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Grapefruit Ricotta Cake

from kristineskitchenblog.com
Ricotta cheese makes this pound cake extra moist, and the sweet grapefruit cream cheese frosting is the perfect balance to the tart cake. You will love the bright citrus flavors in this Ricotta Cake/
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 554kcal


For the cake:

  • cups 192g cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. grapefruit zest
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp. 1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup 120g powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. grapefruit zest
  • pinch of salt
  • grapefruit slices for garnish, if desired


Make the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan, letting it hang up and over the sides on the two ends.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and grapefruit zest. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the ricotta, grapefruit juice, and vanilla and beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions. Beat until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Be sure to insert the tester all the way down to the bottom of the cake, as the top may be done but the bottom might still be gooey.
  • Let cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely before frosting.

Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until incorporated. Beat in the grapefruit juice, zest, and salt. Spread icing over top of cooled cake in a thick layer. Garnish with grapefruit slices, if desired. Store frosted cake in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1slice (1/8 loaf) | Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1051IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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