I have seen many versions of this Italian classic in cookbooks, but they all are made in a single springform pan. They are delicious, but tend to fall in the center as they cool......and....they don't have frosting. I like cakes with frosting. So.....this is a hybrid cake with two layers and yummy Ricotta Cheese Frosting. There is a nice hint of orange in this recipe. I think you will find that the orange flavor is the perfect compliment to the almond infused flavors of the cake. Although this could be considered a Celebration Cake...for me....I could serve this any day of the year!
1Prepare 2 (8 inch) cake pans by greasing well. Line the bottom of pans with waxed paper or parchment paper. Grease the paper. Dust entire pan(s) with flour. Tap out excess.
2Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 325 degrees for convection oven.
3Sift cake flour with baking powder and baking soda 3 times. Measure almond meal. Add to flour and mix well with a fork. Set aside.
4In a large bowl beat the 4 egg yolks with the sugar, cream and cheese. Do this with a whisk by hand. Add the salt, zest, amaretto and almond extract. Whisk well.
5Add the flour/almond meal mix all at once and fold in with a rubber spatula until well mixed.
6In a separate bowl (not plastic), beat the 4 egg whites until stiff but not dry. I do this with a hand held mixer. Fold the beaten whites into the cake batter until well incorporated. Fold...do not beat or stir.
7Divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake about 25 minutes. Cakes will press back when touched and test dry with a pick.
8Cool cakes on a rack for 20 minutes before flipping back on to rack and unmolding from pans. Remove the paper. Cool completely on the rack.
9In a medium bowl mix/beat all the frosting ingredients until smooth.
10Frost the cake and garnish with the sliced almonds. Keep cake covered in the refrigerator. Remove cake from fridge about 1 hour before serving to take the chill off.
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