Orange Ricotta Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

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Orange Ricotta Cake is not quite a cheesecake. is a lovely, not too sweet almond cake baked with ricotta,as well as a kiss of honey and orange zest. It is a lovely, light cake and is best made a day or two before serving to give the citrus flavors time to bloom within the cake.

I got this recipe from my local newspaper, a year ago, when they featured it for an Easter dinner collection of recipes in the food section. I instantly knew that one was a keeper!

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Yield: one 9 inch cake

Orange Ricotta Cake

A lovely, not too sweet almond cake baked with ricotta,as well as a kiss of honey and orange zest. It is a lovely, light cake and is best made a day or two before serving to give the citrus flavors time to bloom within the cake.


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup PLUS 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • powdered sugar for serving


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Liberally grease a spring form pan with a cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine ricotta, honey, and orange zest.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time blending well. Add in almond extract. 
  4. With the mixer running on low, add in flour, baking powder, and salt. mix just until combined- do not over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan.
  6. Using a spoon, drop dollops of the ricotta mixture on top of the cake batter. Push gently into the cake batter with the back of the spoon. 
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake edges are lightly browned and the middle is set. The ricotta mixture may look slightly wet- it'll  set further as it cools.
  9. Cool slightly before releasing it from pan. Top with powdered sugar before serving, if desired. 
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  1. I can see why you immediately grabbed this recipe and hung onto it. Perfect Spring dessert.

  2. I love orange flavored desserts. The touch of honey sounds yummy

  3. I love how it has those yummy layers. Orange treats always make me think of my dad, so I can't wait to try this!

  4. This cake sounds absolutely delightful! I love ricotta desserts - they are so light and delicious!

  5. This just screams spring! So yum!

  6. Yum! What a great way to brighten up a cake with the orange flavor.

  7. Man that sounds good. I love using ricotta in desserts and the orange just makes me swoon.

  8. I have yet to make a ricotta cake. This one looks so moist and delicious. Definitely going to try making this one.

  9. I love citrus desserts in the spring, and this looks delicious!

  10. I just can't get over how pretty the color of this cake is! I can't wait to try it!

  11. I want to try this gorgeous cake! I haven't tried baking with ricotta! Looks awesome!

  12. Such an impressive dessert! I can see making this all summer long.


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