Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

23 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

This healthy pound cake recipe isn't just delicious—it also only requires one bowl to make. For the best cake texture, be sure to beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy—the time it takes to get there varies according to the type of electric mixer you have. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • ¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons packed confectioners’ sugar


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and beat in ricotta, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and vanilla until just combined. Sprinkle flour on top, then evenly sprinkle baking powder and salt over the flour. With the mixer on low speed, beat until almost combined. Add blueberries and gently fold into the batter. Transfer to the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the cake until starting to brown around the edges and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake, then invert it onto the rack. Carefully turn it right-side up. Let cool completely.
  4. Clean the bowl, add confectioners' sugar and whisk in the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice until smooth. Brush the glaze on the cake.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Wrap cooled cake airtight and store at room temperature for up to 1 day; glaze shortly before serving.
  • Room-temperature eggs make cakes fluffier. Here's a quick trick—place them (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm water for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: one 1-inch-thick slice
  • Per serving: 303 calories; 11 g fat(6 g sat); 3 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 96 mg cholesterol; 25 g sugars; 21 g added sugars; 433 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 148 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 319 mg sodium; 124 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1½ other carbohydrate, ½ fruit, ½ medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 23

July 29, 2019
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By: DonnaMaggie
I would give the recipe and instructions a 3.5 out 5. First I put aluminum foil loosely over the top to stop the browning. I was concerned it was on the verge of being over cooked on top. I agree with the other comments that the 2 cups of blueberries was to much and made the bread to wet and hard to set. I would cut back to 1.75 cups of blueberries next time and if still to wet, drop down to 1.5 cups of blueberries. I rinsed my blueberries, dried with a paper towel and coated with flour prior to adding them to the mix. I used regular white baking flour and greased my non-stick bread pan with Crisco. Did not use any parchment paper and had no difficulty getting the bread out of the pan after it cooled. I loved that the bread was mildly sweet. I used a bit extra fresh lemon juice and lemon zest and still would have liked more lemon flavor. However because I made it late at night and found myself without any powdered sugar to make the icing, my plan was to make a lemon sugar syrup to put on the bread in the morning; but I could not wait to taste it. If I had put a lemon topping of the syrup or powdered sugar it may have given it the stronger lemon flavor
May 20, 2019
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By: Kelly Bean
I liked it but think I will use less blueberries next time. While I love blueberries, they did make the inside of the cake too moist, even though I dredged them in flour first. Otherwise I love the flavor of it!
April 30, 2019
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By: manon.fuller
This is a fabulously quick recipe and utterly delicious cake! Also lovely with orange zest/juice in place of the lemon and 1cup dark chocolate chips instead of the blueberries. Without glaze this comes to about 205kcal/slice (12 slices per loaf, calculated on Noom).
April 21, 2019
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By: scrubio
This was a huge hit. Based on comments here (thank you!), I made a few modifications. I used 1-1/2 cups of blueberries and coated them with flour first. I used 1T of lemon zest instead of 2. I used the flour I already had in the house (white unbleached organic). Everything had the perfect amount of sweet and tart, and the blueberries were perfect.
October 08, 2018
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By: Marina
Used a cake pan & baked for only 40 minutes instead of what this called for and still turned out perfect. Only complaint is that when I tried to take it out of the pan it fell apart. I recommend leaving it in the pan/dish to cool before cutting/moving. Turned out really tasty though. I did follow the tip to bring eggs to room temperature and the cake is very fluffy and pleasant so I think it worked.
February 26, 2018
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By: sandy
First time I made it as the recipe said, and was awesome! Second time I only had half amount of blueberries available so I added a banana with the blueberries. Awesome! Super moist and very tasty!
February 10, 2018
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By: chefliz
I find it hard to believe that no one thought there were too many blueberries in this recipe. I will be putting only one cup in next time - if I even make it again.
October 28, 2017
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By: Darell R Harrison
Im gonna tweak this recipe into a keto recipe. No sugar and very low carb using erythritol as my sweet source and maybe almond flour or coconut flour
October 19, 2017
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By: voraciousgirl
I used white flour, full fat ricotta & added 1 cup of shredded zucchini. It was very good but a bit dense. Next time, I would double the glaze/add extra lemon.
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