Italian Chocolate Cake

A combination of chocolate marble cake and cheesecake with a creamy chocolate topping, this Italian Chocolate Cake is an absolute must try.

A combination of chocolate marble cake and cheesecake with a creamy chocolate topping, this Italian Chocolate Cake is an absolute must try.
Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (and ingredients necessary to prepare the cake)
  • 2 lbs. ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 box (3¾ oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13" pan with nonstick spray.
  • Prepare cake batter as directed on box and pour into 9 x 13 pan.
  • In separate bowl, combine ricotta, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.
  • Carefully pour the cheese mixture over the top of the unbaked cake batter, spreading as evenly as possible.
  • Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. Do not frost until completely cool. Best to refrigerate overnight.
  • Make chocolate pudding according to package directions and fold in cool whip. Spread over the cake, cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving.
  • Decorate with cherries and sprinkles, Christmas sprinkles or simply dust with cocoa powder.