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Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cake

You'll love my Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cake! It's a delicious blend of ricotta, mascarpone and chocolate, stuffed between two layers of a buttery crust that will make this the best ricotta cake you've ever tasted.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10
Calories: 554kcal


Cake aka crust

  • 2⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 oz very cold butter sliced thinly
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp Tuaca or your favorite liquor. Amaretto, Frangelica or Sambucca are good choices.

Ricotta Filling

  • 8 oz ricotta
  • 8 oz Mascarpone
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • ¼ cup pistachios Optional
  • dust with confectioners sugar Optional



  • In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients for the crust together, except the butter
  • Cut the butter into very thin slices and add it to the mixture working it in gently, you don't want the butter to blend in, the mixture should be chunky*

Ricotta Filling

  • Mix the ricotta, mascarpone, egg and sugar using a fork.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir to blend


  • Press half of the cake mixture gently into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan that has been greased with butter and dusted with flour. (do not mash it down!)
  • Spread the mixture evenly on top of the crust
  • Sprinkle pistachios ver the top of the crust
  • Crumble the remainder of the crust over the filling, covering the filling completely*
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes at 350°
  • Torta is best served at room temperature.


*Original recipe called for grappa, feel free to use your favorite liqueur.
* put the butter in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes before slicing it.
*you can press down the crust on top of the filling but be very gentle, the crust forms as the butter melts, giving the cake that rustic look.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1.8mg