Lemon Almond Ricotta Cake

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Lemon almond ricotta cake

I was walking through the grocery store, and out of nowhere I had this crazy impulse to buy ricotta.  Now, don’t ask me why.  At first I thought, am I pregnant?  Nope.  But there was no doubt I was leaving that store with the biggest container they sell.  Maybe it’s all of this research that I’m reading about the benefits of whey protein (which is what ricotta is made from).  Regardless, while putting away my groceries I caught sight of that giant bag of lemons that had been staring me in the eye for a few days, and it dawned on me that this could be a killer combination for a cake.

Well, as it turns out, I was right!

Lemon almond ricotta cake with slice removed

I love lemon and ricotta together, and figured that while I was on this healthy protein kick that I would add some almonds to the recipe.  DE-LISH.  This cake is incredibly moist and dense with a perfect lemon flavour and a bit of crunch from the almonds.

Slice of lemon almond ricotta cake on white plate

I’d say that this would make an amazing Easter desert if you ask me!  It was an absolute hit in our little house!


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup sugar (divided as per instructions below)
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 ¼ cups ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a large springform pan.
  2. In a clean medium sized bowl, beat the egg whites on high with a hand mixer until peaks form. Slowly add ¼ cup of the sugar while beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Cut a slit in the vanilla bean length-ways, open it up, and scrape out the seeds with the back side of a knife.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter and vanilla seeds until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining ¾ cup sugar, egg yolks, ricotta cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice, and beat on medium until smooth. Add the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt and beat again on medium speed until combined.
  6. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites until incorporated, and then gently fold in the remaining egg whites just until the batter is smooth.
  7. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and even it out with the back of a spatula. Sprinkle the cake evenly with the sliced almonds and bake for 40-50 minutes until the cake is lightly browned on the edges and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  8. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes before removing the sides of the springform pan. Sprinkle the cake with icing sugar if you wish and serve.
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22 Comments on “Lemon Almond Ricotta Cake”

  1. Barbara Zen

    Hi, we have a nut allergy in our household. I was wondering what crust I can use without using almonds. This recipe looks amazing.


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  2. Katie Butler

    This looks amazing Tori! I have made so many of your recipes lately and your blog has become such a go-to!
    This may be a rookie question, but approximately how many lemons will it take to make that much juice and grated zest?

  3. Liza

    Love reading your blog! Is there any way to print off the recipe only? When I use your ‘print’ link it wants to print out 6 pages and it would be great if only the recipe could be printed.

    1. fraichenutrition

      Hi Nina! I thought it tasted best the day I made it as the almonds were more crunchy, but it keeps really well as it is super moist. Would love to hear what you think once you make it! Happy Easter!

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  5. Crystal

    Confused about the egg whites,beat them at the beginning and then fold in more again this wasn’t very clear.

  6. Glen Cortese

    Just curious, One cup of raw almond ground, or one cup of ground raw almonds? It ties more than one sup of raw almond to get one cup of ground almonds…

  7. Laura

    I made this cake last night and it was delicious! Everyone loved it! Thank you for another great recipe!

  8. Katie

    Hi Tori! I was thinking of making this as a layer cake. Would that work? If I wanted 3 layers would I triple the recipe? Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Katie sorry for the delay! I haven’t tried it as a layer cake but yes, if you wanted to give it a whirl I would triple the recipe. It is quite a dense cake so you would need something very sturdy to go between the layers. Would love to hear if you tried it! Thanks! Tori

  9. Jayashree Reddy

    I am a stove top cook. I only bake when I am with my daughter, SIL and their 1 and a half year old. Here are some hurdles I experienced:
    large springform pan: I started out with the smallest one my daughter has, but switched to the large one after reviewing the directions. This made for a half inch ‘cake’ with a very crisp crust. So, maybe you should mention the actual diameter of the cake pan you used.
    I am also a little OCD about cleaning as you go. That WILL NOT WORK with this recipe. If you are an ‘out-of-necissity’ baker, collect everything ahead of time, especially the lemon zest and juice. Line them up in the order in which the ingredients are listed and I expect you will succeed . I will be baking this again just for retribution.

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