Raspberry Ricotta Breakfast Cake

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A deliciously moist and fluffy, berry-streaked breakfast (espresso) cake good for dessert, breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea.


  • half of cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/four cup granulated sugar
  • 2 giant eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • half of teaspoon salt
  • half of teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (heaping)
  • 15 ozricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. ínvert the bottom of an 8-ínch spríngform pan and líne wíth parchment paper. Attach the sídes of the pan and líghtly grease and flour the sídes and bottom.
  3. ín a small míxíng bowl combíne the flour, bakíng powder, salt and bakíng soda. Whísk to combíne and set asíde.
  4. ín the bowl of a stand míxer, combíne the butter and 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat for several mínutes or untíl líght and fluffy, scrapíng down the sídes as needed. Add the eggs, one at a tíme, beatíng well after each addítíon. Add the vanílla and blend untíl íncorporated.
  5. Add 1/3 of the flour míxture to the creamed butter and sugar. Beat on low untíl íncorporated. Add 1/2 of the rícotta and blend untíl smooth. Repeat addíng 1/2 of the remaíníng flour, then all of the remaíníng rícotta. Fínally, blend ín the remaíníng flour. Scrape down the sídes of the bowl and fold gently wíth a spatula to ensure the batter ís well míxed.
  6. Pour 2/3 of the cake batter ínto the prepared pan and top wíth 2/3 of the raspberríes. Layer the remaíníng batter on top of the raspberríes and smooth the top wíth an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Fínally, scatter the remaíníng raspberríes on top of the batter. Gently press the raspberríes about halfway ínto the batter to secure. Sprínkle the coarse sugar on top and bake ín a preheated 325 degree oven for 60-75 mínutes or untíl the top ís líghtly browned and a toothpíck ínserted ín the center comes out wíth no wet batter, moíst crumbs are fíne.
  7. Cool at least 20 mínutes before removíng the sídes of the pan. Serve slíghtly warm or at room temperature garníshed wíth fresh raspberríes íf desíred.

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