Easy Chocolate Italian Love Cake

This Italian Love Cake starts with a boxed cake mix for an easy dessert recipe that only looks fancy! With chocolate, sweet ricotta and a whipped pudding topping, the layered Italian cake is moist, rich and perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion!
This Italian Love Cake starts with a boxed cake mix for an easy dessert recipe that only looks fancy! With chocolate, sweet ricotta and a whipped pudding topping, the layered Italian cake is moist, rich and perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion!

Ingredients
  • 1 (15.25 oz) package chocolate cake mix, PLUS additional ingredients called for on the package (my cake mix package required 1.25 cups water, 1/2 cup oil, and 3 eggs)

For the Filling:
  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed (such as Cool Whip)

Instructions
Prepare the Cake Batter:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In  large bowl, mix together cake batter according to package instructions.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread to fill the pan evenly. Set aside (do NOT bake yet).

Prepare the Filling:
  1. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Carefully pour the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter. Spread to cover cake as best you can (the layers will switch during baking).
  3. Bake the cake for 1 hour.