Anyone who knows me, knows perfectly well that Lemon is my favorite food. There is nothing like it. everything tastes better with Lemon. My second favorite food is Cheese. I've had a love affair with cheese for years. I'll add it to anything.
So when I saw this recipe posted in one of my favorite food blogs, I ran to the store (not literally) to get some Ricotta. If you have the time, check out this recipe for homemade Ricotta.
I urge you to try this recipe as soon as you can. Whatever other Lemon Cake recipe you've ever tried doesn't compare to this one.
The texture of the batter was grainy from the beginning thanks to the Ricotta. I knew that the end result would be crumbly to perfection. I wasn't disappointed.
*Note: A a reader pointed out that I used a different baking pan. I baked my cake in a round 9 inch spring pan. This recipe originally calls for a 9 inch loaf pan. Feel free to use any type of 9 inch pan you have available.
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more to grease the baking pan
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 lemons, zested
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ricotta cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the machine running, add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and lemon zest and mix until combined.
3. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, place the mixed berries in a small bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir well and set aside until serving time.
5. To serve, slice the pound cake and serve with a spoonful of mixed berries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.