This Orange & Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake is a moist, flavorful, lightly sweet treat that goes fabulously with a cup of tea or coffee.
What is ricotta cheese?
Ricotta cheese is an Italian whey cheese with a light, creamy texture somewhat similar to a mild cottage cheese, but much smoother. I like the Frigo and Galbani brands (available at most grocery stores including Target) and highly recommend using the Whole Milk or Full Fat option as it imparts great flavor and texture.
You will need a 10 inch bundt pan, such as this one from Nordic Ware.
- All-purpose flour: Cake flour will also work.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda
- 1 Whole Orange
- Butter: I usually use salted, but unsalted works too.
- Ricotta Cheese: I recommend using whole milk ricotta.
- Vanilla Extract
- Chocolate Chips: I like using semi-sweet but if you prefer dark or milk chocolate those will work as well.
- Powdered Sugar: For topping
Why should I make this Orange & Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake?
Containing a full cup of ricotta, this cake is moist, flavorful, lightly sweet and would make a perfect breakfast cake, afternoon snack or of course dessert. The hint of orange pairs beautifully with the earthiness of the ricotta and is made even better with the addition of chocolate chips. It's a breeze to throw together and is the perfect way to use leftover ricotta or is a great reason to go out and by some ricotta in the first place!
One of my favorite things is when I try a new recipe using ingredients in my kitchen that are about to spoil and come up with something truly delicious. This Ricotta Cake is a perfect example of that!