricotta cheese filling, candied fruit, and chocolate. This delectable treat is perfect for special occasions and celebrations. In this article, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of making a delicious cassata cake that will impress your friends and family.

There are 7 Effective Process of Making a Cassata Cake


Before you embark on making a cassata cake, gather all the necessary ingredients to ensure a smooth baking process. You’ll need:

For the Sponge Cake Layers:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the Ricotta Filling:

  • 2 cups of whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped candied fruit (citron, cherries, and orange peel)
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

For the Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of rum or marsala wine (optional)

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract

For Decoration:

  • Candied fruit and chopped pistachios (optional)

Prepare the Sponge Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prepare the Ricotta Filling

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, candied fruit, and mini chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the filling until you are ready to assemble the cake.

Prepare the Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water and granulated sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool. You can add rum or marsala wine to the syrup if desired.

Assemble the Cassata Cake

  • Place one sponge cake layer on a serving plate. Drizzle it with the syrup.
  • Spread a layer of the ricotta filling evenly over the cake.
  • Top with the second cake layer and drizzle with more syrup.
  • Spread the remaining ricotta filling over the second cake layer.

Make the Icing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and almond extract until smooth.
  • Pour the icing over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.

Decorate the Cake

  • Garnish the cassata cake with candied fruit and chopped pistachios, if desired.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the cake to set.


Can I use store-bought sponge cake for making a cassata cake?

Yes, you can use store-bought sponge cake if you’re short on time or prefer a more convenient option. However, making the sponge cake from scratch allows you to customize the flavor and texture of the cake layers. If you choose to use store-bought cake, ensure it’s of good quality, and make sure it complements the other elements of your cassata cake.

Can I omit the alcohol in the syrup when making cassata cake?

Absolutely, you can omit the alcohol in the syrup for your cassata cake. The rum or marsala wine is an optional ingredient and can be left out if you prefer a non-alcoholic version. The syrup primarily serves to keep the cake moist and add a touch of flavor. You can replace the alcohol with additional water or fruit juice for a suitable non-alcoholic alternative.

How far in advance can I prepare a cassata cake for an event?

Cassata cake is best when allowed to chill and set for several hours or even overnight. You can prepare the cake a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator, covered to prevent it from drying out. This resting period allows the flavors to meld and the cake to become more cohesive, resulting in a more delicious and satisfying dessert. However, for optimal freshness, it’s best to consume the cassata cake within 2-3 days of preparation


Cassata cake is a classic Italian dessert that’s sure to impress your guests. By following these steps and paying attention to the details, you can create a delicious and beautiful cassata cake for your next special occasion. Enjoy this delightful treat that combines the flavors of Italy in every bite!

Thomas Walker
Hi there! My name is Thomas, and I'm a baker, chef, and outdoor cook with a passion for creating delicious meals and sharing my recipes with others. I've always loved spending time in the kitchen, whether I'm whipping up a batch of cookies or grilling up some burgers in the backyard. In addition to cooking and baking, I also enjoy writing about my culinary adventures. I love sharing my recipes and cooking tips with others, and I hope that my blogs can inspire people to get creative in the kitchen. Whether I'm sharing a recipe for my famous chocolate chip cookies or giving tips on how to grill the perfect steak, I always strive to provide useful and enjoyable content for my readers. When I'm not in the kitchen or writing, you can usually find me exploring the great outdoors. I love to camp, hike, and spend time in nature, and I always try to incorporate a bit of the outdoors into my cooking as well. Whether I'm cooking over a campfire or grilling up some veggies from my backyard garden, I always find a way to bring a bit of the outdoors into my culinary creations. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my recipes and cooking tips!

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