Autumn is the season of gatherings, and what better way to celebrate than with a homemade Pumpkin Ricotta Cake? In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the process of crafting this delightful dessert that’s perfect for sharing with loved ones.
Pumpkin Ricotta Cake Recipe
Pumpkin Ricotta Cake
- Preheat oven into 350°F while preparing an angel food cake pan (or Bundt cake pan) by greasing it and slightly sprinkling it with flour.
- Into a medium bowl, incorporate the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt).
- Next, mix in with sugar and butter using stand mixer with paddle attachment.
- Add the eggs, one by one, making sure that you stir the mixture well after each addition.
- Add in the ricotta, pumpkin and vanilla extract and mix again.
- Fold in the flour into the wet ingredients and when you’re done, pour the mixture into the cake pan.
- Bake the mixture for about 50 minutes and check using toothpick (or knife) test. Put the pan onto the wire rack for about 10 minutes to let it cool down.
- You can opt to dust the pumpkin cake using powdered sugar or frost it with your choice of icing.
- Store the cheesecake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you don't have an airtight container big enough for the cheesecake, wrap it with plastic wrap and it will last up to 3 days in the fridge.
- To freeze your cheesecake, cut it into individual slices and then wrap them in foil or plastic, then place them in freezer plastic bags. It will last 4 to 6 weeks in the freezer.
- Thaw your frozen cheesecake slices overnight in the refrigerator. If in a rush, cheesecake slices can be unthawed on the counter in 30 minutes.
Time and Serving
- Preparation : 15 minutes
- Cooking : 50 minutes
- Serving : one 9-inch cake
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Alternative Method: Baking in the Oven
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Baking Time: 45-50 minutes Servings: 8
- 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or a similar-sized baking dish.
- Prepare Dry Ingredients: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. Set this dry mixture aside.
- Beat Eggs and Sugar: In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and granulated sugar together until the mixture becomes pale and slightly thickened. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
- Incorporate Butter and Pumpkin: Add the softened unsalted butter and canned pumpkin puree to the egg-sugar mixture. Continue to beat until well combined.
- Add Ricotta and Vanilla: Mix in the whole milk ricotta cheese and vanilla extract until all ingredients are fully integrated.
- Combine Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the prepared dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix until you have a smooth and consistent batter.
- Transfer to Baking Dish: Pour the batter into your greased and floured cake pan or baking dish, spreading it evenly.
- Bake in the Oven: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool and Serve: Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice and Enjoy: Cut into slices, serve, and savor the delightful flavors of your homemade Pumpkin Ricotta Cake.
Tips for making Pumpkin Ricotta Cake
- Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your eggs, butter, and ricotta cheese are at room temperature. This helps in achieving a smoother batter.
- Accurate Measuring: Use accurate measuring cups and spoons for dry and wet ingredients. Accurate measurements are crucial in baking.
- Don’t Overmix: Once you add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, mix until just combined. Overmixing can make the cake dense.
- Toothpick Test: To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but not wet.
- Cooling Time: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack for complete cooling.
- Whipped Cream: Top each slice with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream for added indulgence.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: Serve warm slices with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream for a comforting dessert.
- Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the cake for a sweet and gooey treat.
- Fresh Berries: A side of fresh berries, like raspberries or strawberries, adds a refreshing contrast to the cake’s richness.
- Hot Beverages: Enjoy your cake with a steaming cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or a fragrant chai tea.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pumpkin Ricotta Cake
- Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin puree? Absolutely! You can use fresh pumpkin puree. Just make sure it’s well-drained and has a similar consistency to canned puree.
- How should I store leftover Pumpkin Ricotta Cake? Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage.
- Can I use low-fat ricotta cheese in the recipe? While whole milk ricotta adds richness, you can use low-fat ricotta if you prefer a lighter option. The cake will still be delicious.
- Can I make this cake gluten-free? Yes, you can. Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend in a 1:1 ratio for a gluten-free version.
- How can I reheat a slice of chilled Pumpkin Ricotta Cake? Reheat individual cake slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes.
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