Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

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Adapted from Melissa Weller, this chocolate chip ricotta cake has a rich flavor and an impossibly moist texture.

Adapted from the beautiful new cookbook A Good Bake by Melissa Weller and Carolynn Carreno, this chocolate chip ricotta cake is easily one of the best cakes I have ever made – and I have baked a lot of cakes in my day. Weller, a master baker and French Culinary Institute graduate, developed the cake for Sadelle’s, a brunch mecca in Soho, New York City. The addition of ricotta cheese gives the cake a rich flavor and an impossibly moist texture. The cake is also jam-packed with mini chocolate chips, making it a real family-pleaser.

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

chocolate chip ricotta cake ingredients

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

dry ingredients in bowl

Whisk well and set aside.

whisked dry ingredients

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the the butter and sugar.

butter and sugar in bowl

Cream on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary.

creamed butter and sugar

Add the eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition.

adding the eggs one at a timeBeat in the vanilla (don’t worry if the batter looks curdled).

adding the vanilla

Add the ricotta cheese.

adding the ricotta

Mix on medium-low speed until incorporated.

batter before adding dry ingredients

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients in one addition.

adding dry ingredients

Mix on low speed until just combined.

finished batter

Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the chocolate chips.

adding chocolate chips to ricotta cake batter

Using a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate chips into the batter until they are evenly dispersed, making sure to scrape the very bottom of the bowl. (You’ll notice that the ricotta cheese gives the batter a slightly grainy texture.)
finished batter

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and use an offset spatula to smooth and level out the top.

chocolate chip ricotta cake ready to bake

Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, until completely set and golden brown on top. Place the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.

baked chocolate chip ricotta cake

Run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake, if necessary, then remove the ring of the springform pan.

cake cooling on a rack

Let the cake cool completely on the rack before cutting. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

Adapted from Melissa Weller, this chocolate chip ricotta cake has a rich flavor and an impossibly moist texture.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (preferably King Arthur)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a 9- or 10-inch springform pan (see note) with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray again.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add the eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Beat in the vanilla (don't worry if the batter looks curdled). Add the ricotta cheese and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients in one addition. Mix on low speed until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate chips into the batter until they are evenly dispersed, making sure to scrape the very bottom of the bowl. (You'll notice that the ricotta cheese gives the batter a slightly grainy texture.)
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and use an offset spatula to smooth and level out the top. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, until completely set and golden brown on top. Place the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake, if necessary, then remove the ring of the springform pan. Let the cake cool completely on the rack before cutting.
  5. Note: If you don't have a springform pan, a 9-inch square pan works well (a 9-inch round pan, however, is too small). If you'd like to be able to remove the cake from the square pan, you can line the pan with a parchment sling.
  6. Make-Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be made 1 day ahead of time and stored in a cake dome at room temperature. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months; after the cake is completely cooled, wrap it tightly with aluminum foil or freezer wrap. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Calories: 460
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Sugar: 40 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Cholesterol: 98 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • The cake came out beautifully. I am planning to drop it off as a gift and am just wondering how long it will last and whether it should be kept in the fridge or on the counter beyond the first day. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I use your site several times a week and am never disappointed!

    • — Jane on April 14, 2021
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    • So glad you like the recipes! The cake keeps nicely for 1-2 days stored in a cake dome at room temperature. If you want to keep it fresh for longer, I’d refrigerate it but bring it to room temperature before eating. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on April 14, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, is it all right if I replace chocolate chips with salted caramel white chocolate chips? Will it spoil the taste ?

    • — Kelly Ho on April 11, 2021
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    • It will taste different but still be good. I’d recommend mini chips if you can find them as that will keep them from sinking to the bottom. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2021
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  • Wow! This cake is exceptionally moist and delicious. Once again, your recipe was flawless. Thank you!

    • — Lauren Gonzales on April 10, 2021
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  • Hello, I’ve loved all your recipes! Can I bake this in a ceramic Corningware oval baking dish? Mine’s around 11×8.5inches. Thank you!

    • — Jo on April 10, 2021
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    • I wouldn’t recommend it, Jo — I’m sorry!

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2021
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  • Excellent cake, very tasty and easy to make. I made it using hand mixer and baked it in a 13 x 9 pan and it was perfect. Delicious as all Jenn’s recipes 😋

    • — Kinga on April 10, 2021
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