Apple Ricotta Cake (Gluten-Free Cake)

Apple Ricotta Cake is a delicious way to celebrate apple season. Although lemon is the traditional flavour for a ricotta cake, the apples worked beautifully. This cake is moist and tender, and not too sweet, with loads of apple flavour.

Apple Ricotta Cake topped with Apple Slices

What is Ricotta Cake?

A ricotta cake is an Italian dessert, usually made with semolina or almond flour. My best description is that it’s somewhere between a cheesecake and a pound cake. Its texture is dense, yet tender, and has a nice crumb, so it slices beautifully into perfect wedges.

Using Almond Meal

You can certainly make this cake with all-purpose or semolina flour, but this recipe is using almond meal, which is simply finely ground almonds. I like the flavour that the almond meals gives the cake, and it means that this apple ricotta cake is gluten-free.

What does Ricotta Cake Taste Like?

This apple ricotta cake tastes, obviously, like apples and cinnamon. Along with the almond flavour from the flour, there is a creamy, cheesy flavour from the ricotta. All in all, it’s a beautiful combo.

What is Ricotta?

Ricotta is a mild, creamy white cheese with a texture like a very fine curd cottage cheese. It is a common ingredient in savory Italian recipes, like this Perfect Meat Lasagna, but also in dessert recipes, like cannoli. In desserts, ricotta goes well with chocolate, fruit, and honey.

And did you know, it’s really easy to make your own homemade ricotta? Check it out here: How to Make Homemade Ricotta.

Apple Ricotta Cake with a Slice Taken Out

Can You Substitute Cottage Cheese for For The Ricotta in This Cake?

For this cake, I prefer not to substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta. Although it tastes similar, ricotta is richer and creamier than cottage cheese. However, you can substitute cottage cheese in this recipe, if you want to. But because it has a much larger curd than ricotta, put the cottage cheese into the blender for a few seconds before using it.

How To Enjoy Apple Ricotta Cake

This simple cake is perfect just as is with coffee or tea, and because it isn’t overly sweet, you can even have it for breakfast. The almonds and cheese pack a nice protein hit to start the day.

As a dessert, you can drizzle the cake with salted caramel, honey, or top it with macerated fruit.

And, if you love apple desserts, you may also want to try Apple Walnut Spice Cake or Skillet Caramel Apple Crisp.

How to Store Your Cake

Store your cake well wrapped at room temperature for up to two days. It will last longer in the fridge, but the texture will become denser. You can also freeze the cake for up to three months if properly wrapped. It’s nice to freeze some in individual portions for coffee breaks.

Slice of Apple Ricotta Cake on a Plate with Cup of Coffee


Apple Ricotta Cake

Apple Ricotta Cake is a delicious but simple, not to sweet, and gluten free cake. Perfect for breakfast, snacking, or dessert.
4.34 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 380 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350° and prepare a 9" spring form pan by spraying with cooking spray
  • Slice the apples into thin slices
  • Combine eggs, sugar, ricotta and vanilla in a large mixing bowl
  • Stir in oil, salt, and cinnamon
  • Gradually stir in almond meal and baking powder, mixing until combined
  • Fold in slices of three of the apples
  • Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan
  • Arrange slices of the fourth apple on top of the cake, then sprinkle with brown sugar
  • Bake in center of oven 60 minutes, or until apple slices are browned, and a butter knife inserted into the center comes out clean.


Serving: 1gCalories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 8gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 4gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple desserts, apples, gluten free cake, ricotta cheese
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10 thoughts on “Apple Ricotta Cake (Gluten-Free Cake)

  1. This cake sounds delicious! I know I’d love it as I made a similar cake yesterday but not with ricotta! I wish I had some left and I’d love to try this one too.

  2. Loved enjoying this with my cup of coffee! It is delicious and moist, and love that it is gluten-free so my whole family can enjoy it.

  3. I have never tried ricotta cheese for baking desserts, although I have swapped ricotta for cottage cheese and it seems to work just as well. Thanks for the tip.

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