Monday, September 29, 2014

Mini Ricotta Cakes with Berries - Tortina di Ricotta con Frutti di Bosco

Soft and moist mini cakes with ricotta cheese. Topped with deliciously sweet fresh berries and Nutella
A few weekends ago I went to one of my favorite Italian restaurant in the area, and had a delicious tortina di ricotta with berries on top. Sooo good that I have been dreaming about it since!
Obviously I had to try and make it myself. The dessert was soft and moist, but not quite a cheese cake. A bit spongy and dense-ish but not quite a pound cake. Not too sugary, but covered with deliciously sweet fresh berries and chocolate sauce.
With all this information, I gave it a try. I first experimented with lots of ricotta, very little flour and sugar, and no baking powder. Good, but not quite good enough. With a little more flour, some baking powder and the addition of lemon zest, I got it! My second batch came out delicious. These mini cakes look and taste just like the one at the restaurant. Here is what I did:
Ingredients to make 12 small cakes
  • 15 oz ricotta
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour 
  • fresh organic berries
  • Nutella     
Preparation time: about 60 minutes
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl,  mix the ricotta with the sugar.
Step 2: Stir in the eggs. Blend in the  lemon zest, vanilla extract, baking powder and flour.
Step 3: Fill the silicone muffin pan  about three quarters of the way. Bake for about 30 minutes, until nicely golden on top.
Step 3: Let them cool off a little bit before removing from mold. Melt some nutella in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Cut the fruit and place a few pieces on top of each mini cake. Sprinkle with nutella.
Enjoy :-)


  1. I have a question how many grams is ricotta? I`m not good with oz, sorry and thank`s!

    1. Hi Detelina! I know!! I like metric measurements better too! 15 oz is 425 gr... Thank you for asking!!

  2. I have a question how many grams is ricotta? I`m not good with oz, sorry and thank`s!

  3. How far in advance can I make these?