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Easy Strawberry Ricotta Cake Recipe

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This Strawberry Ricotta Cake is moist, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It’s an easy cake recipe with rustic Italian charm. Seriously, it will become your favorite weeknight dessert.

Sliced Strawberry Ricotta Cake

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If there is such a thing, weeknight desserts.

Unless you happen to live in my house with my college-age son, home, and hungry every second. Then… there will be a weeknight dessert thing.

I promise.

Slice of Strawberry Ricotta Cake

But this ricotta cake is incredibly delicious and easily made with either fresh or frozen berries. And yes — it’s equally yummy with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries — or anything else you can conceive.

Ingredients for Strawberry Ricotta Cake

Ricotta Cake Ingredients

This is a quick list of the easy ingredients you will need to make this delicious cake. Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder plus salt
  • Eggs
  • Ricotta
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries

How to Make Ricotta Cake

This moist and tender cake is simple to make! Begin by preheating the oven to 350° and lightly coating a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, ricotta, and vanilla until smooth; fold into dry ingredients just until blended.
  3. Fold in the melted butter and chopped strawberries before transferring the batter to the prepared pan. Top with remaining chopped berries.
  4. Bake for 50–60 minutes or until it’s golden and a cake tester comes out mostly clean.

What a Ricotta Cake Really Is

A ricotta cake is an Italian cheesecake. But much, much easier. 

Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, or goat. 

A ricotta cake, also called an Italian Cassata, is arguably Sicily’s most famous sweet dessert. While the recipes vary in both ingredients and complexity, this Strawberry Ricotta Cake recipe is incredibly simple and features easy ingredients.

There’s nothing like a moist, fluffy, berry-streaked cake to make any weeknight (or, um, weekday morning) feel special.

Unsliced Ricotta Cake Top View

Kitchen Tools You Need to Make a Ricotta Cake

This recipe is so easy to make that the only equipment needed is mixing bowls, a whisk, and a 9-inch cake pan.

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Closeup view of Strawberry Ricotta Cake with a Slice Missing

Strawberry Ricotta Cake Recipe

Yield: 1 cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Strawberry Ricotta Cake is moist, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It's an easy cake recipe with rustic Italian charm. Seriously, it will become your favorite weeknight dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 9”-diameter cake pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs, ricotta, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth; fold into dry ingredients just until blended. Then fold in butter, followed by ¾ cup chopped strawberries. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and scatter the remaining strawberries over the top.
  3. Bake cake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50–60 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before unmolding.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 10g

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