Sorry for going on and on in the video about my love for this cake but it really is so wonderful – a mix of some of my favourite baked goods – a cheesecake, a muffin and a lemon tart. Last night I tried making this with extra ricotta (500grams) and 20 grams more of flour and I added frozen berries to the top after half an hour in the oven. It gives you a much more dense cheesecake texture, and the tart flavour of the berries works really well with the other creamy buttery flavours, however, I’m undecided as to which I prefer. The measurements below will give you that light airy but buttery texture you see featured in the video. I hope you like it.

INGREDIENTS:

190 grams (1 1/3 cups) of plain flour

A big pinch of salt

2 teaspoons of baking powder

115 grams of butter

200 grams (1 cup) of sugar

2 medium lemons (zest and juice)

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla (extract or essence)

360 grams (1.5 cups) of ricotta

Pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg *optional

Mascarpone to serve

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 356 degrees Fahrenheit and line a tin or pan with baking paper.
  2. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Chop your zest BEFORE juicing your lemons – it’s much easier.
  4. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl (with lemon juice if you’re whipping by hand as I did).
  5. Add lemon juice and zest.
  6. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.
  7. Add vanilla and spice if you have these (if not, don’t fret – it will still be delicious).
  8. Add half the flour and mix gently.
  9. Add all the ricotta and mix again.
  10. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
  11. Pour into the pan and leave to cook for about an hour… but it really depends on your oven (I find ovens so varying even at the same temperature!) so take a peek at about 45 mins. It shouldn’t wobble like jelly when you shake it in the pan. Or you can stick a knife in and see if it comes out clean but I always hate ruining the top of the cake and also, this cake is best when only JUST cooked so it’s still lovely and moist. Basically, see how in the video the top of my cake wasn’t totally golden, just light yellow and crisp. That is what you’re looking for.
  12. Serve with a generous spoonful of mascarpone!

46 Comments

  1. Hi Kylie,
    I hope you were able to read my comment on YouTube but thought I would paraphrase here just in case. I came upon your channel a couple of weeks ago now and as much as I like the video content I really believe what I admire the most is the thoughts you share. You have an incredible gift of provoking thought when you tell stories allowing the listener to mentally go there with you. Today, I started to understand where that gift came from when you spoke about your parents gathering you and your sister when you were young and inviting you to dream out loud. Although I have binge watched some of your videos I stopped trying to take them all in at once and spread them out over time. I came to that conclusion after watching all 5 of the Amalfi Coast videos. I realized each one had it’s own message and although short in duration I found myself going back and watching again because I felt I cheated myself by not pondering each on individually. I’m glad I did and truth be told, I loved the story of the young girl who visited and met the man who would fulfill her for the remainder of her life. What an amazing story. I’m a die hard romantic and hope to experience that love someday. Well, if you read this far, thank you for taking the time. I absolutely love your work Kylie and would be honored to hear from you just to know you received this. There is so much more to say but I’m off to buy lemons and try out this cake. I’ve also got to figure out where to purchase mascarpone ……………. Rob

  2. Just made this into four little loafs and it’s absolutely divine! what I would do for a full cookbook from you oh myyyy! Stay well in the countryside.

    • Kylie Flavell

      So happy to hear this!!

      • Sandy Baca

        Hi, I watch Bon apitite and you came on after Grandma Gina, I loved your show. I am making your bread right now. My kitchen smells lovely. I cant wait till my family comes home and smells the kitchen and we taste your bread.
        I also agree I hope you make a cook book. 🙂

  3. Wonderful Kylie 👌I will be making this cake,you have inspired me to bake 🙏🏼
    Blessings to you🙏🏼🥰💜🇦🇺

  4. Hi, can you also substitute the mascarpone you serve the cake with, for Ricotta? So, serving the cake with Ricotta instead of mascarpone?

    • Kylie Flavell

      Sorry for the delayed reply, Sera. Yes, you can. You could also serve it with cream or just butter or just without anything at all. I like mascarpone because it’s firmer than whipped cream.

  5. Judith Gargiulo

    Looks delicious! What plain flour (farina) do you recommend? Thank you.

    • Kylie Flavell

      Hello Judith. Honestly, I’ve made this with all-purpose flour but I think if you have a choice of cake flour that is preferable. 🙂

  6. I just made this recipe, used ricotta as the garnish and it tasted great!
    Nice and fluffy, tasty tasty!
    I used cake/pastry flour, just cause I’m running out of real flour

  7. Victoria Voltaire

    Hola, and greetings from America!

    I recently stumbled across your channel not even an hour ago and instantly subscribed. During this time of quarantine, your channel offers a bit of an escape. You seem to capture the little moments that matter so much. Thank you for creating these short videos that illustrate the greatness of delayed gratification (as you described in one of your videos). Keep up the amazing work!

    -Vica

    • Kylie Flavell

      I’m so glad my work can give you a little escapism. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      • Mucsi Pàl

        Szia Kylie !
        Most iratkoztam fel én is a csatornàdra .
        Tetszik a videód!
        Egyszerű ember közelinek kedvesnek tűnsz .
        Tetszik az Ország ahol élsz, a hàz a régi ablak ,a kàvéfőződ !Nekem az egyszerű
        Kalàcsok izlenek és pogàcsàk mint amit itt keszitettél!
        Tetszik a tàj a Cédrusokkal szegélyezett utak dombok a rét,csodálatos a napfény!
        Sajnos én nem értem a szavaidat ,így a gondolataidat sem tudom csak azt látom ,hogy rendkívüli derűvel és szeretettel beszélsz !
        Jó az ilyen derűs kis filmeket nézni !
        Köszönjük!
        Baráti üdvözlettel
        Pali.🖐️🙂
        💐🌱🥐

    • Michele Donati

      Thank you for this fantastic recipe.

  8. The https://www.kylieflavell.com website is one of the best
    we have found, and the ITALIAN LEMON & RICOTTA CAKE – Kylie
    Flavell article is very well written and useful!
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    Thanks and kisses! 🙂

  9. I made this today and it is indeed fantastic. I used less sugar, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I don’t think I’ve ever had this cake before, in Italy or anywhere else. It smells lemony in the entire house, and it’s just great. Thanks for the inspiration and for the beautiful videos.

  10. Raven Wiles

    Hi Kylie! I just made this cake today for my mom and I. It’s so delicious and such a lovely texture!! I added a pinch of cardamom to mine as I love the taste paired with citrus. Thank you for sharing the recipe and always putting out such creative and inspiring content. Hope you are doing well 😊

  11. Dear Kylie
    My husband is a QANTAS pilot who has been stood down. He is currently in isolation in Darwin but arrives home tomorrow. His one wish (re food) is to have your cake. Our children and I will be making it for him. Thank you for producing such a lovely video at this confronting time. Deanna

  12. My new angelic friend I wish I could send my food creations with you … I am a passionate intuitive cook I do not measure though. I am alone no family no friends but you can break my trauma isolation with the beauty of your soul that is trapped within me too thanks and blessings. Sophia Anderson fb

  13. Thank u so much for the comforting vibes and recipes and videos you are putting out! I live in New York and we have been isolating at home for about 3 weeks. I promise you my husband loves me more right now because of your videos!!! they inspire me to cook and be happy and relax and it makes my 2 year old just as happy. Thank u!!!!! please keep posting!

  14. Hanan Marji Nimri.

    Good morning Kylie
    I came upon your channel last night and I realy realy loved it, I love the story behinds it , you inspired me to start baking again , I am in my kitchen now preparing to start making the lemon ricotta cake .
    One little comment if you please that is if you can add the size of the pan ,
    thank you for an amazing and sweet video Kylie. keep on going.
    regards from a Jordanian mom living in the USA.

  15. Hi Kylie,
    I love all of your videos, so inspiring and especially now with the quarantine-I feel like I am truly experiencing Italy.
    I would love to try this recipe but I don’t see the amounts for the sugar, lemon zest or ricotta?
    Blessings to you,

    • Kylie Flavell

      Thank you, Shannon! Just look in the text above, before the instructions with the heading ‘Method’, you will see another heading ‘Ingredients’, where I’ve listed all the measurements. 😊

      • I too not able to find exact number of eggs, baking powder. I only see the measurement for flour and pinch of salt. I clicked on each area. I had to look at other sites for exact measurements. I had to look elsewhere to figure out how much of each or guess from your video instructions.

  16. Kylie! I just found your channel on youtube this week…I’m so so deeply inspired. I moved to Modena with my boyfriend in February and I had exactly two weeks before the lockdown started, fortunately we had found a place to live within that two weeks, but as the days in isolation went on and on I thought “no, I won’t make it here in Italy”, “Will I ever find a job here? Or friends?” …You and your videos gave (or better..are giving) me so much h o p e ! Now I know, I will make it. And I’m going to stay here in Italy, somehow find a job (whatever it might be to begin with) and live the life here that belongs to me. I cannot thank you enough for giving me the confidence and sparking my willpower! p.s. …questa torta…un sogno 🙂

  17. Hi! Im going to do this recipe for my birthday but you forgot to write the amount of ricotta!

  18. Only a third of the recipe is displayed on here , could u please disclose all the ingredients and quantities , as I’d love to try this cake very much 💕💋

    • Kylie Flavell

      Hey Lizzy, not sure why you can’t see all the ingredients. I’ve had about 50 people use the recipe with no trouble. How strange. I’m so sorry. Perhaps try looking on a different device.

    • NGREDIENTS:

      190 grams (1 1/3 cups) of plain flour

      A big pinch of salt

      2 teaspoons of baking powder

      115 grams of butter

      200 grams (1 cup) of sugar

      2 medium lemons (zest and juice)

      3 eggs

      1 teaspoon of vanilla (extract or essence)

      360 grams (1.5 cups) of ricotta

      Pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg *optional

      Mascarpone to serve

      lemon ricotta cake recipe

  19. Just beautiful. Thank you! 💜💜💜

  20. Susan Stupak

    Hello,
    I just came upon your video and it brings back such fond memories of living in Florence, Italia…… learning the language, etc… especially with The Most Wonderful Man!!! Who was the Love of My Life! This was back in the 80’s…
    You are very gifted in so many ways. I am going to make your Lemon Bread… lemons are my favorite. I would like to be subscribed to your channel. Again, thank you for this special video! Susan

  21. I’m a Young Living distributor. I made this beautiful cake and added my lemon essential oil to it. Wow what an amazing lemon flavour. This cake has become one of my go too for a Sunday tea and maybe even a slice in the morning when the kids are still sleeping 🤫
    Thank you for all you do.

  22. How did you end up such a well-rounded individual! It seems like you know a bit about everything! You make beautiful videos, you can cook, you have a way with words…damn!

  23. Dear Kylie ,
    I started watching your videos in March this year , I am a healthcare worker in nyc . In the midst of this pandemic , it was a such pleasure for me to just watch your videos and immerse myself into a different world, beautiful, humane and warm , caring …a respite from work
    Things are looking up now and much better – now time to celebrate

    I watched your video with the lemon ricotta cake and I baked it this evening , tommorow I will bring it to work and share it with my colleagues , a celebration life , summer and to people like you who helped to remind all of us – life is beautiful

    Ps I took a picture , first time I baked like in 15 years , your videos inspired me , but I can’t paste the picture here – but it looks great , I am sure it will taste great too since it’s made with love

    Keep up your great work

  24. Bonjour, Buongiorno, for those having trouble seeing part of the recipe, I have found it sometimes good to try another browser.
    Great inspiration! Merci. Ciao.

  25. Made this as a dessert after the entree papardelle with Ragú from your recipes and my family LOVED it. Your videos (all) are so cinematic and beautiful that I want to get back into the kitchen asap – preferably one in Florence, if I can someday. Huge, huge fan of yours.

  26. Karen Micallef

    Hi Kylie
    So I made the cake and wow it turned out perfect . I even splurged on buying two vanilla bean pods and scraped out the seeds. It was a dream to make and I had your video playing in the background. The music added to the joy of the bake. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards
    Karen.

  27. MARYBETH Lara

    We absolutely love this Kylie..I made orange as well..it’s my family’s favorite now…thank you for sharing your recipes!😍

  28. Thanks for the Lemon & Ricotta cake recipe. I made it today, replacing the lemon juice with some of the lemon curd I made a few days ago. It was delicious, as is my lemon curd. I look forward to trying some more of your recipes!
    Cheers,
    Michelle

  29. So thrilled to have found you.. such dreamy videos .. going to live thru them, ☺️ My paternal grandfather from Tuscany, maternal Nana & family from Calabria… our Fall Italy trip was put on hold bc of this… Cant wait to make your lemon rig cake tomorrow.. So love to cook w my 2 sm grandchildren, another on the way! How they love to help Mimi in the kitchen, and roll out gnocchi, stir, etc .. ♥️ Ciao Bella

  30. Jean Gibson

    Made this cake for our Saturday family dinner and the batter before cooking was amazing! After baking and serving today my family ate the whole cake. It was so delicious.

  31. rose christopher

    Can’t wait to make this!! Thanks for sharing. I love your videos!

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