Caramelised orange ricotta cake

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I have made lemon ricotta cake a couple of times before but this time I really wanted to change up the flavour and therefore made an orange ricotta cake. I didn’t fancy a plain ricotta sponge so I added some caramelized oranges slices to add extra fruitiness.

Looks like a very summery dessert but I thought as we seem to be having our last rays of an Indian summer here in the UK it would be perfect. I toned down the butter content as the ricotta really makes the cake seriously moist. I’m enjoying baking with fruit at the moment, this way I feel like I’m getting some of my 5 a day fruit portions lol!

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Keep an eye out as more fruit make a special appearance in my recipes. I hope you enjoy this sweet and sour dessert!

INGREDIENTS

125g softened butter
150g caster sugar
Zest of 2 oranges
3 eggs separated
250g ricotta cheese
125g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Splash of milk

For cake topping
2 oranges sliced with no peel
40g brown muscavado sugar
25g butter

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/fan 160°c/gas mark 4

• Beat sugar and butter until fluffy, mix in the ricotta, zest and yolks. Fold in the flour and baking powder and splash of milk (2 to 3 tbsp)

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• Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the orange ricotta batter

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• grease a cake tin approx 20cm and cover the base with the sugar add the butter and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes until your left with a lovely dark brown caramel syrup

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• Lay the orange slices on the caramel syrup, then gently pour in the cake mixture on top of it

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• Bake in the oven for 40-45 or until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean

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• Leave in the tin to cool for 30 minutes and then slowly invert onto a plate. You may wish to serve the cake warm with a little vanilla ice cream!

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22 thoughts on “Caramelised orange ricotta cake

  1. Dimple. I could sit and eat that whole plate. I’d either have to make one, and eat the whole thing before anyone got home. Or make two, one for me and one for the rest of the family.
    This is so beautiful. I need to try this cake. I just added the ingredients to my grocery list for tomorrow! ❤

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