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Cranberry Almond Ricotta Cake

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices 1x
  • Category: Cakes and Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Favorite simple cake for the holidays: Cranberry Almond Ricotta Cake. This cake gets it’s moist, rich texture from ricotta and is flavored with almond and vanilla extracts. Studded with juicy cranberries and topped with sliced almonds coated in butte and brown sugar. This cake is rustic, effortless and delicious!




  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen, divided


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds



  1. Butter then line with parchment paper the bottom of a 9″ springform pan or the bottom of a round 9″ cake pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then tap out any excess. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and sugar. Add the almonds and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring, until the almonds are well coated. Set aside. 
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugars, and ricotta for 4-5 minutes on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and almond extract. With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time. Fold the dry ingredients in with a spatula followed by 1 of the cranberries. 
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared. Use an offset spatula to spread the batter evenly. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries followed by the almonds. 
  6. Bake 35-45 minutes until cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake. Cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

Keywords: cake, ricotta, almonds, cranberries, cranberry