Ricotta-Rosemary Cake With Fresh Figs

September 24, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Serving a single-layer cake is the ultimate way to seem effortlessly cool. They don’t require frosting or fancy decorations to make a splash. As long as the top has something exciting going on—in this case, fresh figs, whipped cream, and crunchy rosemary sugar—you don’t need anything else. This one is made in just two bowls, and you don’t have to struggle with creaming butter and sugar together. It’s also flexible, so feel free to use whatever fruit is in season in place of fresh figs.Charli Nowak

Makes: one 9-inch cake
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more for greasing pan)
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups pastry flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups fresh figs, quartered and divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Combine turbinado sugar and chopped rosemary in a small bowl. Using your fingers, gently massage the rosemary into the sugar. Set aside.
  3. Sift flour, 1 cup of granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and melted butter. Add cheese mixture to flour mixture and stir until smooth. (Batter will be very thick.)
  4. Transfer batter into prepared pan, smooth out the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with half of the prepared rosemary sugar and scatter half of the figs over top. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. As the cake is cooling, combine remaining 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip on medium speed until cream is light and airy, about 45 seconds.
  6. Dollop whipped cream in the center of the cake and top with remaining figs and rosemary sugar.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

Catherine R. October 12, 2018
Sooo I really want to try this but this recipe is CONFUSING. If I read correctly in the beginning, we need to put 1 cup of the sugar in the batter, and then reserve the remaining 2 tbsp for the whipped cream, yes? Sooo...where does the sugar for this part come in? “Sprinkle half the rosemary sugar and scatter half the figs over the top of the cake”. Please help I want to make this for a friend’s birthday!
andrea S. October 15, 2018
It says combine the 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar with the rosemary. It appears that the granulated sugar is used in the batter (1 cup) and the whipped cream (2 Tbsp, although the text in #5 says 2 tsp which seems like not enough).
dsw October 7, 2018
How much rosemary? Not listed in recipe
andrea S. October 15, 2018
It says 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary in the recipe. (3rd ingredient)