|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 32g||41%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 51g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 30g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||18%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Some may believe butter makes the best desserts, but olive oil cake proves otherwise. High-quality olive oil not only imparts a great flavor, but it also keeps the cake extremely moist. This olive oil cake is filled with delicious citrus flavor and a crunchy sugar top. The citrus juices and orange liqueur give a beautiful aromatic quality to the cake, while a topping of candied oranges and a touch of powdered sugar make it celebration worthy.
Make this cake ahead of time for the best flavor and texture. Allow it to cool, then wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for one day before you are planning to serve. The flavors will intensify and the cake will be easy to cut and serve.
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons orange liqueur
1/3 cup juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
2 slices candied oranges, optional garnish
Confectioners' sugar, optional garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Use some olive oil to grease the inside of an 8-inch springform pan. Grease the entire inside. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with 2 tablespoons of sugar to evenly coat the bottom. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Add the sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and orange zest in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until thick and pale, about 3 minutes.
Drizzle in the olive oil while you are beating with the hand mixer on medium speed until it is completely incorporated.
Whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Whisk together the orange liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and milk in a small bowl. Add about half of this mixture to the sugar mixture and fold gently with a rubber spatula or with a wire whisk. Add half of the flour mixture. Continue until all of both mixtures have been incorporated into the sugar and egg mixture. Do not over beat.
Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 2 minutes at 400 F, then lower the temperature to 350 F and bake for 50 minutes. Don’t open the oven door too early or the cake will collapse. The top should feel firm, a toothpick will come out clean and the sides will have pulled away from the pan slightly.
Allow the cake to cool slightly in the springform pan and then release the side and flip upside down. The bottom will have a crusty sugar coating that looks pretty as well, so serve this side up.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with candied oranges if you wish.
- The citrus juice can be any combination of citrus juices you want. We did half orange juice and half lemon juice, both freshly squeezed.
- We used an 8-inch springform pan but you could also use a 9 or 10-inch pan. Just be aware that the larger the pan you use, they shorter the cake will be.
- For even more delicious orange and olive oil flavor, whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur in a small bowl. Poke holes into the top of the cake and pour the liquid into them.