Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries

Fresh Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries

This Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries has a creamy texture, a light lemony flavor, and it takes advantage of springtime’s bounty of beautiful blueberries.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries

One of the things I love most about springtime is the bounty of berries that are on sale in the market. From blackberries to raspberries, to blueberries, and more, you can always find a great deal when purchasing produce in-season. Baking this Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries is a great way to celebrate spring, and the beautiful, bountiful, economical, little blueberry.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Fresh Blueberries

It takes me a long, long time to properly style and prop the food photos you see on my blog. Sometimes it comes easily, like when I have a vision in my head before I even set up the table where I shoot my pictures. Other times, it’s like pulling teeth trying to get a good shot, and even then, some don’t ever come out the way I wished they would have. Either the serving pieces aren’t right, or my lighting is off, or for whatever reason, I’m just not feeling it. Since I’m trying to learn and improve as I go, it’s a lengthy process and one that keeps me on my toes.

Ricotta Cake with Lemon and Blueberries

That said, I’m especially pleased (and proud) with how these photos turned out because this is the first time that I’ve been able to use my late mother-in-law’s China pieces. My mother-in-law, Dorothy, served many a family meal on this set of rose patterned China, and with eight children it was well worn, well used, and well loved. I’m thrilled to now be able to use and display it proudly, with a cake that I know mom (Dorothy), would have enjoyed.

One of the practices I’ve grown fond of doing since starting this blog is in taking step-by-step photos of the process of making most of the recipes I share here. Because I’m a visual learner, it’s something that I consider valuable and hopefully something that you can appreciate and learn from as well. Since the recent trend in recipes these days are short videos, I’ve really been enjoying stringing my step-by-step photos together into slideshow videos for you watch. Here’s the one I made for this Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries. I think you’ll see just how easy this cake is to make, and with only a few basic ingredients. Please enjoy…

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries
 
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A delicious Italian cheese cake with a light lemony flavor, and lots of fresh blueberries.
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick) melted, and cooled
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ pints fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Tools
  • baking spray
  • 9" round cake pan
  • whisk
  • spatula
  • 2 large bowls
  • small bowl
  • 2 large plates
  • cooling rack
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the ricotta cheese, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the lemon zest and the cooled melted butter into the cheese and egg mixture.
  4. In another large bowl stir together the flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Use a spatula to fold the flour mixture into the ricotta mixture until thoroughly blended.
  6. Spoon the cake batter evenly into a cake pan that has been sprayed liberally with baking spray.
  7. Top the cake batter evenly with the fresh blueberries and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar over the blueberries.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.
  10. Carefully invert the cake onto a large plate, and then invert the cake once again onto a serving plate so the blueberries are on top.
  11. Cool the cake completely, and then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar before slicing and serving.
Notes
I don't recommend using frozen blueberries for this recipe because I think they'd bleed too much into the cake batter. Fresh berries will work best for this cake.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 75853 Fat: 2672g Saturated fat: 757g Unsaturated fat: 1767g Trans fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 12040g Sugar: 7458g Sodium: 69219mg Fiber: 179g Protein: 1179g Cholesterol: 1396mg
Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries

Can I offer you a slice of this Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries?

Italian ricotta cake with lemon and blueberries

 If you’re hungry for additional spring and summertime fresh berry ideas, please check out my other recipes for:

Broccoli Slaw with Blueberries and Bacon

Broccoli and Blueberry Salad

Peggy’s Cove Blueberry Grunt:  (older post, please excuse the poor quality photos)

Peggy's Cove Blueberry Grunt

Blueberry Cheese Danish:

Blueberry Cheese Danish

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Blueberries:

Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Blueberry Cake

Avocado, Blueberry and Wild Rice Side Dish:

Avocado, Blueberry and Wild Rice Side Dish

And, to cap everything off, how about these cute custom coffee cups I painted per a customer request awhile back? They seem like the perfect fit for a recipe involving fresh blueberries. The photo shows the front and back of the set, and they were painted for someone named Peaches, who owned the “Itty Bitty Fruit Farm.” All my hand painted glassware items are completely dishwasher and microwave safe as well as being non-toxic. Each and every item comes in its own gift box, making them perfect for gift giving for anyone or any occasion.

Hand Painted Fruit Farm Coffee Mug

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from glassware to fabrics (aprons and tea towels), please don’t hesitate to email me: (info@kudoskitchenbyrenee.com), or visit my shop on Etsy and/or Wazala. Custom orders, like the ones pictured here, are always welcome. I will happily paint and design from any photo or description you send my way.

Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art, and fun collide each and every day!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

Custom Signature for Kudos Kitchen

17 Comments

  1. Thank you Renee for the nice recipes

  2. Dear Renee, your cake looks beautiful! I love ricotta cake and have not made one in ages…Pinning this for later. xo, Catherine

  3. Ricotta cakes are one of the few types of cakes I can actually make, and this lemon-blueberry flavor is one of my favorites! Have to make it soon!

  4. I just bought fresh ricotta without a thought as to what I will use it for. Now I know!

  5. Oh yum!!! Lemon and blueberries together are just dreamy!

  6. This cake is gorgeous! Ricotta is one of my favorite unexpected (but delicious!) additions to cake…it lends such great texture! This beauty is perfect for spring.

  7. This is my kind of cake! The flavors and the texture…deeeelicious! Really would love a big slice of it right now even though I haven’t had breakfast yet 🙂

  8. Your photos are beautiful – you have every right to be proud of them! I feel your pain – sometimes I really struggle in the photography area.
    This cake is just wonderful looking.

  9. You’re right these photos are gorgeous, especially with those beautify plates. Lemon and blueberries were really made for each other!

  10. That’s one beautiful blueberry cake!

  11. The china is beautiful, and just perfect for photographing this cake on – the photos are so inviting and so “springy”! 😉 And the cake? I’ll take a big, fat slice.

  12. I made this cake a while back and it turned out to be fabulous. Your version looks fantastic. I love lemon, and blueberries together.

  13. I know what you mean when it comes to styling food! Some are so easy and some food is a pain! I think that this turned out perfect though! It’s beautiful!

  14. I love the lemon blueberry combo! This cake looks sooooooooo good, I want a slice RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

  15. Ok this is absolutely gorgeous! I love this time of year, blueberries are a favorite around here for sure and blueberries and lemon is one of the best combos ever.

  16. Renee, I would KILL for a slice of this ricotta cake!! How very seasonal and just GORGEOUS!! The China is lovely, too. I’m glad you were able to use it for these images!