Cassata, Sponge Cake Layered with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream


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Italians are credited for creating yet another famous dessert , the Cassata.

The name cassata literally means "little case" due to its brick shape. Cassata is an ice-cream, shaped like a brick, consisting of layers of ice-creams of different flavours on liqueur soaked sponge.

This is the Sicilian version of the dessert. I have chosen ready-made ice-cream to make a quick dessert. You may make the ice-cream yourself at home.

Rum steeped sponge cake, topped with a layer of strawberry ice-cream, flavoured rum soaked sultanas, candied peel, finally topped with coffee cinnamon ice-cream and garnished with grated chocolate.

You can prepare the cassata upto 2 to 3 days in advance and keep it frozen. A great dessert for a great evening!

Also do try other Italian desserts like Tiramisu , Almond Biscotti and Sicilian Orange Almond Cake .

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Cassata, Sponge Cake Layered with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream recipe - How to make Cassata, Sponge Cake Layered with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream

Setting time:  7 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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For The First Layer
1/2 eggless sponge cake
1 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp rum

For The Second Layer
250 ml vanilla ice-cream
4 tbsp rum
2 tbsp raisins (kismis)
2 tsp chopped candied peel
1 tbsp chopped and roasted almonds (badam)
2 tsp strawberry crush

For The Third Layer
250 ml coffee ice-cream or vanilla ice-cream mixed with 1 teaspoon instant instant coffee powder powder , dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water
1/8 tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder

For The Garnish
grated chocolate

For the first layer

    For the first layer
  1. Line the sponge cake on the base of 125 mm. (5") diameter glass bowl or a freezer proof dish.
  2. Mix the powdered sugar and rum with 2 tablespoons of water and soak the sponge with this mixture.

For the second layer

    For the second layer
  1. Soak the raisins and candied peel in the rum for about 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Mix the vanilla ice-cream with the rum soaked sultanas, candied peel, almonds and strawberry crush.
  3. Spread this mixture over the first sponge layer.
  4. Freeze for about 3 to 4 hours until the ice-cream is firm.

For the third layer

    For the third layer
  1. Combine the coffee ice-cream with the cinnamon.
  2. Spread this coffee ice-cream mixture on top of the second layer (of ice-cream), cover and freeze till it has set for approximately 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Cut into pieces and serve chilled, garnished with grated chocolate.


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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy411 cal
Protein6.9 g
Carbohydrates53.7 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat13.1 g
Cholesterol13.8 mg
Sodium85.6 mg

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Cassata, Sponge Cake Layered with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream
 on 21 Mar 19 07:29 AM

meaning of rum
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Rajni, Rum is a hard liquor. You can skip if you do not consume alcohol.
23 Mar 19 09:28 AM