Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Orange Ricotta Pound Cake

This recipe and I were meant to be. It really is just that simple.
Many things brought us together. First of all, when you see a recipe pop up over and over again on Tastespotting or Foodgawker, you know that it's going to be good because good recipes have ways of migrating and finding their ways into the homes and hearts of people.
Second of all, this recipe is from Giada de Laurentiis and from my past history with this lovely lady, she can really do no wrong. Third of all, it's pound cake. We here (my family & I) sure do love our pound cake. Throw in some ricotta and bright citrusy flavor? Man, that's a done deal.

This cake has a looser and larger crumb than most pound cakes I've tried before, probably due to the use of ricotta but it's extremely moist and full of flavor. I didn't have Amaretto, so I used almond extract instead which gave it this unbelievably delicious scent! I served this cake with some macerated strawberries but I can imagine it being heavenly with some lightly sweetened whipped cream!

Orange Ricotta Pound Cake

Yields: 1 loaf, 6 - 8 servings

Original recipe here.


1 1/2 cups cake flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsn. sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 orange, zested

2 tbsn. Amaretto (or 1 tsp. almond extract)

Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with butter, set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ricotta and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time. Next, add the vanilla, orange zest and Amaretto (or almond extract) until combined. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated.

Pour the mixture into a prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 - 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Meanwhile, place the strawberries and remaining 1 tbsn. sugar. Let sit until the juices have pooled around the strawberries. Serve with a slice of cake and enjoy!


  1. Wow, this looks/sounds absolutely scrumptious. My mouth is watering.
    *kisses* HH

  2. The texture looks absolutely wonderful! I want to grab a slice right off the screen.

  3. This looks and sounds so delicious! That does seem like a lot of baking powder though. Is more needed due to the heavy ingredients?

  4. Great photos! I want a slice!

    This sounds great :D

  5. This looks so, so good. I'll have to try it soon.

  6. The texture looks amazing. Will definitely give this a try. Thank you.