Not an easy cake but memorable for sure
I have a friend who retired and turned 65 at the same time, so we had a small surprise gathering of friends out for dinner and then back to the house. I volunteered to make the dessert and as her mother was from Sicily, and birthday girl had just gone to the Mediteranean last summer, I thought it appropriate to make something Italian. Lo and behold, I found just the ticket in the new Italian dessert cookbook Dolce Italiano by Gina De Palma I had just gotten. It was her adaptation of the traditional evidently national dessert of Sicily called Casata alla Siciliano. OMG, it was out of this world when I served it that night along with lemoncello and cappacino (decaf, I'm sorry to say, but we're all over 65 and needed our sleep later! but it was made with my giant size stovetop cappacino pot and served in appropriate
little white cups with gold trim!)
I don't feel I can just copy her recipe out of her book, but I'm sure you can google a suitable recipe. any way, essentially it is a sponge cake, cut into 4 layers, and soaked with a rum sauce on each layer, then filled with a ricotta, orange zest, shaved chocolate, powdered sugar and pistachio filling. Refrigerate that overnight to let it soak in, and then unmold and frost with a powdered sugar, egg white, almond extract frosting and trim with toasted almonds. Refrig again for at least 3 hours and then when ready to serve, I topped it with my newly made candied orange peel and maschino cherries.
De Palma made a comment that in Sicily it often has green frosting. Anyway every pot in the kitchen was dirty, the counter was littered, and it took a darn long time to make. (My hubby came to my rescue and washed every one of those pots and pans) I've probably only made a couple of cakes that complicated and each one marked a very special occasion. One was a maple wedding cake with homemade candied violets for one of my daughters. The other one was a Lord Baltimore cake marking a special lady's 90th bd.
If I would make it again, I would definitely change the sponge cake to one of my favorite ones --the Sunshine Sponge Cake.
WHAT REALLY COMPLICATED CAKES HAVE YOU MADE? WERE THEY WORTH IT?