I’ve been wanting to post this cake recipe, but Oliver and I came down with the stomach flu, and then it got Jonathan a few days later, so needless to say the last thing I wanted to talk or write about was food. It’s funny when I was sick and wasn’t taking care of Oliver, I would scroll through Instagram, or Facebook. And I realized how many people post things about food, whether they made it, had it made for them, or just something they were craving. But I couldn’t handle it, I wanted to barf on my iPad. It made me understand how people can be over the food posts, and pics, I get it.
But I have realized I may be a little obsessed with food. While Oliver was sick we had lots of screen time, because we were both too sick to really do anything, so we both kinda laid around. Jonathan came in the room to check on us, and Oliver was watching a video of he and his cousin over Christmas. He loves watching these types of videos. Anyway my sister and I were talking in the background about food, and Jonathan made a comment about how so many of our family videos I’m talking about food with someone else. Is it just me, or do other people enjoy talking about it too? Maybe I am a little too into food. I love going to new restaurants. I love reading about food, no lie, if I’m not reading a book, I will lay in bed and read one of my cook books (my sister does the same thing). I’m always ripping out recipes. I love when family or friends come to visit, because that means I can cook to hearts delight for them. I love reading other food blogs. So yeah, maybe I am a little obsessed but I guess there are worse things to be obsessed with. I’m a food geek.
For me, cooking, and baking is a release. I feel like I’m doing something creative, I love working with my hands, and what I really love more then anything is to make something for someone else. It’s the people pleaser in me. I know not everything I make is 100% healthy. But the way I look at it, I made it and I know exactly what I’m eating, and where it came from. Everything in moderation. I don’t deign myself anything, but I also don’t over do it. It’s not a healthy way to live, to say “I never eat sweets, or I never eat carbs, or gluten” (unless you have celiac) How boring.
I made some homemade pizzas a few weeks ago when my in-laws were visiting, and had some leftover ricotta, because a certain almost two year old threw an extra tub in my cart. Not the first time this has happened without me realizing it til I’d gotten home. So I decided to make a ricotta-orange pound cake. I was going to make my god mothers famous ricotta cheese cake, but I’m going to make it when my mom is here for Easter. And that will be a post because that cake is to die for!!! Both of these are a perfect cake for Easter dessert. I was going to do a strawberry topping for this cake, but I’ll be honest. It doesn’t need anything. It tastes perfect on it’s own. It’s light, has a ton of flavor, and is filling if that makes sense.
I’m hoping to do a homemade Easter candy post. I’m trying to figure out what to make….any suggestions? But here are a few Easter candy posts from the past…..the ever so famous cadbury creme egg, the peanut butter egg, or the peep. Enjoy!!!
recipe adapted from giada de laurentiis
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- zest of one orange (I used mandarin because they’re in season)
- juice of orange
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta
- 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9′ cake pan. Beat butter until smooth and ribbon like. Add sugar, and eggs one at a time once the sugar is incorporated. Next add vanilla, juice and zest. Then add ricotta. Last add all your dry ingredients. Bake for 50 minutes. Let cake cool for about 20 minutes before flipping. Once it has cooled down you can sprinkle on some powdered sugar or not. Enjoy.