Since I am a new iphone user, I decided to use iphone photography for my blog post today for fun! My sweet friend Katie gave me a beautiful bottle of extra virgin olive oil and a package of 00 flour for my birthday so I have been dying to make an olive oil cake! This recipe incorporates citrus, which is great because my lemon tree is full of lovely lemons, and my friend Amy gave me some stunning blood oranges from her tree! This recipe makes a beautiful, rustic cake with a lovely glaze. The olive oil flavor is nicely balanced with the citrus notes, and the sweet, tangy glaze. My icing is pink because I used a blood orange instead of a grapefruit for the glaze, feel free to use any citrus you like!
Olive Oil Citrus Cake
adapted from rustic fruit desserts
1 8″ cake
1 1/4 cups unsifted cake flour (I used 00 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 (I omitted the grapefruit and used the zest of two lemons)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 – 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbls. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (I used blood orange juice, that is what gave it the pink color) (Any citrus will work great!)
• 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.
Packaged up to to deliver to Katie and Amy!