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Ricotta Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


Ricotta Chocolate Cake. The silkiness of the ricotta makes this cake moist and soft, and with the dark chocolate and cinnamon, they create a luscious, scrumptious cake.


  • 300 g ricotta (I used local fresh sheep ricotta)
  • 100 g cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 300 g cake flour (or type 00)
  • 16 grams/1 package (one tablespoon of baking powder is 14 grams, so it is a tiny bit more that one tablespoon)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g butter, melted and cooled
  • 150200 g dark chocolate (I hand chopped a good quality dark chocolate bar 72%, you can also use chips)
  • powdered (icing) sugar, to dust on top


  1. Preheat oven at 350° F (180° C). Butter and flour a 9-in (23 cm) springform pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, work the ricotta and the sugar until creamy smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing lightly.
  4. Add the sifted flour and baking powder, and mix to combine.
  5. Add the vanilla, butter and chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) at the end.
  6. Pour the mixture (it’s pretty thick) in the greased 9-inch (23 cm) pan and level the top.
  7. In the oven, on the medium rack, bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Lastly, take out of the oven, place it on a rack and let cool for at least five minutes before unmolding.
  9. Dust with powdered (icing) sugar and enjoy!


This ricotta chocolate cake will stay fresh, moist, and delicious for 2-3 days.

Use good quality ricotta and a good quality dark chocolate bar (or chips). The amount of the chocolate may vary from 150 g to 200 g according to how much chocolatey you want the cake to be.

Cinnamon and vanilla are a nice addition although one, or both, can be avoided if you do not have it or are allergic to. The cake will still be scrumptious!

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