Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

For those who don’t know, I bake.

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Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

Tools: 9-inch springform round cake tin lined with baking paper.


  1. Lined your cake tin and coat the baking paper with some olive oil.
  2. Coat the bottom of the tin with a thin layer of sugar.
  3. Whisk the dry mix until lump-free.
  4. Mix the wet mix into a bowl and set aside.
  5. In your Kitchenaid, whisk the eggs, sugar, and zest until pale yellow and the texture is thick and ribbony. Approximately on high for 3–5 minutes.
  6. With the Kitchenaid still on high speed, introduce the olive oil in a thin stream.
  7. Once the oil is incorporated, turn the mixer to Low.
  8. Add the dry mix in 3 batches, alternating with the wet mix. Remove the bowl and use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom, folding the mixture several times to ensure everything is well incorporated.
  9. Pour the mixture into the tin. And sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top.
  10. Pop into the oven (remember to turn the temperature down!) and bake for approximately 40–50 minutes or until tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  11. Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and use a skewer to poke holes all over. Using a brush, gently brush the 4 tbsp of olive oil on top. Allow the cake to cool.
  12. When the cake is cool, WRAP the cake with a piece of clingfilm and set it aside for a day. This is to allow the flavors to develop. You can even keep the cake wrapped up for up to 4 days.
  13. Once you’re ready to serve the cake, pour the glaze over. If your cake has a peaked top, use a bread knife to level it but you don’t need it to be super flat. Use a spatula to even out the surface. There’s no need to be too careful about this. Decorate with some orange slices and rosemary leaves.
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