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Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake

Zesty Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake

  • Author: Emily Parker


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan to ensure your cake releases easily after baking.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cream Butter and Ricotta: In a larger bowl, cream the butter, ricotta cheese, and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This process introduces air into the batter, promising a lighter cake.
  4. Add Eggs and Flavorings: Incorporate the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully blended before adding the next. Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice for that unmistakable Italian zest.
  5. Fold in Dry Ingredients: Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. It’s essential to do this gently to avoid deflating the batter, which ensures the cake’s delightful texture.
  6. Bake to Perfection: Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool and Dust: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving for an elegant touch.


Tips for the Ultimate Lemon Ricotta Cake

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure all your ingredients, especially the butter, eggs, and ricotta, are at room temperature to achieve a smooth batter.
  • Do Not Overmix: When combining wet and dry ingredients, fold gently until just combined to maintain the cake’s tender crumb.
  • Test for Doneness: Ovens can vary, so start checking the cake a few minutes before the suggested baking time. A toothpick should come out clean when it’s done.
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