Yellow cake gets dressed up with a vanilla bean ricotta cheesecake filling. This cake is so simple to make and tastes delicious – the vanilla flavor really shines!
What are your thoughts on baking with cake mix? I don’t use boxed cake mixes all that often, but sometimes I like to take a little help from the grocery store! Plus, there is something about the flavor of boxed cake mix that is just so delicious.
Ever since Cheesecake Day the other day, I’ve had cheesecake on the brain. And I also had a container of ricotta to use up, so I decided to try something very different from anything I’ve ever made – Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Cake.
I love baking with vanilla beans! The little seeds add the most incredible flavor to baked goods. Plus the bean specks are so pretty. And today, I have a fabulous giveaway for you – a basket full of Nielsen-Massey products, including vanilla beans! It is valued over $200! Scroll down to the end of the post and enter to win!
Is Cheesecake Cake a thing? We have ricotta cheesecake, but it is definitely inside a cake. So yep, I say that cheesecake cake is a thing! A very delicious thing. And a very easy thing! Seriously this is so simple to make. You just mix cake mix with eggs, oil, and water and pour it into a pan. Then mix together ricotta, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla bean (for a double dose of vanilla flavor!) and spoon it on top. The ricotta cheesecake mixture kind of sinks to the middle of the cake during baking – it gives the cake the most amazing texture! It is so moist. I know we all hate that word but really there is no other way to describe this cake – it is super moist!!
So let’s talk a little more about vanilla beans. There is no getting around it – they are expensive. But they are so worth it. If I ever see them on sale, I love to stock up! They give the most incredible rich vanilla flavor to anything you put them in. Plus they look so pretty. Check out the little specks:
Pretty fun, right?
To use a vanilla bean, place it on a cutting board and split the bean in half with a sharp knife. The smell at this point is unreal. Such a great smell! Then use the back of the knife to scrape the seeds out of the inside of the bean. Make sure to scrape both halves of the bean to get all the seeds!
When you are done with the seeds, don’t throw the pods away! Put them in a container of sugar and seal it. After a week or two, remove the pods and you have vanilla sugar! It is great to bake with or put in coffee or tea.
Yellow cake gets dressed up with a vanilla bean ricotta cheesecake filling. This cake is so simple to make and tastes delicious - the vanilla flavor really shines!
- 3 large ggs, lightly beaten
- 1 32 oz container part skim ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- seeds from 1 vanilla bean
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13"x9" baking pan and line with a long strip of foil, leaving the ends of the foil hanging over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and ricotta cheese until smooth and well combined. Add the sugar and beat very well, at least one minute. Stir in the vanilla and the vanilla bean seeds.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs; beat until well combined. Pour the cake mix into the pan and spread evenly. Carefully spoon ricotta mixture on top of cake batter. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into squares and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
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I’m not a fan of box mix either but this sounds absolutely delightful!! Vanilla beans are definitely worth the money, I totally agree with that.
Thanks, Lynn! I don’t use box mix very often, but sometimes i like to take a shortcut 😉
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
This looks delicious – and I love anything with vanilla bean in it! 🙂
Thanks, Kristi! Vanilla beans are the best – they add such great flavor!
Amy | Club Narwhal says
Cate, this is GORGEOUS! I love those little vanilla bean specks. I bet it made this taste so, so delicious 🙂 Thanks so much for organizing this awesome giveaway!
Thanks, Amy!! Vanilla beans make everything taste better, don’t they?? Thanks for joining in the giveaway!
Alice // Hip Foodie Mom says
Hi Cate! Love this cheesecake CAKE! What a fabulous idea and esp LOVE the vanilla bean ricotta cheesecake filling. Delicious and looks sooooo good!
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
Mmmm….that looks so sweet and delicious. Love using vanilla beans. This looks perfect!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This cake looks delicious, Cate! I think using box mixes is sometimes a necessity, like in this cake! It sounds amazing, especially with the vanilla beans. Pinned!
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
Cate, this is such a cool cake! Cheesecake cakes are the best kinds of cake, in my opinion! This looks fabulous (I can’t believe it was partly made with cake mix). And vanilla beans always make simple desserts extra special.
Zainab @ Blahnik baker says
Oh my gosh what a great idea…cheesecake cake. Definitely a thing man!!! Love the good dose of vanilla in these 🙂
This cake looks fabulous, Cate! Cheesecake cake is such a fabulous idea! Love the vanilla beans in the cheesecake filling! Sounds delicious 🙂
This is so cool! I love how the ricotta bit sinks to the bottom in it’s own layer. It’s a layer cake without all the work!
Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker says
What a cool idea! This cake looks amazing :). I love hybrid desserts.
Wow I really feel old I took a shot of looking recipe up on google instead of tearing thru a hodge podge of paper w/ tons of chicken scratch ( ol’ timers) but in this case might be gold lol ,but this has always been n will always be a family favorite you any of you girls never made or ate ( shockingly) ! The way to a mans heart is thru his stomach this is one of this ways thru his heart!
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