Kids in the Kitchen: A Birthday Cake for Grandpa

ricotta raspberry cake

As the munchkin gets older, I am increasingly on the lookout for recipes that kids can pretty much cook all by themselves.  It is amazing how time flies and I remember when we first started cooking together, she could not do much at all, except make a big mess. 🙂  These days she can make a simple cake by herself and help me cut vegetables, among many other things.  I cannot wait for the day when she can make an entire meal by herself – and clean up the mess, while I sit around and watch TV or read a book.  How’s that for a role reversal?

This cake from Bon Appetit magazine caught my eye right away when I saw it in the magazine.  We have made it a couple of times already (and we are not a family of bakers), but this last time when we made it for grandpa’s birthday, the little one made it (almost) all by herself.  She gathered all the equipment and ingredients, measured everything and followed all the instructions.  I helped with lining the baking tin and getting the cake in and out of the oven and a little bit of the clean-up.  The rest she managed by herself.  Needless to say, Ria could make the world’s worst cake and grandpa would still love it. 🙂 Fortunately, this moist, light cake was a super hit and “Nanu” was touched.

Raspberry Ricotta Cake from Bon Appetit

This cake reminds us of a light cheesecake and with vanilla ice cream or mounds of whipped cream it is even more amazing.  We used fresh raspberries, but frozen blackberries and raspberries work as well.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • cups ricotta
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9”-diameter cake pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk eggs, ricotta, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth; fold into dry ingredients just until blended. Then fold in butter, followed by ¾ cup raspberries, taking care not to crush berries. Scrape batter into prepared pan and scatter remaining ¼ cup raspberries over top.
  • Bake cake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50–60 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before unmolding.
  • Do Ahead: Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

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