Ricotta Cake

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An easy Italian ricotta cake recipe with a layer of moist butter cake and a creamy ricotta filling.

For another delicious ricotta dessert try this creamy 5-ingredient cannoli dip recipe.

Italian Ricotta Cake

Looking for a simple ricotta cake recipe? Look no further because it doesn’t get any easier than this ricotta cake made with cake mix.

Made with ricotta cheese, a box of cake mix, and eggs, this cake is moist, dense, and full of flavor.

Ricotta Cake With Cake Mix

My family has an Italian background so we love making classic Italian desserts like Italian Amaretti Cookies, Italian Anise Cookies and delicious ricotta cake.

But you all know I love me a good shortcut. That is why I love this easy Italian cake recipe so much!

Slice of ricotta cake being removed with spatula

It tastes like it was made from scratch but in reality, it starts with a box of cake mix and tastes barely any effort to make.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese Cake at Home

Time for me to show you just how easy this cake is to make.

As always, start by gathering your ingredients.

ingredients for ricotta cake using boxed cake mix


  • butter cake mix + the ingredients called for on box (likely eggs, water, and butter)
  • ricotta cheese
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar, for topping

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Making the cake

Preparing the Italian cheesecake is as easy as 1,2,3.

How to make ricotta cake at home

  1. Mix the butter cake batter as directed on the box and pour the batter into the baking dish.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the cake batter.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown on top, dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

Ricotta Cake Using Cake Mix

In some sort of baking magic, the ricotta cheese layer will be under the cake layer after baking. The science of baking never ceases to amaze me!

ricotta cheesecake on white plate

Can you use another kind of cake mix?

Absolutely! White cake mix or vanilla cake mix both work well as a substitute for butter cake mix.

Does ricotta cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes! Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can let the cake sit at room temp for a few minutes before serving but to be honest, we like to enjoy it straight from the fridge.

Can you freeze ricotta cake?

Yes! After baking, allow the cake to cool to room temperature. Then, double wrap it in plastic wrap. It should keep for about a month or so in the freezer. Defrost the cake in the refrigerator.

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Slice of cake being removed with spatula
4.41 from 114 votes

Easy Ricotta Cake

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
A delicious and easy ricotta cake recipe made using cake mix.


  • 15.25 ounce butter cake mix + ngredients called for on the box (likely eggs, water, and butter)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 32 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • confectioners sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Prep a 15 x 10 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix as directed. Pour batter into baking dish.
  • In the same bowl, mix to combine the remaining 4 eggs, ricotta, sugar, and vanilla. Spoon evenly over the cake batter in the baking dish.
  • Bake 50-55 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown.
  • When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


Swap: Yellow or white cake mix can be used in place of butter-flavored cake mix.
Store: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Freeze: Double wrap cake in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1-1.5 months. Remove and defrost in the refrigerator when ready to enjoy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 230kcal
Slice of cake being removed with spatula

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      1. Don’t use a Gluten free cake mix or you won’t like how it tastes. It’s just not the same. I use Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix per my 92 yr old aunt!

    1. My recipe for 9×13 uses 1/2 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 24 oz. ricotta, 2 tsp. Vanilla and 1/4 cup of milk.

    1. We always make this recipe using a boxed cake mix, but I don’t see why using a homemade cake as the base would be a problem. If you do decide to make it please let me know how it comes out!

      1. Yellow cake. Great results
        1/2 sugar
        1 stick butter
        3 eggs
        1 tbl spoon vanilla
        1c flour
        3 tsp baking powder
        Cream sugar and butter add eggs and vanilla incorporate rest ingredients. Bake 350 degree, 55min. Delicious

  1. Do I freeze it whole or in slices? I am sending this to my son and his wife. The cake turned out perfect! the flavor is awesome, the texture I may have made a mine with too many eggs, we have our own chickens and hard to decide on the size. Plus the oven temp is hard to control. Still, it has an incredible taste.

    1. I haven’t tried but I believe that it would be too think. You could try dividing it between two pans/pie plates, but I am not sure how that will affect the baking time.

      1. It didn’t work for me with a gluten free cake mix. It tasted okay but the cheese layer stayed on the top.

  2. Hello,
    Can I make this cake in a 9″ spring form pan like I would use when making a cheesecake?

  3. I tried this recipe. I am an experienced baker. So disappointed . It did not work as promised. I had same issue as the others. The ricotta layer stayed on top. I had to cook for a lot longer than recommended too.
    I wish I had seen the comments before I tried.

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