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Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. 

This is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever bake! You’ll love how simple it is to make.

All you need to do is whisk your dry ingredients together in one bowl, your liquid ingredients in another, and then combine them. The batter will be smooth and a little on the thin side. Just pour it into a greased pan and bake. 

The olive oil cake is delicious on its own, with just a little powdered sugar for garnish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 orange – for the juice & zest
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Rosemary for garnish (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter a 9 inch cake pan make sure to coat all the sides with butter. 

Cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla together on medium for 2 minutes – I used my Kitchen Aid..

Add the olive oil and mix. 

Mix in the orange juice and orange zest for about another minute.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, baking powder and flour. 

Add to the ingredients above in two batches. For each batch, gently mix to incorporate all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. 

Pour into the cake pan.

Make sure there are no air bubbles in your cake batter before baking – you will need to tap the pan on a counter or shake it a bit. The air bubbles will cause an uneven surface or cracks in the top of the cake so try to remove them as best you can. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. The cake is done when it springs back from the touch and the edges pull away from the pan. 

Cool completely or on a wire rack.

Put confectioners sugar in a duster and shake it on to the top of the cake. 

Enjoy!

Recipes

Zeppole

In 2007, my family and I took a Carnival cruise around the Mediterranean coast. My Papa, grandfather had the biggest sweet tooth and loved to try all the Italian desserts. While we were in Naples, we stopped at a cafe for Limoncello. In the bakery case, they were selling fried dough dusted with powdered sugar, Zeppole. Naturally, my Papa ordered us some to go along with our Limoncello. We were handed a brown paper bag filled with Zeppoles.

We explored Naples, carrying that beautiful greasy bag, pulling Zeppole out one at a time, getting the sugar all over ourselves. We were two very happy people! 

Zeppole are tiny Italian doughnuts – crisp, light and incredibly fluffy, usually served in a brown paper bag or wrapped in parchment paper.

Zeppole make the perfect Hostess gift. Brian and I made them for our Friends Thanksgiving at our friend’s Jason and Paul’s house.

As it turns out, Zeppole are really easy to make at home and take almost no time at all — about 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of unsifted flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of whole milk ricotta cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Confectioners Sugar for Dusting or maybe Cinnamon Sugar
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Crack your two eggs into the mixing bowl and beat until foamy.  

Add all of your dry ingredients into the eggs in the mixing bowl while on slow speed and then add  your ricotta and vanilla right away.  

Continue to mix on a slow speed till it is all combined.  The batter will be thick…creamy and sticky.  It is not a cookie dough consistency…it is a rich thick waffle type batter. Do not over mix.

Have your oil ready in your favorite pot.  I use a cast iron  dutch oven.  Your oil should be approximately 375 degrees.

I use a small cookie dough scoop …first I spray it with oil so that batter doesn’t stick …then scoop up the batter (no exact measurement here : ) and carefully drop it into the oil…repeat with consecutive scoops but don’t let them touch…

Zeppoles will turn themselves over. Fry them for about about 3 minutes…if they are a little bigger…a little longer.

Once you get to that nice deep golden brown it is time to scoop them up and place them on brown paper or paper towels to drain. Continue with another batch. 

Sprinkle them with Confectioners sugar or some Cinnamon Sugar.