Flourless soft ricotta and citrus cake

Flourless soft ricotta and citrus cake

By 31/01/2018

Guys, once again I discovered the power of cake. When they say sugar is bad for you, yes of course you have to agree with that.. to a certain extent. I am sorry but I love a little bit of sugar from now and then.

Even my grandmother who, back in the 70s, was obsessed with macrobiotic healthy food, always used to say that a little bit of sugar does you good.

Let us have cake! Life is brighter and better with it.

If you like ricotta then you must try this one which I made today in just 15 minutes and it is gluten free too. I made the most of oranges and lemons I had in the house and just mixed the ricotta with eggs, sugar and the zest of the citrus. Yummy, the children are not back from school yet and I cannot stop eating it.

Slicing lemon and oranges

January is nearly over.. so in February we can relax a little and eat something more naughty. There is no life without good food.. so beware: Carnival frittelle will be next!

If you like ricotta cakes check out these ones too: ricotta, lemon and almonds cake and this  ricotta coconut cake.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes
  • Yield : 6



In a bowl whip the egg yolks with 3/4 of the sugar until creamy.

In a separate bowl whip the egg whites until stiff with the remaining sugar.

Add the ricotta cheese to the egg yolks, the lemon and orange zest and then the juice of the orange too. Add the vanilla essence and mix well.

Finally gently add the whipped egg whites and combine well.

Making ricotta and citrus cake

Pour the mixture onto a well greased spring form round tin measuring approx 22 cm or 9 inch. It is best to line the bottom of the tin with greaseproof parchment paper too to make it easier to remove the cake later on.

Bake in the mid-lower rack of the oven at 170C or 340F for 40 minutes. Check that the top does not get too brown. If it does cover it up with tin foil.

Let the cake cool down for a few minutes then gently (it is very delicate) remove it from the mold and sprinkle it with vanilla powdered sugar.

Ricotta and citrus cake slice

Ricotta and citrus cake gluten free

Flourless Ricotta Citrus Cake - Gluten Free

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15 Responses to Flourless soft ricotta and citrus cake

  1. maria

    I love the combination of ricotta and lemons! I have a similar ricotta cake that I make… I can understand why your kids love this dessert. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alida

      Ricotta and citrus seem to get on so well together 🙂

  2. Balvinder

    Absolutely agree. Life is brighter and better having a cake. and, I do love ricotta, lemon, and almonds. My favorite combination.

    • Alida

      Thank you Balvinder!

    • Alida

      Although it has eggs and ricotta in it I found it is nutritious but not heavy at all. Using no flour helps.

  3. Stella

    A colleague just brought this in for a morning tea. We’re all very impressed and now have the recipe which I will try ASAP!

    • Alida

      Very quick to make and yes… so good. Enjoy!

  4. gloria

    I love ricotta and this sounds wonderful !!!
    Un abbraccio!

  5. carla

    This sounds so nice that I am going to make it for tomorrow’s lunch. We will have two friends for lunch and their 2 teenager daughters who are very hungry when they get back from school. Of course I will use organic citrus fruit which is brought to our village by Ionatan from Calabria and the organice ricotta from the cow and goat farm of our friend Maria. Thank you fro sharing!!

    • Alida

      Wow I would love to have homegrown citrus and freshly made ricotta! I get crazy about fresh ricotta. When I am in Italy I buy it from a latteria, it just tastes amazing.

  6. Frank

    Wow, my grandmother made exactly the same cake! Well, except that as far as I remember she didn’t whip the egg whites, so the cake was a bit less fluffy. She called it “pizza dolce”. 🙂

  7. Carolyn

    Can you use honey instead of sugar?

    • Alida

      You can try although I think honey might change the consistency of this cake altogether. You could use Stevia to sweeten the cake or add less sugar as well.

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