Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ricotta almond cake

This cake is really delicious. It contains ground almonds, ricotta and lemon. The flavour combination is fantastic. I don't know the origin if this recipe but it was given to me by a friend some time ago and at last I managed to try it. :-) and I m glad I did.
For those who wish to try this recipe, here's all you need :

Ricotta Almond Cake
Cake:

4 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup ricotta
1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 ½ tsp rum
¾ tsp vanilla extract
¾ tsp almond extract
1 cup + 2 tbsp ground almonds
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

Topping:
¾ cup ricotta
1 egg
¼ cup + 2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
1 cup sliced almonds

Butter and line with parchment a 10-inch spring form pan. In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs, sugar and oil on high speed until thick and pale, about 8 minutes. Add ricotta, juice, zest, rum, vanilla and almond extracts and mix until blended.

In a separate bowl, sift together the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt. Add to ricotta mixture in 3 additions, mixing by hand after each addition. Pour batter into spring pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool 6 to 8 miNs while you prepare the topping.
Topping:
Increase oven temperature to 375 F. Blend together ricotta, egg, ¼ cup sugar, zest and vanilla. Heat together milk and 2 tbsp sugar. Pour over sliced almonds and toss to coat.

When cake has cooled for 6 – 8 minutes, spread ricotta topping over cake and sprinkle with the glazed almonds. Return cake to oven for 15 minutes until almonds have browned. Cool cake completely before removing from spring form pan.


34 comments:

i dolci di laura said...

bellissima e buonissima! brava come sempre. le tue creazioni sono incantevoli! ciao

Mary said...

La torta si presenta da sola , bella e buona baci !!

linda said...

Looks delicious, I'm sure this tasted much much better than my ricotta cake ;)

VeggieGirl said...

Deliciously marvelous! :0)

Dolcetto said...

Questa stai tranquilla che prima o poi la provo, mi attira un sacco!!

Arietta said...

uau, splendida! sapevo che non mi avresti delusa...sembra deliziosa e ha una copertura molto bella e raffinata! un bacione

Palidor said...

I love ricotta and just bought some ground almonds to try making Chinese almond cookies. I'll be trying this cake too!

Ms Ashley said...

Oh Yummm!

My mouth is watering and I can't have any of that!!!

It looks perfect for a Holiday celebration.

CookiePie said...

That looks like a scrumptious cake! I bet it's fantastic with a warm cup of tea :)

Emiline said...

Come on! That looks CrAzY good. Why are you tempting me like this?!

Adam said...

I'm high fiving you for the awesome cake with almonds. People will go nuts over this cake... it look amazing.

And if you don't know the origin, then it's yours now :)

Bharti said...

Oh that sounds amazing! I'd love to eat it with some good coffee.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi natalie
you have made a lovely ricotta cake..the picture shows ..it must have been so tempting to eat...i also liked you football cake...nice visual appeal.

Cakebrain said...

I've never seen a cake like this before. It looks delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

Another amazing cake!

Bunny said...

WOW this is beautiful, I've never made a cake with ricotta.

Aggie said...

Oh my, this sounds amazing. I can just imagine how delicious this tastes!!

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

You are evil, making a girl's mouth water like that!
Thank you for sharing. :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

that looks awesome!

Dee said...

I can tell how great it tastes just by reading the ingredient list! I've only used ricotta in a cheesecake before, but this sounds too good not to try. Thanks for the great recipe, Natalie :)

Freya said...

Just found your blog and I have fallen in love with is!! I love your photography!! Great recipe!!

Jacque said...

Ricotta and lemon sounds like a wonderful combination! It surely looks decadent.

Steph said...

I love almond! I've never tried a cake made with ricotta before. That looks amazing and delicious! That topping!!!

alexandra's kitchen said...

this is absolutely my favorite kind of a cake. it is so elegant. this might have to be one of my Thanksgiving Day desserts. yum!

Irene said...

Ooohhhh looks so good! I just love cakes with ricotta cheese. One of my best friends is Italian and she makes something very similar with candied fruit inside. So good!

Steph said...

Natalie, I have an award for you!

Sophie said...

Gorgeous cake, I love the texture. I'm such a fan of almonds, I'd take two slices -- one for each hand :).

Peabody said...

This looks super delish. I bet the ricotta makes it nice and moist.

Katie said...

WOW! What a GREAT cake for company! I totally want to make this!

Gretchen Noelle said...

This sounds like a very tasty cake. Great with my cup of coffee!

SweetBites said...

the cake looks absolutely delish. i simply luv the combination of ricotta and almonds. yum... soft and crunchy.

Jude said...

Looks delicious. Seems like a classic Italian recipe :)

thecoffeesnob said...

Wow this sounds great. I can never go past anything with lemons. Bookmarking this for sure!

Palidor said...

I made this cake today (with just a couple of changes) and they are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your recipe.