10+ Ricotta Desserts everyone loves

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Can’t figure out what to do with ricotta cheese? These sweet and luscious ricotta desserts are the answer. Check out this crowd-pleasing list of recipes perfect to turn this fresh Italian cheese into a wonderful treat.

They’re all guaranteed to be hits.

I can’t get enough of fresh ricotta. I’ve published several recipes that use this terrific Italian soft cheese, from this popular lemon ricotta pasta to this collection of wonderful ricotta recipes.

I LOVE this convenient, versatile, creamy cheese for good reason!

First things first. Ricotta, made from milk and whey, has about half the calories and fat of mascarpone and cream cheese and is a much lighter alternative to cook and bake with.

And while lasagnas and pastas may be the first recipes you think of, ricotta can go into all kinds of desserts – from delightful cakes to cookies, ice cream and so forth.

There are sweet ricotta recipes to please everybody!

Secondly, adding ricotta to desserts brings creaminess and moisture without weighing you down and gives you a lovely balance of sweet and tangy.

Finally, its fresh flavor pairs wonderfully with berries, citrus, fresh fruit, chocolate as well as elevating cheesecakes and cakes.

I’ve rounded up my favourite desserts with ricotta cheese that will win over the hearts of anyone who tries them. Wonderful ends to any meal!


Ricotta Desserts

If you loved these ricotta desserts…

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10+ Delicious Ricotta Desserts

Can't figure out what to do with ricotta cheese? These sweet and luscious ricotta desserts are the answer, especially this lovely moist raspberry ricotta cake that is easy to make in one bowl and turns perfectly every single time.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: raspberry ricotta cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Katia


  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar (I used unrefined cane sugar)
  • ½ scant cup (about 80 grams) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp (250 grams) ricotta, possibly at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup (190 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of fine salt
  • 1 ½ cup (180-200 grams) raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • powdered sugar to dust (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and place the rack in the middle position.
  • Grease a 9x5x2.5 inch loaf pan with butter, cooking spray, or simply line the pan with parchment paper (in this case there's no need to grease the pan).
  • Place flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk well to distribuite the baking powder evenly.
  • In second bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until well combined.
  • Stir in the vegetable oil, then add ricotta, vanilla extract, lemon zest and mix well until smooth.
  • Add the flour mix and stir until combined, but do not overmix (a few lumps are ok).
  • Gently fold the raspberries by passing a spatula down through the mixture, across the bottom, and up over the top.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F/180°C, the reduce the temperature to 340°F/170°C for a further 15-20 minutes. Each oven is different, check the doneness after 45 minutes, the cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve dusted with some powdered sugar if you wish.


Do not overmix the batter: working flour too much can produce gluten, which creates a dense and rubbery cake.
Round baking pan: if you use a round baking pan (approx 9 or 10 inches diameter) check for doneness after 30-35 minutes
Storage: this raspberry ricotta cake keeps well for 4 days at room temperature, in an airtight container. It’s also freezable.
Nutrition facts: Please note that the nutrition values are based on an online nutrition calculator.  It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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