Air Fryer Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake is a recipe for Ricotta Cake, a traditional Italian cake. It’s really easy to make, and you can use any flavor you want, but today I used a simple lemon extract to enhance the flavor.
Ricotta cake is a moist, dense cake that tastes like cheesecake. If you’ve never had ricotta cheese before, it’s like sour cream in texture but much more subtle in flavor.
The original recipe called for pound cake mix and instant vanilla pudding (which I’m not too fond of), so I swapped them out for all-natural ingredients to make the final product healthier and tastier! You can cut this into slices or serve it as individual portions with some fresh fruit on the side. It will be ready in about an hour, which makes it perfect when you’re craving something sweet without having to wait hours for your dessert.
There is nothing better for the holidays than a slice of homemade Air Fryer Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake. The cake comes out amazingly light, tender, and fluffy.
I love making Air Fryer Cakes! They are so much better than baking in the oven! The cakes come out tender, fluffy, light, and airy. Everything that you want in a cake!
What Is Italian Ricotta Cake?
Italian Ricotta Cake is a delicious dessert that has been around for centuries. It is believed to have originated in the 1600s when Italian bakers noticed that leftover cake batter set into a custard-like texture, which they then used as an ingredient in their recipes.
The ingredients are simple, and the dish can be made with minimal effort. This recipe follows three steps: eggs, ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and flour are mixed before being poured into a baking pan lined with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil. Lastly, it’s baked in an oven or air fryer until golden brown on top!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake
- Granulated Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Ricotta Cheese
How To Make Air Fryer Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake
Start by whisking the egg whites into soft peaks. Just keep on whisking until they are solid.
Then in another bowl, mix the yolks, salt, and sugar until well blended. Then mix in the melted butter, flour, baking powder, ricotta cheese, and lemon zest. Once that batter is well combined, mix in the egg whites.
Spray an air fryer-safe pan with non-stick cooking spray, and then pour the batter into the pan—Bake at 320 degrees F, air fryer setting for 20 to 25 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE FLUFFY RICOTTA CAKE
Ricotta cake is a great dessert for those who love the combination of sweet and creamy. This fluffy ricotta cake recipe is one of our favorite desserts to make on Saturday night when we want something easy and delicious!
The key to making a great and fluffy Air Fryer Ricotta Cake is to make sure that you beat your egg whites until they form peaks. This will give your cake light and fluffy texture.
CAN I USE PART SKIM RICOTTA FOR RICOTTA CAKE?
Ricotta is one of the most popular cheeses in Italy, with a slightly sour taste that balances well with other ingredients. This cheese is often used to make cannoli cream, but you can also make it into ricotta cake. If you’re not sure what type of ricotta cheese to use for this recipe, you can either use full or skim ricotta for this recipe.
CAN I MAKE A LEMON RICOTTA LAYERED CAKE?
Can I make a lemon ricotta layered cake? Yes, you can! This recipe is super easy to follow, and the ingredients are things that you likely already have at home. It’s also delicious, which is always a bonus when it comes to baking.
You can add layers of flavor by adding Italian Cream, or vanilla pudding, in between the layers.
TOPPINGS FOR AN AIR FRYER ITALIAN RICOTTA CAKE
One of the best parts about Italian Ricotta cake is that you can top it with just about anything. Go for fresh strawberries and whipped cream for a classic flavor, or try chocolate ganache and toasted almonds.
This recipe also works with a simple powdered sugar dusting!
WHAT PANS TO USE IN AN AIR FRYER FOR BAKING A CAKE
Cakes are easier than you think! Air fryers can be used for baking cakes. All you need is an air fryer and a cake pan. There are many cake pans to choose from, but we recommend using:
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- AIR FRYER CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
- EASY AIR FRYER POUND CAKE CUPCAKES
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Air Fryer Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake
- 3 large egg whites
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 lemon zest
- Start by whisking the egg whites into soft peaks, just keep on whisking until they are solid.
- Then in another bowl, mix together the yolks salt, and sugar until well blended. Then mix in the melted butter, flour, baking powder, ricotta cheese, and lemon zest. Once that batter is well combined, mix in the egg whites.
- Spray an air fryer-safe pan with non-stick cooking spray, and then pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake at 320 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 20 minutes. Check your cake, see if it is done, if not add an additional 5 minutes.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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