Ricotta Cake With Browned Butter Glaze

Bundt cake with browned butter icing
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
469 Calories
22g Fat
62g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 469
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 6g
Calcium 117mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This moist brown sugar and ricotta cake is finished with a wonderful browned butter glaze. The cake is baked in a tube cake pan or Bundt cake pan. Make sure your eggs and ricotta are at room temperature before baking.

A plain vanilla glaze would be delicious as well, but browning the butter adds nutty depth of flavor to the icing.

Use vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract in the cake and in the glaze.


  • 3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (unsalted, softened)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • For the Browned Butter Glaze:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons whole milk or half-and-half

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 300 F.

  2. Generously grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt cake pan or spray with baking spray with flour.

  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

  4. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and ricotta cheese with 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar until light. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

  5. Stir in the flour mixture.

  6. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the beaten whites into the batter until well incorporated. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger.

  7. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely. Use a spatula to loosen the sides of the cake, if necessary.

  8. Glaze with the browned butter glaze (below) or dust the cake with powdered sugar.

To Make the Browned Butter Glaze

  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just golden brown, about 7 to 10 minutes. Be sure to remove it from the heat as it turns golden because it can darken very quickly.

  2. Immediately pour the browned butter into a bowl, leaving most of the sediment in the pan. Sift powdered sugar into the bowl and add vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of milk. Stir until smooth. Add more milk as needed to make the glaze thin enough to spoon over the cooled cake.

  3. Drizzle over the cooled cake.