Gluten free lemon cake with whipped ricotta


3 eggs

1 cup icing sugar mixture, plus 60g (1/3 cup), extra

1 lemon, finely grated, juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup Greek-style yoghurt

1 1/2 cups almond meal

2 tablespoons polenta

1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder

1 1/2 cups full-fat ricotta

2 tablespoons milk

Fresh blueberries, to serve (optional)

Fresh mint leaves, to serve (optional)

Lemon zest, to serve


– Preheat oven to 170C. Grease a round 16cm cake pan and line the base and side with baking paper. – Use a balloon whisk to whisk the eggs, icing sugar, lemon rind and vanilla in a bowl until combined and thickened slightly. Whisk in the yoghurt. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the almond meal, polenta and baking powder until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. – Use a long serrated knife to slice the cake in half horizontally. Use electric beaters to beat the ricotta, extra icing sugar, milk and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a bowl until smooth. Use a spatula to spread half the ricotta mixture evenly over the cut side of the cake base. Top with the remaining cake layer, cut side down. Spread the remaining ricotta mixture over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with blueberries, mint and lemon zest.

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