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.
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.
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.
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…
- 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
- baking spray
- 9" round cake pan
- 2 large bowls
- small bowl
- 2 large plates
- cooling rack
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together the ricotta cheese, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Stir the lemon zest and the cooled melted butter into the cheese and egg mixture.
- In another large bowl stir together the flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Use a spatula to fold the flour mixture into the ricotta mixture until thoroughly blended.
- Spoon the cake batter evenly into a cake pan that has been sprayed liberally with baking spray.
- Top the cake batter evenly with the fresh blueberries and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar over the blueberries.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Cool the cake completely, and then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar before slicing and serving.
Can I offer you a slice of this Easy Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries?
If you’re hungry for additional spring and summertime fresh berry ideas, please check out my other recipes for:
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.
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: (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!