How to Make Apple Ricotta Cake

Slice of apple ricotta cake
Slice of apple ricotta cake | Source
5 stars for Apple Ricotta Cake

After commenting on missolive’s hub about apple dump cake, she asked me a question. You see, I said that her apple dump cake was a much easier recipe than my apple ricotta cake. A couple of days later missolive remembered what I said. In sum, missolive’s last response was, “Hey, didn’t you say something about an apple ricotta cake? Care to share?” My first instinct was to say “No” and run and hide…not really. But I did want to be evasive.

I love missolive, but making the cake is a little time consuming and has several categories of steps. As I told her, I might make a hub about it, but I don’t have any pictures. That seemed too cowardly. So, instead I elaborated some more. I added that I don’t always like making the recipe because I end up having to make like three cakes because everyone wants more than his or her fair share.

But there was something else driving my hesitation besides time. This was not a recipe handed down to me or found in a book. This recipe resulted from years of trying to recreate a cake that I only tasted one time and became addicted to.

Best Apples for Baking

Granny Smith
-Moderately sweet; crisp
Fuji
-Sweet and juicy; firm
Rome Beauty
-Mildly tart; crisp

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a high school teacher, and it was a dessert potluck day. Everyone brought in his or her most sinfully delicious baked good in his or her repertoire. I was silly and tried to bring something healthier—homemade granola bars. But my closest colleague, an Italian woman, brought in an apple ricotta cake. One taste and I was hooked. Of course I asked for the recipe. All she said was, “It’s real easy. Get a box of cake, get a container of ricotta cheese, sauté some apples and put a streusel topping on.” Of course I had no clue the proportions or what the apples were sautéd in, and so on. So, I spent the year trying to recreate the recipe to the best of my ability. I have a respectable version that can probably rival the original, but my family and friends cannot get enough of it.

Did You Know

1 Pound of Apples = 2 large, 3 medium, or 4-5 small

So, I present to you years of tweaking for a cake that my dad says, “Girl, you put your foot in this cake!”, that my sister will drive across two towns for, and that my mom will beg for me to drive to her so she can eat it all in one sitting—apple ricotta cake á la Stephanie.

Streusel ingredients
Streusel ingredients | Source
Halfway through mixing streusel
Halfway through mixing streusel | Source
Streusel with coarse pea look
Streusel with coarse pea look | Source

Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 stick butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles course peas.
  3. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Golden delicious, Red delicious, Mcintosh
Golden delicious, Red delicious, Mcintosh | Source
Sauted apples
Sauted apples | Source

Apple Mixture

Ingredients:

  • 3 apples
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Peel, core and dice apples.
  2. Start to melt butter is a saucepan.
  3. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Let cool in the pan.

Boxed cake mix
Boxed cake mix | Source
Greased pan
Greased pan | Source
Ricotta cheese
Ricotta cheese | Source
Apples spooned in batter
Apples spooned in batter | Source
Apples spread more equal in batter
Apples spread more equal in batter | Source
Finished cake
Finished cake | Source

Cake Mixture

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (get the company’s moist version)
  • 1 8 oz. container ricotta cheese (regular or part-skim)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or the temperature listed for your box of cake mix.
  2. Prepare the cake mix as listed on box.
  3. Add ricotta cheese and incorporate well with electric hand beater.
  4. Grease an 11 ¾ x 9 3/8 x 2 5/16 roaster/baker foil pan (the size that you would make baked macaroni or lasagna in). I like the kind with the plastic lid.
  5. Pour half the batter into the foil pan.
  6. Drop in half of the apple mixture so it is placed randomly, but evenly, throughout the batter in pan.
  7. Spread apples with spoon for better distribution.
  8. Pour in second half of batter.
  9. Drop in second half of apple mixture with the same directions as the first half.
  10. Top with streusel topping from the fridge.
  11. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

There you have it, apple ricotta cake—a great dessert addition for the holiday season or anytime. I promise you and your family will love it! The labor is certainly one of love, but well worth it. But not making the cake from scratch certainly helps.

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About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side. One of her favorite pastimes is whipping up or trying out recipes.

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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

I'm not much of a baker, but I enoy reading recipes. Just that you made this cake your own is interesting. Good hub!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thanks for your wonderful words. I cannot claim this recipe as a truly original idea. I was just trying to recreate it as best I could, and it worked.


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JimmieWriter 4 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

Hey, we need a delicious button alongside useful and funny. :-) You had me at ricotta. Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do, especially when the results come out tasty.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

JimmiwWriter, I like the idea of a delicious button. Someone needs to add that to the forum for a suggestion.

I'm surprised I didn't have you at "apple." Better luck next time I guess :) If you make this cake you will be satisfied. It gets more moist by the day, not that it really lasts that long. This cake only lasted 2 1/2 days in my house.


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katrinasui 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this useful recipe. I will try it soon.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

No problem at all, katrinasui. The hardest part was actually measuring things out, because usually I just go by look and feel. The second hardest part was not eating it all for myself and not telling anyone in my family I made it.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Oh my goodness Stephanie - how did I miss this!!! I am so glad you decided to do this hub. I have shared it with my followers too. This looks absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to give it a try. I'm honored to know you have passed on a recipe you have worked so hard to recreate. YUM YUM YUM - Thank you!

Happy New Year - may it be filled with wonderful blessings!

Bookmarked - shared and voted up up up!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

This sounds soooo wonderful. The ricotta cheese will add just that "something" --cheesecake lovers know what I mean. Anyhow, thanks for filling Missolive's request and sharing this with us. Voted up and bookmarked.


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Samoa6 4 years ago from San Diego

can't wait to try it!


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fayyasbabu 4 years ago

I do n't know cooking.. But, i'm tasted it from your amazing words... Very trilling yar...


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Stephanie, the cake looks too inviting. Not a cook myself, I am tempted to ask my wife try this recipe as soon as she can.

Thanks for sharing.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

missolive, about time. I thought I angered you or something. I was thinking, "My goodness, I went to the store to get everything and finally broke down and measured everything out just for this woman and she doesn't even comment on it." So, I'm glad it was just an oversight. Let me know how you like it once you make it. You may be "dumping" your apple dump cake for this one! :) Thanks for sharing and voting up. You are awesome!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Sinea Pies, I could not deny such a lovely lady's request. I am glad you found this interesting enough to bookmark for future use. I hope you make it soon.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Samoa6, I can't for you to try it. You will love it. I guarantee it!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

fayyasbabu, I have never been super talented with descriptive words. So, it's great that I have created enough here to tantalize your senses.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

rajan jolly, the cake is very inviting. So much so that people mysteriously invite themselves over if they know I have made one. I hope your wife makes it for you, because you both will love it. No problem sharing. Enjoy.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love ricotta cheese, and combining it with apple sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the recipe - the cake sounds delicious.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

AliciaC, this cake is delicious. I hope you try it really soon. It is great all times of the year.

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