Aunt Rosemarie’s Scrumptious Ricotta Sheet Cake

 
Our Aunt Rosemarie was always our fashion role model as we were growing up. Her beautiful red hair is her signature look and she always dresses so beautifully. Aunt Rosemarie always had a way of making us feel so special. Whenever we visited her in Brooklyn, as children or as adults, she cooked so much food that she could have fed all of Brooklyn! We have fond memories of the long folding tables that she and our uncle Ralph set up in the living room to accommodate our large family.  For us, it was like going to a fine Italian restaurant, enjoying appetizers, pasta, main dish, and desserts.  The meal was endless and oh so good! We are happy to share her delicious ricotta sheet cake that she gave us during a recent phone call. This cake is a real crowd pleaser, extremely moist and so easy to make. ❤️❤️

Servings: 12     Prep Time: 10 minutes      Bake Time: 1 hour 25 minutes   Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix (to make our Gluten-Free version, click here)
  • 2 lbs whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 small lemon or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh blueberries or raspberries
  • powdered sugar 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice with a wooden spoon and set aside.
  3. Follow directions on cake mix box and pour into a greased & floured  9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  4. Pour the ricotta mixture directly on top of the cake batter in the pan. No need to spread or stir as the ricotta will sink to the bottom and form a nice layer.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 25 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan placed on a cooling rack. Once cooled cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruit just before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

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Aunt Rosemarie’s Scrumptious Ricotta Sheet Cake, Gluten-Free

 
Our Aunt Rosemarie was always our fashion role model as we were growing up. Her beautiful red hair is her signature look and she always dresses so beautifully. Aunt Rosemarie always had a way of making us feel so special. Whenever we visited her in Brooklyn, as children or as adults, she cooked so much food that she could have fed all of Brooklyn! We have fond memories of the long folding tables that she and our uncle Ralph set up in the living room to accommodate our large family.  For us, it was like going to a fine Italian restaurant, enjoying appetizers, pasta, main dish, and desserts.  The meal was endless and oh so good! We are happy to share her delicious ricotta sheet cake that she gave us during a recent phone call. Her original recipe is not gluten-free however, we replaced the box cake mix with adapting our gluten-free cupcake recipe. It tastes just as good as the original. This cake is a real crowd pleaser and is so easy to make. ❤️❤️

Servings: 12     Prep Time: 10 minutes      Bake Time: 1 hour 25 minutes   Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • Cake Batter
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp Fior di Sicilia
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Ricotta Mixture
  • 2 lbs whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 small lemon or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh blueberries or raspberries
  • powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice with a wooden spoon and set aside.
  3. Grease and flour a deep 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy.
  5. Add the orange zest, vanilla, and Fiori di Sicilia.
  6. Beat just to mix ingredients.
  7. Add the eggs and beat until well combined.
  8. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.
  9. Beat mixture until smooth batter forms.
  10. Pour cake batter into the greased and floured pan.
  11. Next, pour the ricotta mixture directly on top of the cake batter in the pan. No need to spread or stir as the ricotta will sink to the bottom and form a nice layer.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour & 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Once cooled cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  14. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruit just before serving.
  15. Enjoy!

 

Panna Cotta

 

Panna Cotta

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy

Panna Cotta is one of those special desserts we have been serving at dinner parties for several years. It tastes heavenly, is refreshing, incredibly smooth and creamy, not too sweet, naturally gluten-free, and loved by everyone who has ever eaten it. Preparing it the day before makes this recipe so easy. Your family and guests will love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp (1 packet) unflavored gelatin powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 cups sliced fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • 5 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • freshly grated lemon zest, for garnish

Directions

  • In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 3 Tablespoons of cold water.
  • Stir and set aside for 10 minutes to allow gelatin to dissolve.
  • In the meantime, in a medium bowl whisk together 1½ cups of heavy cream, yogurt & vanilla extract.
  • Split the vanilla bean and use the tip of a knife to scrape the seeds into the cream.
  • Heat the remaining 1½cups of cream and the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat & add the softened gelatin to the hot cream and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour the hot cream/gelatin mixture into the cold cream/yogurt mixture and stir to combine.
  • Place the empty ramekins on a baking sheet. Pour into 8 (6-8 oz) ramekins or custard cups. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, about 1 hour. When the Panna Cottas are thoroughly chilled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • 30 minutes to 1 hr before serving, combine the fresh strawberries or raspberries, balsamic vinegar glaze, sugar & pepper. Set aside at room temperature.
  • When ready to serve, surround the Panna Cotta with the fruit/balsamic mixture then dust with freshly grated lemon zest on top & serve.


Note: This recipe has been adapted from Ina Garten.

 

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