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Limoncello Ricotta Almond Cake


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for the pan
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup full-fat ricotta (see note below) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Zest from 1 organic lemon
  • 3 eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


Cook’s note: The moisture content of ricotta can vary greatly. If you ricotta is really watery, just let it drain in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl for a few hours in the fridge.  

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until incorporated. Mix in the ricotta, vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg yolks, one at a time, continuing to beat until very light and creamy. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add in the limoncello, almond flour and baking powder and beat to combine.  Clean the beaters thoroughly.
  4. In a separate clean chilled bowl, beat the egg whites with the mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture. (Don’t worry if white streaks remain – they will disappear once in the oven.)
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan. Smooth the top with a spatula or spoon. Sprinkle with the sliced almonds. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until firm yet slightly springy to the touch.
  6. Allow to cool completely. (It will fall slightly.) Dust with the powdered sugar and serve!