Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Easy-to-Make Italian Coconut-Ricotta Cake (Gluten-Free)

 Soft and delicate, light and delicious this coconut and ricotta gluten-free cake is super easy to make and ready in no more than one hour from start to finish

This light and fluffy, ricotta and coconut cake is full of flavor, gluten-free and butter-free. And it's quite easy and quick to make. Ready in one hour or less with few simple ingredients!

All you need for this recipe are a handful of easy-to-find, basic ingredients, which you may already have in your kitchen. One whisk and a bowl, for less mess and easy cleanup!

This cake is naturally gluten-free, using only corn starch, and no other dry ingredeints like all-purpose flour, almond flour, almond meal, or gluten-free flour. 

You can serve this ricotta and coconut cake all by itself, with a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar or shredded coconut. Or you can serve a slice with a drizzle of melted chocolate, a dollop of whipped cream OR some fresh berries. Perfect for the summer months!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this recipe for best results.

Whole milk, full-fat, creamy ricotta cheese is ideal for this recipe. Your cake will turn out delicious, with a fluffy texture.  But if you have to, you could substitute with part skim ricotta. 

For those of you who asked me, I have not tested this recipe with cream cheese or sour cream. 

Remember to drain the ricotta before mixing with the other ingredients. 

Then, in a large mixing bowl, beat the ricotta (with an electric mixer at high speed or whish well by hand) well with the caster sugar so your cake will turn fluffy and not too dense. 

If you like to add a lemony twist to the recipe just add a little orange zest, lemon zest and/or lemon juice to the batter. So delicious too!

Mix the rest of the ingredients in the large bowl. Pour batter on the baking pan (mine is a 9-inch springform pan, but you can use a smaller pan for a taller cake) 

Remember to line with parchment paper (the bottom) and grease the sides for best results.

If you don't have a springform pan, you can use any tall round or square pan (9 inches or less) or a loaf pan works well too. 



Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before removing from the cake pan.

Sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar or more shredded coconut. If you like, you can serve with chocolate sauce, or whipped cream, or fresh berries!

Store at room temperature for a day in an airtight container or sealed in plastic wrap, or in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days ... if it lasts that long. That's a big IF!

Happy baking!

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PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD: Easy-to-Make Italian Coconut-Ricotta Cake


  1. What can I substitute for corn starch? My local supermarkets don't stock it.

  2. Tapioca or potato starch may work well.

  3. I used almond flour.