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Lemon Ricotta Loaf Cake with a mound of Cream Cheese Frosting.

Lemon Ricotta Cake

A light and fluffy cake with cream cheese frosting, soft and buttery crumb and a delicate lemon flavour.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: lemon ricotta cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


For the loaf cake

  • 75 g/1/3 cup butter softened
  • 165 g/2/3 cup demerara sugar
  • 130 g/1/2 cup ricotta cheese drained
  • 2 eggs large
  • 150 g/ 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ salt
  • 1 lemon juice and zest of

For Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 200 g/ 1 cup cream cheese
  • 150 ml/ ½ cup double cream or whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • lemon zest for decoration


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  • Cream soft butter with sugar in a stand mixer. Add ricotta cheese and eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest and continue beating until light and well combined.
  • Sift flour in a separate bowl, then add baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix for 1 minute until well combined.
  • Empty contents in a greased and parchment paper lined loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes. Check the cake for doneness with a toothpick, it should come out clean. Let it cool in a pan for 30 minutes and then remove it on a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting

  • Whip slightly softened cream cheese with icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add double cream or whipping cream and vanilla bean paste continue whipping for 2 more minutes until the frosting comes together. It should be slightly more stiff than whipping cream in consistency.
  • Frost the top of your cooled cake and sprinkle with more lemon zest.


Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1081IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg