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Lisa’s Nana’s Ricotta Cake

This recipe is part of Menu 13 in Lisa’s cookbook “Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?”. That menu gathers many of the treasured recipes that Lisa’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Lione, taught her. including stuffed peppers, manicotti and this recipe – Ricotta Cake! This recipe ended so many Sunday Dinners at Lisa’s grandparents’ house! It brings back happy memories of Lisa’s grandfather, Gramps, regaling his grandchildren with his stories of the “good ol’ days” and Nana saying, “Oh Frank!”

You can watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Nana’s Ricotta Cake Ingredients:

1 Box (18 1/4 ounces) Butter Yellow Cake Mix

3 eggs

1 1/4 cups water

1 3/4 cups Ricotta

3 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Confectioners’ Sugar

Lisa’s Nana’s Ricotta Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 13×9 inch glass baking dish. Prepare the yellow cake mix according to the package directions with the eggs, water, and butter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta and eggs, adding the eggs one at a time. Add the granulated sugar and vanilla and mix well. Pour the ricotta mixture over the cake batter. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the heat of your oven.

Test with a toothpick. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar or serve with berries.

Yum-o! 🙂

Author

  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit www.lisacaponigri.com to learn more about Lisa!

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About the Author
Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit www.lisacaponigri.com to learn more about Lisa!