Baked Lemon Ricotta Cake
This simple cake has an unbeatable flavor and texture combination thanks to the fresh lemon juice and ricotta cheese. If you’ve never had a lemon ricotta cake before, than this is the recipe for you to try.
What is Lemon Ricotta Cake?
Lemon ricotta cake is similar to a traditional lemon cake, however it is not as sweet and has a slightly denser texture. It’s a traditional Italian cake that is often served after the meal or with a piece of fruit for breakfast.
200g unsalted butter, chilled, chopped
1 3/4 cup (385g) caster sugar
3 cups (450g) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
700g fresh ricotta
500g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pure icing sugar, to dust
1. To make the pastry, place butter and 3/4 cup (165g) sugar in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Beat in 1 egg until well combined. Fold in flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Cut one-third of the dough, flatten into a rectangle and enclose in plastic wrap. Shape the larger piece into a rectangle and enclose in plastic wrap. Chill both blocks of pastry for 2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm x 5cm rectangular lamington pan and line with baking paper, leaving a 3cm overhang. Roll larger piece of pastry out between 2 sheets of lightly floured baking paper to 5mm thick. Use pastry to line the base of prepared pan, trimming the edges to fit snugly, then prick all over with a fork. Place pan on a baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until base is golden. Remove from oven and cool completely.
3. Roll small pastry rectangle out between 2 sheets of floured baking paper into a 3mm-thick rectangle. Cut into long 6cm- wide strips to line the sides of the pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
4. Reduce oven to 160°C. To make filling, lightly beat remaining 4 eggs. Place ricotta and cream cheese in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and remaining 1 cup (220g) sugar and eggs to combine.
5. Line sides of the pan with 6cm strips of pastry, gently pressing them onto top of cooked base to create a join (the pastry is soft, but will come together when cooked). Use a small sharp knife to trim the pastry so it’s flush with the top of the pan. Spoon filling into the pastry shell. Place pan on a baking tray and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until edges are set with a very slight wobble in the center (it may crack a little, but will settle when it cools). Turn off the oven and set the door ajar with a wooden spoon. Leave the cake to cool completely in the oven, then chill for 6 hours to set. Use the baking paper overhang to carefully lift cake out of the pan. Dust cake with icing sugar to serve.