Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake

November 7, 2023

This Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake is moist and delicious with just the right amount of pumpkin spice flavor. It’s an easy dessert worthy of holiday celebrations!

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Close up of Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake slice in front of cake on wooden board.

Since the fall started, it’s become a Saturday ritual to put a simmer pot on the stove and spend my morning baking.  So recently when I found myself with leftover ricotta cheese and pumpkin puree, I thought about the pistachio ricotta cake recipe that’s become a favorite.

I had to change things up a bit to create a pumpkin spice version – use a different pudding flavor, balance measurements to add and subtract ingredients, and make sure I used just enough pumpkin spice for the perfect fall flavor.  In the end, this cake turned out to be quite the delicious autumnal dessert!

Close up of uncut Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake on wooden board. Autumn leaves and pumpkins in background.

It doesn’t take much to put this cake together.  It would make a delicious Thanksgiving dessert or end to your Christmas celebration.  Just like the original recipe, this cake isn’t overly sweet.  And this pumpkin version has just the right amount of pumpkin spice flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake

This easy pumpkin spice cake is a great way to use up that leftover pumpkin puree or ricotta cheese sitting in the fridge.  Once baked, all it needs is a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top for a simple, but pretty touch.

Flour, vanilla pudding mix, sugar, baking powder, and salt with a whisk in a metal mixing bowl.

To start this cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a springform pan with cooking spray.  Then, whisk the flour, pudding mix, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

Eggs, ricotta cheese, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract mixed together in a metal mixing bowl.

In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, ricotta cheese, melted butter, pumpkin, and vanilla.  Mix just until the ingredients are combined.

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake ingredients mixed together in a metal mixing bowl.

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  At this time, we’re going to add the pumpkin spice, too.  Stir everything together until combined.  The cake batter will be thick.

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake batter spread in springform pan.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake for about an hour.

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake on wooden board. Slice of cake pictured on small plate. Checkered towel, knife, powdered sugar, and autumn leaves also in photo.

The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake and the sides are golden brown.  Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the pan.

Once the cake has cooled, it can be moved to a serving plate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Cut into slices and serve.

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake

Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 - 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, pudding mix, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add eggs, ricotta, butter, pumpkin puree, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix just until blended. Mix in the pumpkin spice.
  5. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown and cake is set in the middle.
  7. Allow the cake the cool. Then, remove it from the springform pan.
  8. Once completely cool, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.
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Close up of Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cake with slice cut out. Checkered towel, pumpkins, and autumn leaves also in photo.

Like the pistachio version of this cake, I actually recommend making it a day ahead of time.  It really does seem to taste even better the next day!  Then, once you’re ready to serve, sprinkle powdered sugar on top.  You could also add a dollop of cinnamon spiced whipped cream on top, as well.

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