Ricotta, Citrus and Almond Cake

, from Issue #59. September, 2015
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Ricotta, Citrus and Almond Cake

A beautifully moist cake that’s delicious plain or served with a side of warm roasted stone fruits or pears.


100 grams butter at room temperature
⅓ cup caster sugar
finely grated zest 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
240 grams ground almonds
250 grams ricotta
⅓ cup caster sugar
70 grams sliced almonds

To serve
icing sugar
softly whipped cream

20cm spring-form cake tin, sides and base lined with baking paper


Preheat the oven to 160°C. 

Beat the butter, first measure of caster sugar, both zests and the vanilla until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg yolks then the ground almonds.

Add the ricotta and gently mix to combine. The mixture will be very thick. 

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks then beat in the second measure of caster sugar until thick and glossy.

Stir a large spoonful of the egg whites through the almond batter to loosen it, then gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining egg whites in two batches. Tip into the tin and smooth the top. Scatter over the almonds. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in the tin. 

To serve: Dust with icing sugar and serve with softly whipped cream. Makes 1 cake