cake turned out great, had two pieces for dinner, not dessert, just dinner. the crumb was a bit lighter than others i have made. i greased the bundt pan with Crisco and then sugar instead of flour. formed a light sugar coating. the recipe used a yellow cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla. 1/2 cup sugar. i used the ricotta but just whisked it smoother and added juice from half of lemon.
not exactly what anyone said, but certainly close enough, so thanks guys .
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