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Olive Oil Citrus Cake

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Olive Oil Citrus Cake

In my house, olive oil, zest and the juice from citrus, generally means - marinate the chicken breasts and light the BBQ.  However, today, I used these few ingredients in a whole new way.  In a cake!

The fusion of the citrus zest and the olive oil, mixing around in my kitchen aid, permeated my kitchen with the most wonderful scent.  I could not wait for this cake to emerge from the oven.

I am going to make this cake over and over again.  Next time, mini olive oil citrus cakes, anyone?

Olive Oil Citrus Cake
adapted from rustic fruit desserts
1 8" cake

1 1/4 cups unsifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbls plus 3/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 grapefruit
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 - 1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 Tbls. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

• preheat oven to 350*.  using a paper towel, coat a 8" round baking pan with olive oil, then sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar. set pan aside.
for the cake
• sift the flour, baking powder, and salt, twice.
• using your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and the zests on high speed for 5 minutes, until the eggs thickened.
• add the vanilla, turn the mixer down to low speed and add the olive oil into the batter, pouring slowly along the edge of the bowl.
• add the flour and mix on low speed until incorporated.  pour into prepared pan.
• bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake is golden and has domed in the center.  cool to room temperature.
for the glaze
• sift the confectioners' sugar into a bowl.  whisk in the grapefruit juice to combine.  pour over the cooled cake.

wrapped in plastic wrap, the cake will keep for 2-3 days!

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Blogger Maria said...

This is my kind of cake. I love the glaze too!

August 30, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Yum! I'm not a baker but this recipe and photos make me want to get over my fear. Gorgeous! Looks like a perfect breakfast dessert!

August 30, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

i have been wanted to make something like this for a very long time....i work with dominican sisters of mission san jose and they produce their own olive oil. i thought it would be really nice to bring a cake made with their olive oil to one of our meetings. thanks for the delicious recipe!

August 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Oh, beautiful! It's on my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

August 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous naomi said...

I love anything citrus. This looks and sounds wonderful! Mini(s)-YES!!!

August 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love this king of cake! It looks delicious!

August 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Sounds delicious. The glaze is beautiful.

August 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That cake looks so delicious and moist! I love anything citrusy.



August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Sandie {A Bloggable Life} said...

This looks fantastic. I have a recipe for a different kind of olive oil cake floating around here that you just inspired me to try! Thanks :)

August 31, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I've been meaning to try olive oil cake! I'd have to find a way to make mine lower carb, but you have inspired me!

August 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

I am so glad you like this cake as much as I do:
Maria - the cake and the glaze are great

Brooke - it is a perfect breakfast dessert

Christy -you are so lucky to have home grown olive oil. what a fabulous gift you have!

Ju - is your to do list as long as mine?

naomi - citrus is one of those very good things

kim - it is delicious

barbara - this is one of those "go to" cakes. so delicious

Rosa - i love citrus as well

Sandie - so glad this cake has inspired you

Carolyn - I am sure olive oil and almond meal would be a great combo!

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments. I look forward to reading all your inspiring blogs!

August 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger La Lola said...

oh and of course this cake looks divine! quite an intriguing name, but i might be gutsy enough to try it!

September 1, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I love olive oil in cake. It adds such a nice texture and flavor.

September 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Oh, I couldn't agree with you more. I absolutely love the combo of olive oil and citrus in a cake. It's just such a unique blend of flavors and I think the olive oil impacts a cake's texture in an interesting way as well. I made an orange polenta cake with olive oil this past winter and it was unlike anything I'd had before. Lovely post and, as always, beautiful photos!

September 3, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

I just got this book! It is filled with delicious recipes - and this is one I can't wait to try. Your cake is perfect, Susan!

September 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

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