My Nonna first introduced me to Italian lemon ricotta amaretti budino cake and I’ve loved it ever since. This Italian ricotta dessert falls somewhere between a cake and a pudding. You will need a Bundt pan to make this tasty lemon ricotta amaretti cake which is often served at Christmas or other holidays.
Not only would Nonna make handmade pasta and authentic Italian desserts but she made the best Italian lemon ricotta amaretti budino cake. This cake with ricotta cheese is a real family favourite and I always feel warm and festive when eating a slice! It’s the perfect sweet treat for a cold winter’s day and here in Canada we certainly get those!
This dessert is made with amaretti cookies and ricotta cheese, both of which are true Italian staples. You will also need eggs, sugar, rum, lemon, breadcrumbs, and shortening. The shortening is just to grease the pan so feel free to sub oil or melted butter if you prefer.
The lemon ricotta amaretti cake is moist and soft and it tastes just as good (maybe better!) after a day or so. In fact, it’s hard to describe just how tasty this cake with ricotta cheese is, so I’d recommend you make your own, and then you’ll know!
You will see rum is one of the ingredients in this Italian ricotta dessert but you might not want to use that. Swap it for amaretto if you want or brandy.
How to Make This Italian Ricotta Dessert
Making Italian lemon ricotta amaretti budino cake is straightforward. You first need to combine the eggs with the sugar and ricotta. Grind up the cookies then add those.
Next mix in the lemon zest and rum and then the breadcrumbs. Transfer the batter into a greased Bundt pan and bake for an hour. Sprinkle some icing sugar over the cake before serving.
See? I told you it was easy!
What Does Budino Mean?
Budino is a traditional dessert from Italy. It’s a rich, creamy pudding-like cake which can be vanilla or chocolate flavoured. It’s popular with kids and can be served at a kids’ party in Italy. This is also a nice dessert for the grownups. Oh, and if you’re making this for kids you might want to omit the rum!
This cake, made with amaretti cookies and ricotta cheese, has an interesting history. Although ‘pudding’ might not sound very exotic or elegant, this dessert proves it can be! This is perfect served at Christmas or other holidays.
The term budino is believed to date back a couple of hundred years although the dessert is much older than that. Originally it would have described savoury ‘puddings’ which were created and sold in delicatessens.
These savoury puddings would have been like a medieval style sausage, so not really recognisable as the modern budino recipes today!
Cornstarch is typically used to thicken such mixtures although before the 1600s flour or gelatine would have been used instead.
What is Ricotta Cheese?
This ingredient is one of the key components of lemon ricotta amaretti cake. Ricotta is a soft white cheese made from whey. Technically it’s not a cheese since it’s made from the by-products of cheese-making. Ricotta is Italian for ‘re-cooked’.
Ricotta is a versatile ingredient which features in both savoury and sweet recipes. You can find this ‘cheese’ in pancakes, gelato, pasta sauces, lasagne, cakes, and more. It works perfectly in Italian lemon ricotta amaretti budino cake too.
A Word about Eggs
You will see this recipe calls for 6 eggs and that isn’t a typo! Since this is an egg-rich recipe it’s worth using good ones. Plenty of farms in my area sell fresh eggs so you’ll never find my refrigerator without a box.
If you can’t buy eggs direct from the farm, I’d still recommend choosing good quality, free range eggs, since they’re such a huge part of this cake with ricotta cheese.
So if you’ve been looking for a delicious cake made with amaretti cookies and ricotta cheese, your search ends here. I can’t recommend Italian lemon ricotta amaretti budino cake enough. It’s an incredible cake with ricotta cheese, perfect when served at Christmas or other holidays.
There are lots of different dishes I look forward to during the holidays. This is one of my favourites. Not only does this Italian ricotta dessert taste incredible but it always brings back special memories of my Nonna.
If you like this Italian ricotta dessert, you might also like Gluten Free Amaretti Cookies, Super Easy No Bake Cannoli Cones or Italian Pignoli Cookies.
Italian Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino Cake Recipe
Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino
- 6 eggs
- 1 Container ricotta cheese 500g or 16 Ounces
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Cup rum
- 1 lemon zest only
- 2 Packages Amaretti cookies 400g or 14 Ounces total
- 1 Cup bread crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Shortening to prepare pan
- 1/4 Cup Icing sugar for sprinkling
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix eggs, ricotta and sugar together to combine.
- Grind cookies in food processor or by hand with a rolling pin and then add to the ricotta mixture. Don't make do too fine, it should look coarse. Mix to incorporate.
- Add rum and lemon zest. Mix to combine. Add bread crumbs and mix again.
- Prepare a bundt pan with a generous coating of shortening. Then add a sprinkling of bread crumbs over the shortening to coat. Pour ricotta mixture in the pan carefully.
- Cook for 60 minutes.
- Cool completely and remove from bundt pan. Sprinkle with a touch of icing sugar.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Happy Holidays! Let me know if you try this budino recipe. It is one of those recipes that tastes better the second day, so it is perfect for making ahead. I have also been known to eat this for breakfast…. it is just mostly eggs and cheese after all!
Your Nonna’s lemon bundt cake sounds delicious! I would most definitely try this recipe the next time I wanted lemon cake. Thanks for sharing!
Lemon bundt cake sounds very light and refreshing. Tons of heavy fudge, candy and cookies floating around, this makes a nice change.
That Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino looks super yummy! I LOVE lemon bundt cakes so I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out.
This looks amazing!! I want some now!!
Amazing!! This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂
How special! Looks really delicious.
This looks amazing!!! What a great treat to make for a holiday get together, I know my family would love this.
Oh wow! This looks so delicious! I soooo want to make it!
Bella, you got me sold the minute you said lemon ricotta. I am absolutely in love and will definitely give your Nonna’s recipe a try!
My mom’s side is Italian and lemon ricotta is one of my favorite combos, too! My mom’s side is full of amazing cooks, you made me think of my Nana (who passed this year). I’ll have to try this for my family <3
This looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing the family recipe! 🙂
This sounds delicious! You always have the best recipes! Yum!
loooove when lemon & ricotta is used when baking – definitely book marking this recipe! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com
You have the best recipes! This seems so easy to make and perfect for a holiday party!
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Um this looks totally yummy! I love the tree stump thing that you have it on!
This cake looks so tender and delicious, I love ricotta and lemon together!
Oh yum this sounds absolutely amazing – I most definitely need to try this for myself. x
You seriously had me at ricotta. I’m eight months pregnant, so seeing recipes like these is making me grab for my drool bib.
Yummy! This looks so delicious and perfect for Christmas morning with a cup of coffee. Will have to give this recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂
This sounds like such a yummy treat for the holidays! I need to get this pan and make it for my family
Your Nonna sounds like one awesome lady! This recipe looks amazing!
yum this looks delish. i would totally love a piece right now
What an amazing cake! Not only does it sound super yummy, it makes for a great presentation!
I had to check out this recipe after seeing this delicious cake on your instagram! I have to make this!!!
I am not a big lemon fan, but when lemon and ricotta come together, sign me up!! This looks amazing!
I’m definitely liking the ingredients. This sounds so flavorful and it looks really pretty too! Awesome recipe!
This recipe sounds delish! The lemon and ricotta cheese is an interesting combo. Excited to give it a try! Love your Thursday recipes!
This sounds so good! Great recipe to share for the holidays!
This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it at my house!
This Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino sounds and looks delicious. I have to admit that i have never heard of a budino before that I remember anyway. I am going to have to make this awesome recipe for sure for the holidays. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
This is such a great idea! Looks delicious, and perfect for this time of year!
Well this looks absolutely delicious! And how special it’s a family recipe!
You had me at ricotta cheese:) I am so trying this over the weekend! Perfect not so sweet recipe too not a huge fan of rich desserts
Oh my gosh I am sitting here literally drooling at the mouth haha!! You’re making me want to have this for lunch!
Yum this looks and sounds just delicious! I love lemon so why not give this a try, the ricotta sounds really interesting…. Will have to give it a try!
I need to bring a dish to share for our teacher potluck next week and I think a couple of these would work well with all the teachers and staff.
This looks so yummy!! Love it 🙂
Great recipe! Is there an alternative for rum?
This looks heavenly. The perfect treat for a holiday dessert!
Oh my gosh bella this looks so amazing. I’m telling you it seems like there is nothing like an italian grandma’s cooking.
Wow this looks amazing!!! I am trying to eat super healthy before the holidays and after seeing this post I might have to break my healthy streak haha! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
What size container ricotta? 8oz? 16 oz?
15 or 16 oz. The larger container
This sounds so insanely tasty! I’m going to have to give this recipe a go once I get home at the end of the week.
Bundt cakes are so cute – I love how the recipes are usually super simple, but the end results always look professional! P.S. You always have the tastiest-looking photos!
Hi Bella, I would like to make this lovely Bundt cake for New Years day brunch. What size package of amaretti cookies or how many actual cookies? Also I am assuming you are using the larger container of ricotta (450gm) not the half size one is this correct?