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For as simple as it is, this Chocolate Italian Love Cake has a lot of complexity to it. And if you like chocolate, you’ll absolutely, well, love it. Love has many layers. Sometimes, it is light and airy; other times, it is a bit darker and more heavy. It also shifts over time. In that respect, you could say that this yummy love cake is a good metaphor for its namesake. And you can have it prepped and baked in a little over an hour without too much hassle – unless you consider waiting on such deliciousness to set in the refrigerator a hassle, I suppose.
Yes, the layers actually shift during baking. Nice trick, eh? I really like the contrast of the chocolate flavor with the lighter ricotta and the basic but very flavorful Cool Whip frosting. And though it’s very much edible after a few hours’ refrigeration, I think that you will agree that it tastes better if you give it the full overnight chill time. Oh, and great though this chocolate creation idea is, you can use this same basic idea for a variety of flavors; just adjust the flavor of the pudding you use in the frosting to fit the flavor cake that you decide to choose.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Chew Nibble Nosh
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Quick tip: Use your favorite instant pudding mix for a new flavor!