Cassata alla Siciliana

This is our classic celebration cake of choice for Christmas.

A rum-infused ricotta filling, laced with shards of dark chocolate, chopped glace cherries and toasted almonds, is sandwiched between three layers of a sherry-soaked Genoise style orange-zest-speckled sponge.

All smothered beneath a layer of cream cheese frosting and marzipan, topped with almond paste fruits, a scattering of glace cherries and slithers of candied citrus peel.

The thinnest of slices usually suffices.

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