120g (1/2 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
400g (2 cups) powdered sugar
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
The zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
4 eggs, egg whites and egg yolks separated and at room temperature
200g (2½ cups) finely ground almonds
500ml (2 cups) ricotta cheese
Almonds, sliced and blanched (optional)
Heat oven to 200C/400F. Spray a 26-cm springform pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
Beat the softened butter, ½ of the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice and the extracts in a standing mixer or with a hand mixer until very creamy and fluffy. On medium speed in a standing mixer, this should take 5-6 minutes.
Add one egg yolk at a time to the mixture, and mix until fully combined. Do this until all egg yolks have been incorporated. Add almond meal and mix until well combined.
Gently fold in the ricotta. Set mix aside.
In a separate bowl beat egg whites and the rest of the powdered sugar until soft peaks are formed. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the cake batter. The whipped egg whites give this cake lift and if you overmix them into the rest of the cake batter, the cake will get dense and won’t give you the texture that makes this cake so amazing.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared springform pan and cover with the sliced almonds (optional). Bake for 25 minutes uncovered, then cover the top of the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil before returning to the oven for another 40-45 minutes of baking.
The cake is cooked when it is firm in the middle, but still a bit wobbly. Don’t worry – the cake will firm up as it rests. Allow the cake to rest for at least 90 minutes, then serve.
This recipe is adapted from CarrieD Away http://www.carriedawaydetroit.com/2014/08/gluten-free-almond-lemon-ricotta-cake.html. One recipe of my homemade ricotta cheese yields enough for this recipe http://thanksforthefood.com/homemade-ricotta-cheese/.
Recipe by Thanks For The Food at https://thanksforthefood.com/gluten-free-almond-ricotta-cake/