For Easter or any special occasion serve this Italian cake. So easy to make, just put it all together the night before .  Serves 10  

1 Pound cake 1
1 lb Ricotta cheese, drained 500 g
1/4 cup Granulated sugar 50 mL
2 tbsp Whipping cream 25 mL
3 tbsp Orange liqueur or orange juice 50 mL
1/4 cup Semisweet chocolate chips 50 mL
1/4 cup Candied mixed fruit 50 mL

1/4 cup Butter softened 50 mL
1/2 cup Cocoa 125 mL
2 cups Confectioners sugar 500 mL
1/2 cup Hot strong coffee 125 mL
1/2 tsp Vanilla 2 mL

Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers. Set aside.

FILLING: In a large bowl, beat ricotta cheese with an electric beater until creamy. Beat in sugar, cream and liqueur. Fold in the chocolate chips and candied fruit.

ASSEMBLE: Spread filling between layer. Chill while making frosting.

FROSTING: Beat all ingredients together in mixing bowl until smooth. Add more icing sugar or water if needed for proper spreading consistency. Frost top and sides of cake. Garnish serving dish and cake for the occasion

Note: Can be prepared the night before. Refrigerate until serving.

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