This lemon and ricotta cake is my new favorite recipe so I just had to share it with you! I realized this week that a tub of ricotta cheese in the fridge was rapidly approaching its expiry date, so I scrambled for a quick recipe because I’d since eaten the other ingredients to make what I originally bought the ricotta for (classic, lol). In the nick of time I found a delicious lemon and ricotta muffin recipe that I turned into a cake, added a twist to, and can’t stop devouring. It’s so delicious and so simple to make.
For the Lemon and Ricotta Cake:
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup water
- Lemon juice (2 lemons)
- Lemon zest (2 lemons)
For the Icing:
- Lemon juice (1 lemon)
- Lemon zest (1 lemon)
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
How to Make This Lemon and Ricotta Cake:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the ricotta, oil, lemon rind & juice, water and egg.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir only until it’s just mixed – don’t over stir, this dough gets really stiff very quickly so watch out!
- Pour into muffin cups or, if you’re lazy like me, use an 8″ by 8″ lightly greased pan.
- Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes
- If it’s in cake form, bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly browned on top and a knife you insert comes out clean.
Make the Icing (Not in Original Recipe):
I had planned a thick, super rich icing like I made for my sugar cookies but it turns out we were almost out of icing sugar! Probably a good thing. I used what was left and made a very runny glaze by mixing together the zest and juice of one lemon and about two (maybe 3) tablespoons of icing sugar. I drizzled in onto the cake when it was minutes from the oven, so it seeped in a little and also crystallized from the heat. It’s like the glaze on an apple fritter, but with more zest. It’s the perfect little hint of sweet and it makes this lemon and ricotta cake even more addictive.
I am not a very good food photographer but hopefully these photos looks good enough to eat. This lemon and ricotta cake is moist and rich, but also light and fluffy. It is sweet, but also has a really zingy lemon flavor which balances the sugary glaze. In case you’re wondering, sugar-free me lasted about three weeks (a week shy of my month long goal) but then I fell off the wagon. Now I’m trying to just eat less sugar. She says with a straight face, as she stuffs her face with a slab of sugar coated muffin-cake.
Breakfast of champions.