“This looked gorgeous - I just opened my new issue of FIRST magazine and thought this was a stunning cake as they had it photographed! Haven't tried it yet, but posting here for future reference. Wow! **Cooking/prep time does not include cooling time. ZWT4 - A Cassata is a Sicilian/Italian traditional dessert and can vary.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In bowl of mixer on medium speed, beat almond paste and 11/3cups water for 2 minutes.
  3. Add next 3 ingredients (cake mix, eggs and oil).
  4. On low speed, beat 30 seconds; scrape bowl then beat 2 more minutes on medium speed.
  5. Divide between two 8-inch round cake pans coated with flour based cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean; cool on rack.
  7. Halve cakes.
  8. In bowl of electric mixer, beat next 2 ingredients (cream cheese and mascarpone), 1 cup heavy cream, 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract 2 minutes.
  9. Beat remaining cream and sugar 2 minutes, then fold into cream cheese mixture.
  10. Place 1 cake layer on plate; top with 1 cup cream mixture. Repeat twice.
  11. Coat cake with remaining cream mixture and top with berries (using a mix of berries like strawberries, raspberries citrus curls and edible flowers looked terrific in the photo!).
  12. Enjoy! ;).

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