Citrus Olive Oil Cake

This cake is bursting with citrus flavors. I love orange and lemon flavor in cakes. The citrus really complements all of the other ingredients.

The olive oil, ricotta and the honey keep this cake super moist. You’re going to love the texture. I had a couple slices with a cup of coffee while writing this post – it’s so yummy! šŸ™‚

It’s super easy to make. Whenever I have ricotta in the fridge, I’m tempted to make this cake. It’s so good. I hope you enjoy it too.

Citrus Olive Oil Ricotta Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Orange and lemon olive oil cake with fresh fruit

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: citrus olive oil cake, lemon ricotta cake, olive oil cake, orange olive oil cake, orange ricotta cake, Ricotta cake, Sicilian Ricotta Cake
Servings: 12
Author: Rosa
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pitted cherries (halved) or oranges (chopped in 1/2 inch pieces) or blueberries
  • 1/4 cup almond slices for the top of the cake (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease a 9 inch round pan generously with oil or butter and then coat with flour.

  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Then add the sugar and whisk until firm peaks form.

  5. Add the egg yolks and whisk until combined.

  6. Gradually add the olive oil and whisk on low speed until incorporated.

  7. Add the ricotta cheese, vanilla, honey, orange and lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk on low speed until incorporated.

  8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix gently by hand with a spatula until mostly combined. Then add the fresh fruit. (Reserve 1/4 cup fruit for the top of the cake). Mix just until combined. Do not overmix the batter.

  9. Pour the batter into the pan. Use a spatula to push the batter into the corners of the pan and smooth out the top of the cake. Sprinkle the top of the cake with 1/4 cup sliced almonds if you like.

  10. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cake clean. Check at 40 minutes.

  11. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before flipping it onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with icing sugar. Serve as is or with whipping cream and fresh fruit.

Recipe Notes
  • This is a very thick batter. Use a spatula to spread the batter out evenly in the pan.
  • I have only tested this recipe with fresh fruit: cherries, oranges and blueberries. I’m not sure how frozen fruit will affect the texture of this cake.
  • You may need to extend the cook time by a few minutes if you’re using a high moisture ricotta. Traditional ricotta has a higher moisture level than smooth ricotta, but I have made this cake with both kinds of ricotta and different brands and it has always worked well for me. The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

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