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Orange Ricotta Cake

I am a fan of Ricotta!!! I love it in food (think cannelloni with ricotta and spinach mmmmm), but I also enjoy it in desserts. It gives your pastry extra creaminess… and that’s what makes it so particularly delicious. For this recipe for an Orange Ricotta Cake, I used Zùsto as the sweetener.

Preparation time

20 min preparation + 35 min cooking

Portion

12 servings

Level

Medium

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Ingredients

For 12 servings
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 175 g Zùsto
  • a pinch of salt
  • 120 g hard margarine or butter
  • 250 g Ricotta
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 5 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Equipment

  • Round baking tin (preferably a spring form) of +/- 18 cm 
  • Grater (for the zest) 
  • Citrus juicer (for the juice of the orange)

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a round baking tin of +/- 18 cm diameter with some margarine and dust with flour.
  2. In a mixing bowl, put the self-rising flour together with the Zùsto and the pinch of salt.
  3. In another mixing bowl mix the butter until soft. Add the ricotta and continue mixing.
  4. Add the eggs 1 by 1 and mix after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, the orange juice and the zest of the orange.
  5. Finally, add the dry ingredients to the ricotta mixture and mix to a smooth batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the tin and bake in the oven for +/- 35 min. Check if the cake is baked properly by pricking it once with a cake stick, satay stick or fork. If this comes out clean, then the cake is ready. Don’t worry, the cake won’t dry out easily because of the ricotta.

Nutritional values

Orange Ricotta Cake For a slice weighing 75 grams (= 1/12th approximately)
Energy (in kcal) 199 kcal
Fat (g) 12 g
Of which saturates 5.3 g
Carbohydrates (g) 13.5 g
Fibre (g) 3.1 g
Protein (g) 5.2 g

About Yasmine Marchal

Hi, I’m Yasmine from the pastry blog Tartes Yaya. As well as running my blog, I work full time as an IT project manager. Baking is my creative outlet, but I also enjoy sports (jogging, hiking, aerial dance and horse riding).

I’m mum to an 8 year old boy, Ilyas, and a 6 year old girl, Fatou. In August 2018, Ilyas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune disease that is not caused by eating too much sugar… just to clarify that! ;)).Even though a type 1 diabetic can eat whatever they want and don’t have to follow a special diet, their body has greater difficulty in processing real sugars because the body is not able to produce insulin itself or manage insulin spikes properly.

My son’s diabetes led me to discover Zùsto and since then, Zùsto has been my favourite sugar substitute!

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