Lemon-Glazed Ricotta Cakes

These tiny ricotta cakes with their zesty glaze are on my top 5 list of favourite eats!! The ricotta gives the cakes a fluffy, light, melt-in-the-mouth feel and the glaze adds a citrus punch that draws all the flavours together! Makes about 18 cakes/biscuits.

625ml flour
5ml baking powder
5ml salt
100g butter, room temperature
500ml sugar
2 eggs
420g ricotta cheese (you can make your own by following my recipe for Homemade Ricotta)
45ml lemon juice
the zest of one lemon

Lemon glaze:
375ml icing sugar
45ml lemon juice
the zest of one lemon

Preheat your oven to 190℃ and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Beat on a high speed for 3 minutes.
Turn the mixer speed down to medium and add the eggs one at a time.
Add the ricotta, lemon juice and lemon zest.
Turn the mixer onto its lowest speed and add the flour mixture, a few tablespoons at a time. Keep going until you have added all the flour.
Spoon about 30ml (one large tablespoon) of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. The dough is very sticky but use your finger to shape/mould the dough into what resembles a circle/round mound – do not flatten it! Space the dough mounds about 5 cm apart as it will flatten slightly and spread during baking.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets for 30 minutes.

For the lemon glaze:
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
Add the lemon juice and zest and mix until smooth.
Spoon about half a teaspoon of the glaze onto each cooled cake.
Allow to become hard – about 2 hours.

Keep the cakes in a sealed container at room temperature.

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