Lemon ricotta cake recipe
“Another polenta based cake, this time with a very, very lemony flavour”
- Preparation time: 25 mins
- Cook time: 1 hr 30 mins
- Total time: 1 hr 55 mins
- Yield: serves 8-10
The first time I had this cake was at my mother-in-laws. She proudly brought out this cake for dessert and it was absolutely superb. The texture of the cake, even with the drizzled syrup, was firm yet still cake like, a bit like a Madeira Cake. And for lemon lovers, it's very, very lemony.
It makes a good bagged lunch treat, and celiacs and non-celiacs alike will enjoy this tangy cake that won't crumble to pieces in your hand. It's also our most pinned/repinned recipe on Pinterest.
Preheat oven: 170°C, 325°F, Gas 3
- Line a 23cm (9") circular springform cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until they are soft and creamy.
- Add the beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, ground almonds, polenta grains and baking powder and beat well until the mixture is thoroughly combined and smooth.
- Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 1-1.5 hours. When cooked the top of the cake should be lightly browned and the centre of the cake firm to the touch, without being hard. A toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean. When cooked, remove cake from oven and leave in tin.
- While the cake is baking make the lemon syrup. Put the remaining sugar, the juice of 3 lemons and the water into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for approximately 5 minutes until the mixture has a syrupy texture. Stir in the strips of lemon zest, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Spoon ¾ of the lemon syrup over the baked cake while it is still in the tin, and then allow the cake to cool completely.
- Once the cake is completely cool remove from tin and decorate the top with fresh blueberries. Pour the remaining syrup over the top of the cake and fruit.
This cake has a strong, tangy lemon flavour and a very moist but firm texture. It is ideal on its own for afternoon tea, or as a dessert after dinner. For added luxury why not serve with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.