Friday, 23 August 2013

Orange & Olive Oil Loaf Cake

Orange & olive oil cake

I first tasted an olive oil cake at a charity bake sale - which is one of my favourite ways to try out new and unusual treats because if you don't like whatever you buy, well, you've still made a donation to a worthy cause. It sounded intriguing, and I was particularly interested by the fact that you could actually taste the peppery olive oil through the sweetness of the cake. This has been on my baking agenda ever since.

The cake I tried was made with lemon and thyme, but I was buying oranges for another recipe, so I decided to have a go at an orange version. I was tempted to add a little rosemary, but since one of my target audience was a young and slightly fussy eater, I thought maybe I should only include one unusual ingredient at a time. I still think it would work really well, though.

I would recommend using the most flavourful olive oil you have available, as the peppery notes really come through. The resulting cake is subtly flavoured and not too sweet. Definitely a winner.

Orange & olive oil loaf

Orange & Olive Oil Loaf (recette en fran├žais)
Makes 1 loaf

1 large orange
350g (2 cups) plain flour
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
2tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
120ml (½ cup) extra virgin olive oil
5 slices candied orange peel
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F), and line a medium loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Zest and juice the orange. Measure the juice, and top up to 240ml (1 cup) with cold water. It doesn't matter if you get a bit of orange flesh in with the juice, but obviously try to avoid the pips.
  3. Sift together the flour, caster sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the olive oil, orange juice and water, and orange zest. Stir to make a batter, taking care to fold in all the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin.
  6. Arrange the candied peel slices on top of the batter, pressing them lightly into the surface.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife comes out clean.
  8. Turn out and cool on a wire rack before serving.
Orange & olive oil cake


Velva said...

Oranges and olive oil are a beautiful combination. Olive oil adds incredible moisture to a dense cake and with the addition of citrus, well it is over the top.


Gloria Baker said...

love this cake!

Pauline Persing said...

What is caster flour?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Caster sugar is a kind of finely ground sugar - not as powdery as powdered sugar, but with a fine consistency, for baking. But the recipe would be fine with any kind of sugar :)

Pauline Persing said...

Thanks for explaining what caster sugar is.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This looks so good!

misssrobin said...

It looks beautiful! I can almost smell it. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to give it a try.

Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Bev Feldman said...

I've never had an olive oil cake, but this looks delicious! Just pinned it and will have to try it out. Happy Sharefest!

Rachel said...

It certainly sounds scrumptious!

Karen Koblan said...

This looks delicious! I've never made an olive oil cake before but I've heard they are really good. Yours is perfection!
Happy Sharefest!
Karen's Soiree

Shaheen said...

I've not made a cake with olive oil, though have seen a number in blogland, but I have t say its you that has got me wanting to try it.

Anonymous said...

Oh! This sounds and looks amazing! I like your idea of trying new things at a charity bake sale. Smart thinking!

Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Subha Subramanian said...

Looks yum.....Perfect fluffy cake.......


Kalyan Panja said...

I can already smell the aroma and the flavours...Just mouthwatering....looks enticing and delicious!

Kavitha said...

Good idea to replace butter with olive oil. I've never baked a butter free cake. Will try this.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That looks lovely.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful cake! It looks ever so delicious.



OMG! Yummy said...

I am really intrigued by baking with olive oil. And well, olive oil and orange - this must be absolutely yummy! LOVE! Saying hi from Foodelicious

Shelby Law Ruttan said...

This looks amazing, love the texture of your cake and the orange slices in it!

Jenne said...

Mmmm caster sugar always makes a good cake/bread.

Diane Roark said...

I pinned it! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes Cakes & party ideas.
Diane Roark

Jamie H said...

What a fun sounding cake! I think the flavor of the olive oil and the oranges would be a great combination. Pinning.
Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes, and we hope to see you back this weekend for Asian Recipes!

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