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Makeover Ricotta Nut Torte

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


16 servings

Looking for a special, lightened-up treat? Lots of thin layers and a luscious frosting make this cake a winner that's sure to draw plenty of oohs and aahs. —Suzanne Runtz, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina


  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), grated
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • Whole hazelnuts and shaved chocolate, optional


  1. Line three 8-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Coat pans with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat ricotta cheese and sugar until smooth; beat in vanilla. Fold in pecans and grated chocolate. Cover and chill.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  4. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup filling. Repeat layers four times. Top with remaining cake layer.
  6. Spread whipped topping over top and sides of cake. Garnish with hazelnuts and shaved chocolate if desired. Chill until serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 372 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • salpif
    Sep 30, 2013

    My cakes came out as flat as pancakes; there was no way I could have cut them in half. Wondering what I did incorrectly. I made sure that my ingredients were fresh. Ay suggestions?

  • grandmacol
    Jan 20, 2013

    I have made this cake many times using a cake mix. Make a yellow cake mix (I like the ones that have pudding in the mix) per box instructions. When cake has cooled, crumble cake and layer the crumbled cake and ricotta mixture in a bundt pan, pressing down after each layer. Refrigerate over night and then ice with cool whip or serve cool whip with each slice. (to make it easy to get cake out of pan, set in hot water for a few minutes before putting on cake plate.

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    Oct 5, 2011


  • imatmomsplace55
    Jan 24, 2011

    This makeover was good on the first day but progressively got better on second day and on third day it was gone - well worth the 10 pts on weight watchers if all of your family is watching the points - second day the flavor of the chocolate and pecans were definitely distinguished.