Easy Easter cake with ricotta and chocolate

Easy Easter cake with ricotta and chocolate

By 10/04/2020

With the lockdown the internet has gone crazy. So many people are cooking and baking in a way that we have never seen before, at least in our lifetime and basic foods like flour and eggs and other staples seem to have disappeared from the shelves. In particular, flour and yeast seem to be the hardest ones to find.

I am of course cooking more than usual too, with all the family in the house all day long we have proper delicious lunches as well as dinners, the Italian way of course 🙂 We made gnocchi and fresh pasta and several cakes too. We are doing fine and we are all well and healthy and that's what's really important now. I hope you are all keeping healthy too.

My parents in Italy are well. I have been worrying about them but they are indoors and they are safe. It was quite upsetting to see how badly Italy has been affected by the virus with so many deaths every single day so far. Thank goodness the numbers of people infected daily are starting to slow down now as they seem to have reached a peak. Not in the UK yet as we are at least a couple of weeks behind Italy. We can only hope for the best and continue to stay at home, this time will pass.

Baking certainly helps lifting the mood. Chicks and eggs.. I love Easter. I made this easy and moist chocolate ring cake with ricotta and a grated apple. You won't be able to tell that there is an apple in the cake. This is a trick my friend Rosetta has taught me. It makes the cakes moist and delicious. You can add a grated apple to many cakes.

If you don't have vanilla or orange essence, just use orange or lemon zest, they will work just as well. You can also use another baking tin if you don't have one with a hole in the middle.


  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes
  • Yield : 6



Put the butter in a pan and let it melt over a gentle heat. Peel, core and finely grate the apples.

Whisk the egg yolks with 3/4 of the sugar until creamy. In a separate bowl whip the egg whites with the remaining sugar. The eggs need to be at room temperature.

To the egg yolks add the vanilla and the orange essence, the apples, the ricotta and the sifted flour with the baking powder. Mix well and add the melted butter and the chocolate chips. Mix well and gently incorporate the egg whites.

Chocolate ricotta cake

Grease a mold with a ring in a middle (or a normal round baking tin if you don't have one) with oil or butter and pour in the mixture levelling it well.

Bake at 180c or 350F for approximately 35 minutes. After 30 minutes test the cake with a toothpick to check if it is ready. If there is wet batter on the toothpick than leave it in the oven for a little longer.

When it is cooked remove it from the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes. Remove it from the mold and let it cool down completely.

In a pan melt a tbsp of  butter and then add the chocolate.

Brush the cake with the melted chocolate, sprinkle it with the pistachios and decorate with mini chocolate eggs.


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11 Responses to Easy Easter cake with ricotta and chocolate

  1. angiesrecipes

    Happy Easter, Alida!! The cake looks super cute and yummy!
    Stay safe and be well, my friend!

    • Alida

      All the best to you too Angie.

  2. 2pots2cook

    Absolutely fantastic Alida ! Happy Easter !

    • Alida

      Thank you, Happy Easter!

  3. Choclette

    Happy Easter to you too Alida. Glad to hear you’re all well. The lack of baking ingredients in the shops now is mad. But today I managed to get my hands on some yeast – the first time in weeks.

    Your cake looks so delicious and the addition of ricotta makes it sound so good. I like your apple tip too.

    • Alida

      How lovely to hear from you Choclette, you certainly know a thing or two about chocolate cakes! I hope you have a good Easter too. Take care x

  4. Ron

    Alida, it’s so good to hear your immediate and distant family are well. Funny, we have plenty of lo paper here, but no yeast to be found. Thank God for my sourdough starter. It seems every family in Sweden is once again baking their own bread. There’s no shortage of commercial bread here, just everyone wishing to touch something comforting from the past.
    I love your Easter cake, it looks smashing.
    Glad Påsk (Happy Easter)…

  5. gloria Roa Baker

    Looks lovely and delicious Alida!!! Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua cara!!

  6. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I hope you and all your family had a nice Easter. I love your cake and the little chicks brought back memories from many years ago.

  7. Balvinder

    That’s a very lovely cake. Hope you and your family had a good Easter!

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