Ricotta Strawberry Cake – 2 yr blogiversary

Airy cheesecake bliss

Airy cheesecake bliss

Happy blogiversary to me!

It is crazy to think that it is two years ago that I shared my first post. I really have been having so much fun on the way. Amazing to realize that I must have spent hundreds of hours cooking, clicking, sharing….and eating!
One thing I never expected is how much I would enjoy taking photographs of food. It really has become such a large part of the experience. It amazes me to see how my clicks have changed over time. By now I actually feel proud of them once in a while. And the best thing about it is that this development really felt effortless. It is such a fabulous reminder that change does not have to come to us through hard work. When you do something you enjoy, results flow to you with ease.




(hardly adapted from the blog β€˜Italian Chips’)
1 small 15 (-18)cm cake
Serves 6

250g ricotta
50g honey
35g flour
3 eggs
zest of 3/4 lemon
1 vanilla pod (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
6 strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Line a 15 (-18) cm baking tin with parchment paper: cut a circle the size of the base and cut a strip to go around the sides.
  3. Use a mixer to beat the ricotta with the honey.
  4. Separate the egg yolks. Reserve the whites and add the yolks to the ricotta.
  5. Also add the lemon zest, vanilla beans, flour to the ricotta and mix until well combined.
  6. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  7. Gently fold the egg white into the ricotta mix.
  8. Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
  9. Cut the strawberries in half and place them on top. Push them down just slightly.
  10. Bake the cake for about 40 min until golden brown and set.
  11. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Personally I like it best from the fridge (which means you can have it the next day as well).

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    • afracooking said:

      I really cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by πŸ™‚ So lovely of you to drop by. I’ve really been enjoying following your blog as well. So, here is to many happy posts πŸ™‚

  1. vanyadhanya said:

    happy anniversary…..

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much, darling!

  2. Happy 2nd Blogiversary dear Afra! Here is to many more lovely food and beautiful pictures from you xx

    • afracooking said:

      Oh, thank you Dimple! It is just so lovely to read your kind wishes! A big x right back at you πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Blogiversary! That’s a perfect cake for the occasion. Looks gorgeous, just like your blog! XOXO

    • afracooking said:

      πŸ™‚ it really is great for a special occasion. But I have also decided that it is great for a totally average wednesday evening – so I will be making it again tomorrow πŸ˜‰

      • We would love for you to bring it to Fiesta Friday, then. You can’t be teasing us with such yummy creation and not share, Afra. That’s not too, too nice, my dear! πŸ™‚

      • afracooking said:

        Haha, now I do not want that on my concience πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a fabulous idea – just let me know what I need to do!

      • afracooking said:

        I love parties, so I am totally in! I’ll think of something to bring for one of the coming fridays – such a fabulous idea!

  4. Happy Blogiversary Afra! That’s so wonderful!! I truly enjoy your blog and recipes, and look forward to many more years to come!

    What a beautiful and delicious way to celebrate! xx

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much, darling! It always is so nice to see that you have dropped by and left a comment! And I really enjoy looking at what you are cooking up πŸ™‚ Here’s to may more years of happy cooking!

  5. ciao! congratulations!! your ricotta strawberry cake looks delicious and the best to celebrate your blogiversary. you extend a real treat on every post and so beautifully photographed.

    • afracooking said:

      So sweet of you! Like always (whether with your comments or your posts) you make me smile! Thank you for that!

      • ciao! πŸ™‚ thank you.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you! Hihi! I am adding that word to my vocab πŸ™‚

  6. Conratz for your blog, can’t wait for upcoming years post!!!
    the ricotta and strawberry cake looks terrific….

    • afracooking said:

      How fabulous of you to drop by! Thanks ever so much πŸ™‚

    • afracooking said:

      So nice of you to drop by – especially as you are busy celebrating yourself πŸ™‚ Congratz to you as well and here is to many many more lovely posts πŸ™‚

      • melissa said:

        Thank you!! I hope I get to celebrate my 2 year blogiversary too xx

  7. Happy Blogiversary Afra! Here’s to many more! Keep em coming! πŸ™‚

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for dropping by πŸ™‚ As soon as I finish this sentence I am going right back to working at future posts (i.e. dinner is ready to eat πŸ˜‰ )

  8. A very happy blogiversary to you lovely one! It’s such a big thing to acknowledge all that you’ve learnt & created! I hope you have many more years of tasty treats too! Btw I love ricotta and strawberries πŸ™‚ ps, my new site is up in case you felt like celebrating more! Enjoy your day πŸ™‚

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for your sweet wishes! And thank you for letting me know. Popping straight over to your blog πŸ™‚

  9. Karen said:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. They say time flies when you are having fun and I have had fun visiting your blog and am looking forward to your coming year. πŸ™‚

    • afracooking said:

      Coming from “the queen” of all things sweet that really is a flattering comment πŸ™‚ Thank you sweetie

  10. Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary to you & your lovely cool blog! I really enjoyed & enjoy your humour, good fun, tasty foods & bloggig friendship! Cheers to you & your fab blog, mu beloved friend! xxx πŸ™‚ Yeahhh!

    • afracooking said:

      It really is amazing how a shared passion for food can bring people together like this. Big hug, my dear friend x

      • yeahh! Kisses back right at you! x

  11. I am so going to make your tasty cake this Summer when we have fresh strawberries from the garden!

    • afracooking said:

      Oh, I am sure with your own home-grown strawberries this cake would be phenomenal!

      • yes & I will use low-fat fresh sheep’s ricotta in here too! x

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  12. Oh I am sorry I missed this!… both your blogiversary and this gorgeous cake! Sounds amazing! I haven’t baked with ricotta for years… must try this summer πŸ™‚ Congrats on 2 years here on WP xx

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