Lemon Ricotta Cake

03.16.2018

This Lemon Ricotta Cake is the perfect dessert to welcome spring! It’s an Italian inspired, made from scratch cake that has such an irresistible flavor. The ricotta in the cake lends moisture and a delicious richness and the lemon zest adds a welcome zing. Trust me, this is a cake people wont forget about!

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Admittedly this is a not so traditional Italian Ricotta Cake – the more traditional ricotta cake is made either with either almond flour or semolina flour.

I’ve tried the almond version and while it’s so delicious I actually prefer this softer version made with all white flour.

Lemon Ricotta Cake

A Perfect Cake

This ricotta cake is perfectly rich, it has a good density (similar to muffins), it’s amazingly moist, and perfectly lemony.

And it’s perfectly highlighted with toppings of fresh, lightly sweetened strawberries and fluffy whipped cream. The blend of the three layers together is simply dreamy.

Lemon Ricotta Cake

A Cake fit for Brunch

I love that this cake isn’t overly sweet, in fact it would even make an ideal weekend breakfast/brunch cake. Serve it to guests on Friday night for dessert then save what’s left (if there is any) for breakfast on Saturday – sounds like a good plan to me!

Lemon Ricotta Cake

A Cake Recipe You’ll Want on Repeat

Unfortunately this cake of mine is already gone (I made this cake a few weeks ago, I’m a few weeks ahead with recipes to share).

But no worries, I’ve bought more ricotta to make it again! It’s a perfect spring treat and I just can’t get enough of it! I have a dessert addiction, can you tell??

Lemon Ricotta Cake

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Lemon Ricotta Cake

4.87 from 29 votes

This cake is the perfect dessert to welcome spring! It's an Italian inspired, made from scratch cake that has such an irresistible flavor. The ricotta in the cake lends moisture and a delicious richness and the lemon zest adds a welcome zing. Trust me, this is a cake people wont forget about! 

Servings: 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (356g) whole milk ricotta cheese

Topping

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, diced or sliced
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp (42g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup (235ml) heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, line bottom with a round of parchment paper and butter parchment.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together sugar, butter and lemon zest until pale and fluffy.

  4. Mix in eggs one at a time (mixture will appear lumpy), blend in vanilla.

  5. Add in half of the flour mixture and mix just until combined, add ricotta and mix just until combined. 

  6. Add in last half of the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Gently fold batter to ensure ingredients are evenly incorporated. 

  7. Pour batter into prepared springform pan and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until cake is set (a toothpick can come out moist but no batter), about 45 - 50 minutes.

  8. Let cake cool 10 minutes then run a knife around edge to loosen any edges that may have stuck slightly, remove springform ring and continue to let cool.

  9. Once cool, slice and serve with macerated strawberries and whipped cream.

Macerated Strawberries

  1. In a medium mixing bowl toss strawberries with 2 Tbsp of the sugar. Cover and let rest in refrigerator while cake is baking and cooling.

  2. In a separate medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. 

  3. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Potassium 221mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 14.5%
Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 13%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Ricotta Cake
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

94 comments

  • Juliet: This cake is delicious. Perfectly moist and has the perfect texture. I kept the recipe as is and it was a hit. Family & friends are now requesting it because it was a hit. Thank you! June 22, 2019 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Mavis Gevido: Such an easy recipe to follow and so good! Was a hit with the family. Not too sweet, perfect texture, so pretty too! Will definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing this recipe! May 26, 2019 at 10:56pm Reply

  • Janet Gorski: I can not use while wheat flour you mentioned the original recipe was made with almond flour. Can you tell me about that. May 21, 2019 at 10:06am Reply

  • Anne Marie: Hi, thanks for this recipe…easy to make and tastes great! I mis-read the ingredients and put in 2.5 teaspoonsful of lemon zest instead of 2.5 tablespoonsful but couldn’t believe how lemony it still tasted. I did think it would rise a bit more, so maybe next time I’ll add a little more baking powder. 😊 May 6, 2019 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Noreen: SOOOOOO delicious. Perfectly sweet, lemony, light, tender and with the strawberries and cream tastes better than strawberry shortcake. Vanilla flavor comes thru so nicely which is an extra plus! I only baked mine for 30 minutes tho. PERFECT spring dessert. Thank you! April 30, 2019 at 11:38pm Reply

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