Orange Olive Oil Cake

Oh gosh where did the time go? Here is a recipe inspired by our wonderful honeymoon travels. B and I had a magical 2 week trip to France and Greece where we ate to our heart's content. I have lots of food pictures to share after I sort out the roughly 4,000 pictures I took, so stay posted on my instagram!
I wanted somewhere romantic jam packed with lots of art, culture, history (and *cough* museums). B wanted somewhere romantic with lots of beaches and lounging and doing nothing.

Our first week was spent mostly in Paris, with a quick overnight trip to Normandy to learn about the inspiring WWII D-Day history. The second week was spread out over Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens. The perfect compromise, I think (B still protests over the 17 museums we went to, but we made plenty of food market, gelato, and coffee stops to keep his morale hehe).
Even though we've been together for so many years, we've never flown on a trip until our honeymoon! With all the long distance, we only flew to each other whenever we had a break, rather than fly somewhere together, so it was exciting to finally travel.
I've been lucky to have visited many countries - B, on the other hand, had only been a few states, and never left the US before. He learned a lot of cultural differences on the trip - like not being served ice water, no free wifi, and tiny, tiny hotels/restaurants/cars.
B: I wonder how Europeans must feel when they visit America...I bet they're astounded by getting ice in water without having to ask, free wifi everywhere, and TONS of space.
We especially ate a ton of olive oil in Greece - B loves olive oil (he even drank it straight when sampling cups!). This is a quick and easy olive oil cake adapted from Food Network- the olive oil replaces the butter or vegetable oil while giving a subtle hint of flavor. The citrus makes for a refreshing cake, so it's appropriate for .a light dessert or ... er breakfast.

Orange Olive Oil Cake


Ingredients
Butter, for greasing the pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest of 1 orange (about 3 tablespoons juice, 1 tablespoon zest)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Mix together the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until blended and light. Drizzle in the olive oil and vanilla and mix until light and smooth. Add the orange juice and zest and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another medium bowl. Add the flour mixture half at a time to the wet ingredients and mix on low just to incorporate.

Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cake cool 15 minutes, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.

22 comments

  1. Yum! I love love the hint of orange!
    Kari
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    1. yup, any citrus and olive oil are always a great pair

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  2. I order olive oil cake every time I see it on a menu...I think it's time for me to try to make one. Your recipe looks so good and easy for a non-baker :)

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    1. This is an easy recipe to start off with- I had no tools, just a fork, a bowl, and a cake pan. Good luck!

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  3. Welcome back!! It sounds like you had an amazinggg time! :]!

    I've never tried making an olive oil cake, but this sounds super good! <3 It's too hot right now to turn on my oven, but I'll have to try this later on in the year!

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    1. Thanks - while I loved traveling, after two weeks I was pretty tired and it was nice to return home (with wifi and space and ice cubes!)

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  4. I'm a huge fan of olive oil cake, and this just looks heavenly. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful honeymoon! :-)

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    1. Thanks - it was my first time making it and I do love the flavor

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  5. i, too, wondered what the irish must think about things like our suvs--most of their cars are 1/3 that size! very nice cake. :)

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    1. They even had cars the parked 90 degreed to the curb, that's how small they can get! I can't imaging transporting families very easily in those

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  6. It looks absolutely amazing! Great recipe!

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  7. 4,000 pictures! Sounds like a wonderful time :) This cake looks delicious. I've always wanted to bake with olive oil, I think I found the recipe to do it with!

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    1. It drove my husband a tad crazy since he couldn't eat anything immediately haha. But the photos were worth it! Enjoy the recipe

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  8. I've never made an olive oil cake. This looks delicious. Anything with citrus is at the top of my list.

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    1. Now that it's summer, it's the perfect time in incorporate citrus flavors

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  9. That looks yummy and very summery...something to eat when you drink tea :)

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    1. Some cold lemon iced tea would pair the citrus flavor in the cake nicely!

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  10. This looks so light and simple. Sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon!

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    1. Thank, it's the first of hopefully many many wonderful trips!

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  11. I remember this! You made this in Chicago and then forbade me to eat it as you proceed to wrap it up and bring it with us on the plane to Houston. I will remember that slight for awhile...

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  12. That looks yummy and very summery...something to eat when you drink tea..
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