Cassata siciliana

Cassata siciliana

Cooking a Cassata or Cassata siciliana ,  the traditional dessert  from Sicily.

It consists of round Pan di Spagna (Sponge Cake)  moistened with  liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese, candied peel, and a chocolate or vanilla filling similar to cannoli cream.

It is covered with a shell of marzipan  and decorative designs.

The cassata is topped with candied fruit depicting cherries and slices of citrus fruit characteristic of Sicily.