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Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake




This Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake is an extremely moist, not overly sweet dessert that would make the perfect ending to any meal.  Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen #dessert

As I was flipping through the most recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine, I came across a recipe for Raspberry-Ricotta Cake. What caught my attention, besides the beautiful photo, was that it had a very short ingredient list (which I love; especially when baking), and I also had all of the ingredients in the house it called for and then some. I had purchased some ricotta cheese and frozen raspberries to make another recipe and hadn’t gotten around to it so I decided to use this recipe as a basis to make this Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake.

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake Closeup

I’m not into gooey or sugar laden desserts and when I do indulge, I like to have a small piece to try; then I’ll generally move on. I’d rather save my appetite for a really good meal.  The cake is really quite simple to put together too. In fact, I made this after dinner one night just to try it out and it was a huge hit.

The Bon Appetit recipe called for 8 servings, but I found I could get 10 servings out of it. They also suggested you could use blackberries in place of the raspberries, but I bet any berry would work well. Here are the changes I made to the recipe:

  1. Instead of using vanilla extract, I used lemon extract.
  2. Increased the amount of frozen raspberries from 1- to 2- cups…the more berries the better!
  3. Added fresh lemon zest and juice.
  4. Used part skim ricotta cheese instead of whole milk.

This cake screams “Spring is Here” to me. Not only was this Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, it was super moist, not overly sweet and would make the perfect ending to any meal; especially for Easter. ~Enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake
Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
This Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Cake is an extremely moist, not overly sweet dessert that would make the perfect ending to any meal.  
Course: Dessert
Servings: 10
Calories: 288 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1 1/2 c . All Purpose Flour
  • 1 c . Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp . Baking Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 15 oz . Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp . Lemon Extract
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter, melted
  • 2 c . Frozen Raspberries
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 10" spring form pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl; mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, ricotta, lemon extract, lemon zest and juice until smooth; then fold in the dry ingredients until blended.
  5. Gently fold in the butter and 1 cup of the raspberries; then pour batter into the spring form pan.
  6. Top the batter with the remaining 1 cup of raspberries; then bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool 15-20 minutes before removing it from the pan. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature. Can be made up to 2 days ahead.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit


*Use 10" springform pan for optimal results.


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  1. ZazaCook
    March 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Wonderful recipe! I love ricotta cheese!
    This cake looks delicious 🙂

      March 21, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Thank you! I’m actually making it again this weekend because my oldest came home from college and was disappointed she didn’t get to try it the first time. 🙂

  2. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
    March 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I am so with you on the short ingredient list! I just don’t have the time for complicated, lengthy, or expensive, so this is right up my alley. I saw this recipe on your homepage and immediately clicked on it because I have leftover ricotta in the fridge! 🙂 Looks delicious!

  3. Catherine
    June 19, 2015 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Dear Carrie, your ricotta cake looks beautiful. This sounds like a wonderful recipe. Pinning for later! xo, Catherine

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    June 19, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

    The raspberries make this cake look so beautiful! 🙂

  5. Cathleen Folk
    October 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I have the cake in the oven as I write this, so simple to put together. I did up the lemon extract to 1 tsp and also added 1/4 tps salt along with salted butter. I think I will dust with powered sugar and will serve with whipped cream. Let you know how it turns out!

  6. Maggie
    March 24, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Do you thaw and drain the raspberries?

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