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Pumpkin Ricotta Cake

(Makes one 10-inch bundt cake)
Pumpkin Ricotta Cake
This pumpkin cake has a delicious ricotta cheese layer baked into it.  A ricotta custard is poured over the pumpkin cake batter before baking. The custard sinks into the cake batter during baking, forming a ribbon of cheese throughout the cake.  How much the custard sinks into the cake depends on the consistency and moisture level of your pumpkin puree.  But it makes for a delicious cake with an interesting effect.

This recipe was adapted from one at https://www.themerchantbaker.com/pumpkin-ricotta-bundt-cake/

1 cup (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs

Ricotta Filling:
15 ounces ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flour

Confectioners' sugar for dusting


To make the pumpkin cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Use 1 tablespoon of the softened butter to grease 10-inch bundt pan: set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; set aside.

In another bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together the pumpkin puree, vanilla and buttermilk; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and pumpkin mixture, mixing well after each addition, until a smooth batter forms.  Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.

To make the ricotta filling:
In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the filling ingredients until the mixture is smooth.  Carefully pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter in the bundt pan. 

Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan.  Place a wire rack over the cake and flip it over onto the rack.  Allow to cool completely.  Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
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