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Homemade Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe

Homemade Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe

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The Finest Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake recipe is here! It is the ideal Italian dessert since it is flavorful, fluffy, and lightweight. Ricotta cheese and lemon are used in this simple recipe.

You’ll like this recipe because it’s a rich, moist, and easy-to-make cake that is an authentic Italian delicacy made in your kitchen. It is filled with lemon flavor and creamy ricotta. Although this simple lemon ricotta cake appears modest, the flavor is incredible! Think of it as an Italian cheesecake!

What is Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake?

Lemon ricotta cake has a texture that is somewhat denser and less sweet than classic lemon cake. It is a typical Italian dessert that is frequently eaten as a dessert or with fruits for breakfast.

Even though the recipe’s origins are in Sicily, regional variations are common. It’s the ideal dessert for spring and summer since it’s so very moist and has a dense but fluffy texture, regardless of what part of Italy serves it.

This cake is typically kept on counters in Italian restaurants on glass pedestals. It’s a sociable cake that goes well with a warm cup of coffee or as a snack. In addition, the cake stays well both at room temperature and in the refrigerator. And the ricotta ensures that it stays moist and flavorful.

Homemade Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need

The recipe card is located at the end of the post and contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements and instructions. Keep the ingredients at room temperature for the best results.

Ricotta cheese – Ricotta cheese from the grocery store is ideal since it has a creamy cheesecake feel and is made with whole milk and full fat. Furthermore, it is usually less watery; if yours is, check the notes about straining.

Lemon: Use the juice and the zest to get the most flavor out of those fresh lemons. And nothing beats the taste of fresh lemon juice!

Butter – Butter at room temperature will blend more efficiently and provide a smooth and creamy texture. I like salted butter, but unsalted butter may still be used; add an extra pinch of salt.

Sugar –  Although I prefer pure cane sugar, regular white sugar works just as well.

Eggs – Keep the eggs at room temperature before using them. If you forget, put the eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 6 to 7 minutes.

Sour Cream: Instead of sour cream, you can also use Greek yogurt for an even tangier taste.

Vanilla Extract – pure vanilla extract brings Ricotta cake’s lemon and other tastes to life.

Baking soda and salt – Baking soda and salt are essential aspects of every cake recipe.

All-Purpose Flour – I use all-purpose flour that is organic and unbleached.

Homemade Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe


How to make Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake

The simplicity and speed with which this Italian dessert comes together are two things I really like. There is less mess because everything is done in one dish.

Step 1: Use butter and powdered sugar to grease a 9-inch springform pan. To do this, spread about two tablespoons of butter around your hands. Add a tablespoon or so of powdered sugar after that, tossing it in to help it stick to the butter. Tap the pan to remove any extra sugar.

Step 2: Mix the sugar and butter in a bowl until smooth. Add in the ricotta cheese next. Now, and this is important, mix the butter, sugar, and ricotta together for 4-5 minutes to make the mixture light and fluffy. This will make the cake light and airy instead of dense.

After that, add the eggs one by one. Then, add the lemon juice and zest. For this recipe, I don’t actually measure the zest or juice. Simply take the most attractive lemon you can find and zest it with a microplane lemon zester over the bowl. After it has been zested, split the lemon in half and pour the juice into the batter using a handheld juicer. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Step 3: Bake the batter for a little under an hour in a springform pan that has been oiled.

Step 4: After baking the cake, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before adjusting the collar. To allow for complete cooling, move to a wire rack to cool.

Finally, just before serving, dust the cake with powdered sugar. Serving the Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake with a dab of whipped cream and some fresh berries would also be delectable.

Traditional desserts from Italy

One of the delectable traditional Italian sweets is this lemon ricotta cake. You’ll discover that a lot of Italian sweets have a cheese basis (like ricotta or mascarpone) and include citrus or fruit tastes. These pastries will also have an anise or almond (amaretto) flavor.

Here are some other traditional Italian desserts that are suitable for any celebration:

Traditional Sicilian Cassata Cake

Italian Sponge Cake Easy Recipe (Pan di Spagna)

Authentic Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Bun)

Famous Sicilian Cannoli Authentic Recipe

Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe

Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake is flavorful, fluffy, and lightweight. You’re going to like this classic Italian dessert made with fresh lemon and lovely ricotta cheese, which is particularly delicious when served as a morning or brunch treat.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Calories: 220 per serving


  • ½ stick of softened butter
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 16 oz of ricotta cheese, whole milk
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • (Optional) powdered sugar for dusting the cake


  • Set the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by greasing it with butter and powdered sugar, then leave it aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until they are well blended. Add the ricotta cheese and mix for about 4 to 5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • One at a time, add the eggs and mix. Incorporate the vanilla, lemon juice, and zest after adding them. Add the baking soda and salt to the bowl. To fully combine all of the ingredients, add the flour last and stir just until incorporated (Don’t overmix). Scrape down the bowl’s sides as needed. 
  • Pour the mixture into the springform pan that has been prepared. Bake the lemon ricotta cake for 40–50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Before removing the pan’s collar and base, allow the food to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Before serving, allow it to cool on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe”

    • While the recipe for this Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake specifically suggests a 9-inch springform pan, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t use a Bundt pan. In the kitchen, it’s often about experimenting and making the recipe your own!

      Bundt pans, with their unique ring shape, not only add an aesthetic touch to your cake but also promote even baking. This can be particularly beneficial for denser cakes, like this one, which is rich with ricotta cheese. However, keep in mind that this switch will change the final look of your cake, giving it a different charm compared to the traditional flat-topped cake.

      If you decide to go ahead and use a Bundt pan, there are a few things to keep in mind.

      First, Bundt pans typically require a longer baking time than regular cake pans. So, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your cake as it bakes to ensure it doesn’t under or overcook.

      Second, ensure the Bundt pan’s volume capacity matches that of the springform pan specified in the recipe to avoid any overflow or undercooked issues.

      And, of course, don’t forget to thoroughly grease your Bundt pan to ensure your beautiful cake can be easily removed after baking.

      While using a Bundt pan for this recipe adds an element of the unknown, it’s all part of the fun of baking. So go ahead, give it a try, and you might just discover a new favorite way to make this delightful Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake!

      Happy baking!

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