Lemon Ricotta Cake

Sunday, November 15, 2020
Here is a vintage Lemon Ricotta Cake which is a delicious cake Grandma used to make from scratch back in the 1960s
Every time I make this it lemony rich cake it takes me on a delightful journey back in time to days when homemade treats were the heart and soul of most kitchens in that time period.

Now in this new era of convenience and busy lifestyles, we sometimes lose sight of the essence of simplicity from yesteryears past and have much less time to prepare those homemade treats.

Our easy cake uses simple pantry ingredients most folks always have on hand and with just a few extra minutes, you can enjoy a cake made from scratch and pure love.

This dessert brings me back to a real sense of nostalgia and a deeper connection to the culinary heritage of generations past and how my Grandmother grew up in Rome, Italy cooking with meager ingredients.

If you love lemon do try our other easy yet elegant favorite cake recipes and the first one is a no-bake, Lemon Lady Finger Cake

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this is a lemon cake with powdered sugar on top and mint

Easy Step For A Vintage Scratch Cake

  1. always grease the springform pan and flour it or line it with parchment paper
  2. preheat the oven
  3. all ingredients for best results should be at room temperature
  4. start with beating the sugar and butter together until pale in color
  5. beat in the eggs
  6. slowly combine the cheese, lemon
  7. whisk all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
  8. mix the two dry and wet ingredients together
  9. pour in the prepared pan and bake (use the toothpick method to ensure it's done)

this is a homemade lemon cake with powdered sugar and mint on top

Optional Toppings

  • blueberries
  • red raspberries
  • fresh blackberries or boysenberries
  • sliced fresh or canned peaches
  • whipped cream
  • powdered sugar
  • lemon pudding and whipped cream

this is cake batter for lemon cake from scratch in a springform pan


  • always cream the sugar and butter evenly
  • slowly incorporate the wet and dry ingredients
  • always grease or line your springform pan with parchment paper
  • this cake tastes great plain or sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • bake until the middle springs back and is set and use the toothpick method
  • do not overbake the cake
  • this cake freezes perfectly
  • orange peel and orange extract can be used instead of lemon if preferred
  • always preheat the oven
  • the batter is very thick
  • keep the cake in an airtight container to retain moisture with leftovers and if in a hot climate store wrapped tight in the refrigerator to prevent molding

this is lemon zest going into batter for lemon cake

Shopping List No Measurements until the recipe card below

  • sugar
  • egg
  • butter
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • flour
  • ricotta cheese
  • lemon zest
  • lemon extract

this is flour and baking dry ingredients for lemon cake

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this is a lemon cake made with ricotta cheese

Vintage Cake Recipes

I again want to stress this is an old-fashioned vintage cake recipe, not to be compared to a cake mix.

This is a light-in-flavor cake but much denser with a delicious homemade from-scratch taste.

Back in the 1940s and 50s, this cake was made with ingredients from the pantry and one of my all-time favorite recipes.

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Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
This is a homemade scratch cake made with ricotta cheese and lemon which is a delicious easy cake that can be decorated with fruits, cream and so much more, the best thing about this cake besides being easy to make is it taste great and plain!


  • 1 1/3 cups flour (scoop and level to measure) 
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup granulated sugar
  •  1/2 cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of ricotta cheese ( I use whole milk)
  •  2 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract or vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the rim and bottom of a  9-inch springform pan, with parchment paper and also oil spray the paper and rim.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  4.  Cream together sugar, butter, and lemon zest until light and fluffy either by hand or with an electric mixer.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and stir in the lemon or vanilla.
  6. Add the flour mixture then the ricotta and gently mix together until blended.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and spread into an even layer. 
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake is set (a toothpick can come out moist but no batter), about 45 - 50 minutes.
  9. Let the cake cool before removing it from the pan.
  10. This cake can be served sprinkled with powdered sugar or fresh fruit and whipped cream.



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  1. Ricotta is one of my favourites! I am loving the combo of lemon and cheese. The cake looks splendid, Claudia.

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious. Just need to de-gluten it so I can eat it now xx

  3. Congratulations, your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,512. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you will come back to see us again soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I've never used ricotta in a cake but it looks so good! Can't beat a lemon cake so definitely trying this one.

  5. Can't wait to try this. I think I'll top it with blueberries!

  6. I love lemon and the taste is amazing in this cake. I will definitely be making this for spring and I think would be delicious for Easter.

  7. My daughter and I love anything lemon! So excited to show this cake to her! Looks so pretty and yummy!

  8. I can't tell you how much I love a good Lemon Ricotta Cake. I have most of the ingredients so I'm going to make this on my day off.


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