Absolutely Delicious 'Scratch' Cake!

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
Alyssa Peters
Recipe by  Alyssa Peters

“This recipe was originated by one of my mom's friends, who made it totally from scratch one night at a homeless shelter, when they ran out of ingredients. They used whatever they had. It was served, and the people loved it! This recipe has been passed around ever since! It's a delicious cake that people go ga-ga over! It's best when made the day before. Frost with whipped topping and serve with fresh fruit.”

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Original recipe yields 1 9x13-inch cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Mix together ricotta, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon or lemon juice. Pour mixture over cake batter, but do not mix it in.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

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This wasn't at all what I expected. It was rather bland and odd tasting. I thought it would be somewhat like a cheesecake, but it's not. I would not make it again.



This was the worst cake I have ever baked!!!! I had it for New Years day. I followed the directions fully but the cake had no flavor and the cheese mixture settled to the bottom and tasted terrible!! Needless to say no one at the dinner liked it. I have usually had good luck with other recipes but this one takes the cake, literately!



I've made this several times in the past few years and people always love it. Because it is not as sweet as other cakes, we pour strawberry topping (frozen or canned types) on top of ours and it tastes yummy!

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Amount Per Serving (18 total)

  • Calories
  • 298 cal
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 9.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 279 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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