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You know I loooooove olive oil. I mean 95% of the recipes on my blog have it listed in the ingredients. Olive oil is a staple that my family cannot live without. We cook with it, bake with it, and nourish our skin with it. Olive oil pretty much is the best thing ever if you ask me. So when the lovely folks at Carapelli Olive Oil invited me to create an elegant recipe using their amazing Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I gladly accepted.
Olive Oil Cake can be simple and rustic, which I love, but I thought it would be fun to jazz it up a bit with the flavor of some local honey and top it with fresh figs and raspberries and the last of the edible flowers from our garden this season. You can really taste the fresh, earthy, almost sweet flavor of Carapelli’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with hints of apple and almonds in this cake. The crumb is delightfully moist with slightly crispy edges, and the flavor of the honey really shines through as well, blending perfectly with the soft, balanced fruity olive oil.
Carapelli Olive Oil was founded in 1893 in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, where they have mastered the art of producing beautifully balanced olive oils, skillfully crafted in harmony with nature. They make it their mission to create a masterpiece in every bottle of olive oil produced by selecting only the highest quality olives nurtured by nature and harvested delicately at the optimal time. To find a store that carries Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil near you and discover many more delicious olive oil recipes head over to CarapelliUSA.com and be sure to check out Carapelli’s Facebook and Instagram feeds.
Recipe after the jump…
Olive Oil Honey Cake - Dairy Free/Vegan Friendly
Yield 8 servings
This olive oil cake is simple yet elegant with a moist tender crumb and delicate flavor of the fruity balanced olive oil and sweet floral honey. It can easily be made vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup.
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- grated zest of 2 lemons
- 1/3 cup Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, such as soy or almond milk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Fresh figs and raspberries to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a standard loaf pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom and long sides of pan with a little overhang.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest in a medium size bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil, milk, honey, vinegar and vanilla.
- Add wet mixture to dry and stir with a spatula until incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Spread cake batter into prepared pan and bake on center rack for about 45 minutes or until it is dark golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- To make Honey-Lemon Syrup simply whisk together the lemon juice and honey until dissolved.
- When cake is done remove from oven cool cake in pan on cool rack for 10 minutes. Brush top of cake with honey-lemon syrup while it is still warm. Lift cake out of pan using the parchment paper overhang and cool to room temperature.
- To make lemon glaze, whisk lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Start with 1-1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add more if glaze seems too thick. Pour glaze over cooled cake.
- Optionally decorate top of cake with fresh figs, raspberries and edible flowers.
- Cut and serve. Store cake covered at room temperature without fresh fruit for up to 1 week.
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