Lemon-Ricotta Layer Cake

From bridal showers to graduation parties, springtime offers an abundance of celebrations that call for a beautiful dessert. Here's one special cake to make your next event even sweeter.

Wisconsin Cheese Lemon-Ricotta Layer Cake Recipe
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50 Minutes


Lemon-Ricotta Cake:

Vanilla Frosting:

Speckle Decoration:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Ricotta can be used in this recipe.


Lemon-Ricotta Cake:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottoms of three greased 6-inch round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. 
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each until well combined.
  3. Whisk the buttermilk, ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another medium bowl; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with ricotta mixture, beating each addition until combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Remove parchment. Cool completely.

Vanilla Frosting:

  1. Cream butter and 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the remaining sugar, beating each addition until combined. Add the vanilla, cream and food coloring if desired; beat until blended.
  2. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with a heaping 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake.

Speckle Decoration: 

  1. Combine almond extract and luster dust if desired. Dip into luster dust mixture with a new, stiff-bristle paint brush; gently tap to remove excess color. Flick brush towards the cake to create a speckle decoration pattern. Store cake in the refrigerator. 

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Each small batch of BelGioioso Ricotta con Latte® cheese is made to order, which guarantees its freshness. This award-winning cheese proudly boasts a fresh, clean and milky flavor.

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