Classic Ricotta Pound Cake

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Classic Ricotta Pound Cake is dense, soft, and sweet. It is guaranteed to get you to rave reviews at your next potluck!

This slightly sweet Classic Ricotta Pound Cake packs a flavor punch. It satisfies your craving for a moist, buttery, and tender dessert.

Loaf of classic ricotta pound cake.

This dessert is incredibly rich, buttery, irresistible. I use whole milk ricotta in this pound cake recipe.

Pound cake loaf on a wire rack with slices cut.

Classic Ricotta Pound Cake

I have plenty of pound cake recipes, but this is the only one that I make in a loaf pan. Usually, when I bake a cake or sweet bread in a loaf pan, they always sink a little in the center. For some reason, I can’t get the center to bake completely before the edges get overcooked.

baked dessert on a white platter.

Also, this pound cake doesn’t have a fine crumb-like most of the other pound cakes. It’s moist, dense, and creamy, but the crumb is actually quite large especially for a pound cake.

slices of ricotta cake on a platter.

Lemon and ricotta just go together to me so I used lemon zest and lemon extract. I also test this cake with vanilla flavoring. Both flavors were good, but I prefer the lemon.

buttery pound cake made with ricotta cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Like most other pound cakes, this is delicious by itself. BUT, It also makes a great base for ice cream, whipped cream, berries, chocolate, or caramel sauce. And, how great would grilled peaches and mascarpone be!?

slices of buttery cake, close up

*Helpful comment from Lea –

I noticed that a few people had a problem with the cake being undone, or falling in the middle. When I use ricotta cheese in making cannoli cakes, you can’t beat it for very long or it will get runny.
I made this pound cake twice and I creamed the butter and sugar together first, then mixed in all of the other ingredients, then added the ricotta cheese last and mixed it in on low speed and only until it was incorporated. Don’t over beat. As well, I baked the first one in 2 – 9 inch round cake pans and the second one in a fluted pound/bundt cake pan and they both turned out fine. In fact I had one person who ate it say it was her new favorite pound cake. Its awesome, in fact, I’m going to make a 2 tier baby shower cake and cupcakes with this recipe for next week.

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Classic Ricotta Pound Cake

Classic Ricotta Pound Cake

Classic Ricotta Pound Cake is moist, buttery, and rich. This pound cake recipe yields a very dense but moist cake. It’s a smaller pound cake that makes one loaf pan instead of the standard tube or bundt pan.
Author: Paula
4.72 from 111 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with butter or solid vegetable shortening then sprinkle of granulated sugar or flour. Wilton cake release is great to prevent sticking too! (I use shortening and sugar. Sugar doesn't leave white patches like flour does.)
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, ricotta, and sugar until smooth about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. The batter may look curdled at this point. It's okay just keep mixing. Stop the mixer and scrap the sides. Return the mixer to med-low.
  • Add the flour mixture and either vanilla extract or lemon zest and extract, depending on which you prefer. Scrap down sides and allow to beat about 30 seconds.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Test cake by inserting a wooden pick into the center. If the pick is clean or has dry crumbs the cake is cooked perfectly. Dark pans cook faster than light pans as well as if you put the pan on a cookie sheet to bake. (I ALWAYS put cakes or pies on another pan to prevent spills from leaking in the oven.) Watch the time and cake carefully according to your oven and your pans.
  • Allow cake to cool on wire rack 15 minutes before inverting onto serving tray.


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Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Made the pound cake and I added blueberries to one excellent. Did take a little longer to bake but definitely will do again

  2. Can I use light ricotta for this? Do I need to make any other changes to the recipe if I’m using light?

    1. I haven’t tested it with light ricotta. And I’m not familiar with light ricotta. Typically, full fat ingredients are recommended for baking;.

    2. I used 15oz low fat ricotta, tastes just fine. My only problem was with the cooking time – needed 30 minutes extra than recommended 45.

  3. 5 stars
    Very tasty! This recipe was easy to convert to gluten-free. I cooked it for 80 minutes
    and it was perfect.

    1. What brand of Gluten Free Flour did you use? My daughter was recently diagnosed with Siliac (?) and so far we haven’t found a good Gluten Free flour.It is most discouraging

      Thank you in advance for your reply

      1. I seemingly tried them all before I found King Arthur measure for measure gluten free flour. It is by far the tastiest and it makes baking gluten free super easy – you substitute it one for one in to any of your regular gluten recipes and it comes out perfect every time! Your daughter will no longer have to go without her favorite baked goods.

  4. Would the pound cake need to be kept in fridge or is it ok to leave out since it has ricotta in it

  5. I just got done making this and went with the instructions. The only difference was I only had skim ricotta cheese. And I did not use lemon juice in it just the vanilla extract.
    It did need to be baked longer then it says. Had it for atleast 75 minutes. And even then the middle was still wet. 🙁
    The flavor…well it took me and my husband by surprise as it did NOT taste like pound cake but a moist and very sweet cornbread! Despite that, we actually liked it lol.

  6. I am making this for a dinner in two days. Should it be refrigerated and then served at room tempt?

  7. 5 stars
    My family loved it! I couldn’t keep our 8 month old German Shepherd and 5 year old Pomeagle out of the kitchen! They kept begging for more slices!

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent! It did take longer to cook than the recipe said – I also accidentally used a cup of butter rather 3/4! Still, when all was said and done – yum! Better the next day and on it’s own. I also made a raspberry brandy sauce and then topped with whipped cream.

    You can always leave ricotta in a cheesecloth over a bowl to really get the moisture out of it or try finding hand-packed ricotta.

    1. oh, thanks for the tip! I agree it’s better the next day. I like your brandy sauce!! Thanks for commenting.

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