Lemon Ricotta Cake


The addition of ricotta cheese to this lemon cake results in an airy, light, fluffy, and moist cake. The glaze will take it to another level. But if you prefer no glaze just sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ½ cups cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 3 eggs at room temperature

  • 1 (15 ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a tube pan.

  2. Mix cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.

  3. Beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a separate bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until well combined. Beat in ricotta cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add flour mixture and mix until batter is smooth. Pour batter into the prepared tube pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting on a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, mix together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

Cook's Note:

If the glaze is too thick, add more lemon juice. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
16g Fat
44g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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