Vanilla, Ricotta & Almond Cake with Poached Fruit

Vanilla infused stone fruit and juicy berries are streaked through this moist Vanilla, Ricotta & Almond Cake. The almond meal is a must, giving it a dense, nutty texture. Serve warm with a drizzle of vanilla poaching syrup and a light dusting of icing sugar – a delightful cake for a lovely occasion.

Prep:
45 min
Cook:
60 min
Serves:
8

Ingredients

Poached Fruit
  1. 1 cup seasonal fruit (stone fruit or pears) (approximately 2 peaches)
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. ½ cup water
  4. 2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  5. 1-2 tsp rum or ½ tsp Queen Natural Rum Essence, optional
Cake
  1. 170g butter, at room temperature
  2. 1½ cups full cream firm ricotta cheese, room temperature
  3. Zest of ½ orange
  4. 3 tsp Queen Celebrating 120 Years Pure Vanilla Extract
  5. 1½ cups caster sugar
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1½ cups plain flour
  8. 3 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/3 cup almond meal
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 ½ cups fresh mixed berries or frozen, thawed & drained

Method

  1. Step 1

    Cut stone fruit or peeled and cored pears into eighths, set aside. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, mixing until sugar dissolves. Add stone fruit or pears, Vanilla Bean Paste and rum or Rum Essence, poaching fruits until just softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside, reserving poaching syrup.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 180°C, grease and line a 23cm round cake tin. In a stand mixer, cream butter until pale and creamy. Add ricotta, orange zest and Vanilla Extract and mix until smooth then add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until mixture is smooth. Sift in flour, baking powder, almond meal, salt and mix until just combined. Fold in 1 cup of the mixed berries, taking care not to crush berries.

  3. Step 3

    Pour batter into prepared cake tin. Place poached stone fruit on top and scatter with remaining berries. Bake for 60 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Check the cake at 45-50 minutes – if the berries on top are starting to darken too much, cover with foil to prevent further browning.

  4. Step 4

    Allow to cool in tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack or serving plate. Serve with a drizzle of poaching syrup and a light dusting of icing sugar.