Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ricotta Almond Cake

Our Nonna was the best Italian cook in the whole wide world - maybe it was because she was born in Italy and lived there until she got married.   Nonna baked many Italian desserts that mom makes because she insists on carrying on holiday traditions.
One dessert that mom has never had (because Nonna never made it) is Ricotta Almond Cake. It's made at Easter.   A site on facebook posted a "Cooking with Nonna" link and mom read the recipe and immediately started to drool.

It's 1 pound of ricotta and 1/2 pound of almond paste, 4 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar and the juice of 1/2 an orange.  That's it - so simple!

Mix ingredients well and pour into a well-buttered  8" X 8" pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for approx 1 hour until it's a beautiful golden color.  Test with toothpick.

 We didn't get to lick the beaters because very little batter was on them but we did get a taste of ricotta off the spoon. 
 More please!
We wish we could ask Nonna why she never made this cake before.  We can only guess that she had her favorites at Easter and didn't need another cake to bake.

This cake is soooooooo simple.  It doesn't even have a crust so it's healthier for you, right?!
And the taste - yummmmmmmmmm.  If you like marzipan and that intense almond taste, this cake is for you.   It's wonderfully flavorful and rich and delicious!   We will definitely be making this again and again!

We had snow showers all day yesterday!  What happened to spring?!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


  1. Mama said she will HAVE to try this recipe!! It sounds so good!! We personally love the ricotta cheese like you two.

    Happy Sunday! Let's hope it begins to warm up sometime soon...
    xo Chloe and LadyBug

  2. The cake sounds fabulous and really love your snow pix. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I think we need to get the muzzer to try this recipe! And we might put sliced almonds on the bottom before we put the cakey stuff on top. That way it would have some crunch! And we like crunch. We are sure glad your Mom found this recipe!

    Gus N Teka

  4. MMMMM...we think some chocolate shavings on the top!

    Stop us NOW!

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  6. Delicious looking! Can we have some? :-P

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

  7. and...what time do you want me over?? Looks yummy and we have that ole darn snow to!!


  8. WE are heading in... Right behind OREO... That cake looks and sounds ASTOUNDING.

    BUTT we don't care much fur the SNOW stuffs... just sayin'.

  9. WE are heading in... Right behind OREO... That cake looks and sounds ASTOUNDING.

    BUTT we don't care much fur the SNOW stuffs... just sayin'.

  10. Noa you got Mom all wound up over this cake....maybe, just maybe we will get some.......Oh Barharhar more snow, hopes it's gone by easter egg hunt time!

    The Mad Scots

  11. We bet your house smells like almonds. We all love that smell. That sounds like a cake we could all share.

  12. A white Easter...BOL! SHE is going to make that cake. That's the kind SHE loves.....and dead got HER there.

    Well, cut yourselves some slices of cake and curl up in front of the fire....

  13. Yummm - sounds like a very tasty cake.

    And you know, we think that snow makes those trees and flowers even prettier than ever:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  14. That cake looks delish! Our witch hazel has just started blooming too.

  15. Nonna's cake sounds scrumptious!!! You are two lucky dogs to have that yummy food around.
    Thank you for your compliment on the horse and farrier painting. I think it looks a lot better this way, too :)
    Kathryn xx

  16. Sounds delish. I can't believe y'all are still getting that white stuff.

    Aroo to you,

  17. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I would like some please! I would also like some of your snow. Maybe I can come live at your house for a bit? It seems like Good Stuff happens there!

  18. It sounds like a wonderfully yummy cake!!! Oh gosh,, wish we had a bite!
    The photos are so beautiful,, like a painting!!

  19. I love ricotta and I adore almond, and orange is one of my favourite flavours - but I'm wondering about the texture. Is it a bit like a flourless orange cake?

  20. We have to try that cake. Hope your snow melts quickly

  21. The only thing that sounds better than your cake right now is your SNOW!!!!!!!

    No. Just kidding. The cake sounds way better!!!

  22. We love to make the little marzipan designed fruits at the holiday to decorate with.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  23. All I can say is yumsicles!!

    Loveys Sasha

  24. Parental Unit is half Italian and her Nonna didn't make that cake either, but it looks and sounds delicious!