Fig-Ricotta Cake


Texture is moist and slightly dense, and taste is sweet, buttery, and rich.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 9-inch loaf cake


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract

  • 4 fresh figs, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 4 fresh fig slices

  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Beat ricotta cheese, sugar, and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by almond extract. Beat in flour mixture on low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until combined; beat batter for about 30 seconds more.

  4. Place chopped figs into a bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over, and stir to coat. Fold figs into the batter. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Place fig slices on top of the batter, down the center.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Remove from the pan once the cake has cooled, 20 to 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Notes:

Four chopped fresh figs should equal 1 cup.

The baking time will depend on how wet the ricotta cheese is.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
18g Fat
45g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 181mg 4%

* 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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