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Fancy Lemon Ricotta Cake

A fresh lemon dessert cake made with ricotta cheese! This Fancy Lemon Ricotta Cake is perfect for a spring or summer time treat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cake, lemon
Servings: 6
Author: Sarah Ricci


  • 1 1/3 cups (188g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt himalayan
  • 1 cup Sugar white
  • 1/2 cup Butter unsalted, softened
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Zest about 3 lemons
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (356g) Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar Garnish after baking (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, line bottom with a round of parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and pink salt, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric stand or handheld mixer cream together sugar, butter and lemon zest until well blended.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time and blend in vanilla.
  • Add in half of the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Add in ricotta and mix until combined.
  • Add in last half of the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • 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 40 - 45 minutes.
  • Once cool, slice and serve with a dusting of powdered sugar.