A fresh, summery take on one of the most popular recipes on our site. I swapped out the apple in Louisa’s Cake and called in juicy peaches. To compensate for the extra moisture, I added another tablespoon flour. And I increased the salt because always. —Emma Laperruque
1 9- or 10-inch cake
unsalted butter, room temperature (127 grams)
plus 2 tablespoons sugar (225 grams)
grated lemon zest (about 1 large lemon)
peeled, very finely diced peaches (213 grams)
plus 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (168 grams)
fresh ricotta (246 grams)
In This Recipe
Heat the oven to 400° F. Butter and flour a 9- or 10-inch springform pan.
Cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest in a standing mixer until light and fluffy, scraping down with a rubber spatula as needed.
On the lowest speed, add the eggs one at a time, scraping down as needed.
Still on low speed, add the peaches, then the baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
Alternate between adding the flour and ricotta, scraping down as needed.
Add the batter to the prepared pan, smooth the top and bake for about 30 minutes, until the cake is deeply browned and the sides start to pull away from the pan. (If it starts to brown too swiftly, you can cover the top with foil mid-bake.)
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on the rack.
Sift confectioners' sugar over the top just before serving.
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing stories about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. She now lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, which is all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.