Lemon Ricotta Cake

Recipe by Sarah Jampel

How does this lemon ricotta cake get its plush, melt-in-your-mouth texture and tightly knit crumb? The moisture and richness of the ricotta helps, of course, but the real ticket is our finely milled ‘00’ Pizza Flour, which is for more than just pizza! In this recipe, it keeps the cake super soft and light. Sweet but not sugary, flavorful but not bossy, this cake is as suitable with morning coffee as it is with after-dinner espresso. The crunchy lemon glaze adds another dimension of citrus flavor, as does the hint of Fiori di Sicilia, which gets stronger as the cake sits. 

15 mins
28 to 35 mins
1 hr 20 mins
one 8" cake
Lemon Ricotta Cake
Lemon Ricotta Cake
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center. Line the bottom of an 8" cake pan with parchment and grease the bottom and sides. 

  2. To make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater or working with an electric hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. 

  4. Scrape down the bowl, add the egg yolks, and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add the ricotta, extracts, and dry ingredients and beat on low until no dry streaks remain. 

  5. In a medium bowl, whisk the whites until very frothy, 1 to 2 minutes (no need to reach soft peaks).  

  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with the batter and pour in the egg whites. Mix on medium speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until the batter becomes smooth (it will be quite gloppy at first). Finish mixing by hand to make sure everything is incorporated. 

  7. Transfer the thick batter to the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. (A small offset spatula is a helpful tool here.) 

  8. Bake the lemon ricotta cake for 20 to 25 minutes, until deeply golden, then tent with foil and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. The cake is done when it’s set, has pulled away from the sides of the pan slightly, and springs back when lightly pressed. 

  9. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. 

  10. To make the glaze: In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice and sugars until no dry confectioners’ sugar remains. 

  11. Turn out the lemon ricotta cake onto a wire rack and set the rack atop a plate or parchment-lined baking sheet. Pour the glaze evenly over the top of the cake, encouraging it to reach all the way to the edges.  

  12. Let the lemon ricotta cake cool until the glaze is set, about 30 minutes. Serve it slightly warm or at room temperature, with macerated fruit if desired. 

  13. Storage information: Store leftover lemon ricotta cake airtight at room temperature for up to 4 days. 

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