The Cassata Siciliana is the most iconic Sicilian cake, an elaborate dessert made with sponge cake, moistened with liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese, covered with marzipan and decorated with candied fruits and royal icing.
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The Sicilian cassata is a round, moulded cake shaped in a bowl lined with layers of sponge cake, the chief ingredients are sheep’s milk ricotta (it is sweeter and more delicate than ricotta made with cows milk), mixed with sugar, small bits of dark chocolate and candied citrus and zuccata (candied pumpkin). Within Sicily there are some variations which vary by location and family tradition, for example some recipes include an additional layer of sponge cake in the centre as well as the casing.