The recipe I have for you this week is what I call an everyday cake, which means that something that’s not too sweet, is made in one bowl and comes in many variations. This recipe can be a base for your favourite flavours. You can add orange zest to the sugar and still in mini chocolate chips and it tastes exactly like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Or toast some pecans and add a few drops of maple extract and you have a classic ice cream flavour in a cake. This cake also gets better with time so it’s super easy to make the day before a brunch or whatever you might need it for. I have chosen lemon, white chocolate and almonds however I have made all of the variations I suggested.
See this pan, this is a bundt pan. You can take any cake or loaf recipe and cook it in here. Take a plain banana bread and make it here and sprinkle it with icing sugar before serving, bam, looks like you spend hours making a cake masterpiece. I highly recommend buying one of these, you can pick one up for less than $20 at your local Wal Mart or grocery store. They are great for recipes where you add extras like chocolate chips, nuts or pieces of fruit because you can see the cake flecked with those yummy treats.
I really think it’s time for people to drop the excuses, stop buying cake mix and learn the basics of cooking. “I can’t cook, I burn everything, I have no time” blah blah blah blah. Everyone knows how to cook, you just have to try. You didn’t read a novel when you started reading but that came with time and so will cooking. And YES YOU DO HAVE THE TIME. It will take you longer to read this recipe than it will to whip up this cake. Take 10mins and you will be happy you did, I promise.
Everyday Cake Recipe – Ricotta Bundt
Add a cup of sugar to your bowl and if you decide to use a citrus zest then now is the time to add it, put it about 1-2 tablespoons and mix the sugar and zest with your hands.
Now add your eggs, ricotta and olive oil and mix well.
Then add your dry ingredients to a sieve and sift over wet ingredients, mix until combined.
Fold in your extras — If you are not adding anything then just add the batter to a greased pan. Extras can include:
- white chocolate chips and sliced almonds
- orange zest and mini chocolate chips
- butterscotch chips and toasted pecan
Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees. I know this is a huge range but some ovens are hotter than others, just test for doneness every 5mins after 30 mins of cooking time.
Mmmmmmm, Let cool for 15-20 mins in pan on a rack.
Invert onto baking rack and let cool completely. Serve dusted with a light dusting of icing sugar.