This is really a great recipe as is, but I like to experiment and have had some good results with both the original and my own modifications (friends pleading for recipe is a good sign!).
I used two 8-oz. packages of mascarpone cheese, plus one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, and several tablespoons of fresh lemon juice as modifications to the cream cheese mixture. Also increased heavy cream to 2 cups. Folded 1 1/2 bars (6 oz.) of shaved Ghirardelli white chocolate to the combined cream mixture as a last step in that process.
Omitted the cocoa dusting.
Fresh,homemade poundcake works best and is worth the time. Used 1 1/2 loaves.
For raspberries, thawed and crushed (with juice) 1 1/2 10 oz. packages and mixed with approximately 1 cup of raspberry liqueur (Razzmataz). Used this mixture to generously cover each pound cake layer. It was more like a cold compote, but delicious.
Used 1 pint of fresh raspberries (3 total) for each of the berry layers, saving about a dozen to garnish the top.
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This is really a great recipe as is, but I like to experiment and have had some good results...