Chocolate Italian Love Cake

It is suppose to snow today and I have to make a trip to Dubuque with mom.  I think I need a little Love Cake when I return.  The ricotta cheese makes it Italian.  You can substitute cream cheese for the ricotta if you like.  
1 package chocolate cake
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (5.1 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup cold milk
8 oz. Cool Whip
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 × 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
Mix together your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer, beat together the ricotta cheese (or cream cheese), eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Once the cake batter is in place, carefully pour the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter. Spread to cover the cake batter as best as you can.
Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
Once the cake is cool, stir the pudding mix and milk together with a whisk until combined. Carefully, fold the Cool Whip into the pudding until combined.
Spread the pudding mixture over the top of the cooled cake. Cover the cake and refrigerate until you serve.  Refrigerate left overs.  It is even better the next day. 
Wishing you much love and happiness in your life.  May God bless you and yours.   

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