Orange and Olive Oil Cake

January 10th, 2012

I have a list of Pins on Pinterest that I would love to get through this year.  If you haven’t been to that website you really should give it a look.  The whole idea is that you can create pin boards of images that you have seen on the web and go back to your pin boards anytime that you would like.  I have pin boards for home design ideas, Holiday ideas and of course Recipes to Try.  This recipe appeared on Pinterest not too long ago and the idea of a refreshing orange studded cake (or sweet bread) really appealed to me.  The use of olive oil instead of butter sounded like a healthy alternative also.

The original recipe came from Smitten Kitchen.  Deb used blood oranges in the recipe.  The recipe that appeared on Pinterest came from Small Kitchen College started by the gals at Big Girls Small Kitchen fame.  I adapted the recipe from their recipe.  But the concept is simple and delicious.  The batter is flavored with orange zest, orange juice and orange chunks.  The fat is olive oil instead of butter.  I was lucky enough to have some leftover O Olive Oil Blood Orange oil to use from the contest I was in recently.  By the way, I did not win in case you are wondering.  The recipe calls for 2/3 cups of olive oil.  I had about 1/3 cup of the flavored oil and used 1/3 cup of regular olive oil.

The cake was moist and delicious with an appealing orange flavor.  You can serve it as is for breakfast or topped with fruit and whipped cream for dessert.  I had it mixed up and in the oven before I walked the dog this morning  What a treat is was to come home to the lovely smells emanating from my oven.

One Pin off of my list!  I would do better if I didn’t keep finding more pins to add. 


Butter for greasing pan
2 oranges
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt ( I used sour cream )
3 large eggs
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, add the zest of 2 oranges, sugar, eggs, yogurt or sour cream and olive oil.  Squeeze in the juice of 1 orange.  Cut another peeled orange into 1/4 inch cubes and add to the bowl.  Mix well.  In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the wet and dry ingredients together and stir well.  Pour the batter into the greased pan.  Bake for approx. 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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8 responses to “Orange and Olive Oil Cake”

  1. Susan says:

    This does look so good. I have been curious about cakes made with olive oil.

  2. marcia smith says:

    Love Pinterest!!! It is sooo addictive. Happy New Year Penny!

  3. I’m crazy about anything with oranges or citrus. A must try.

  4. Rita says:

    This recipe is a keeper; the ingredients are right up my alley. I am trying to join Pinterest; it seems everyone has this and I kind of got left behind; so much to learn.

  5. Eileen says:

    This really does look good. I’ve often wondered about olive oil in cakes. I’ll have to give it a try. Pinterest is wonderful, isn’t it? It’s such a great way to bookmark things for later. Of course at this point, I think I’ll never get through everything I want to try, but it doesn’t stop me from adding more. 🙂

  6. That sounds wonderful Penny. It is making my mouth water!

  7. Adding the oranges really got my attention. what a great combination with the olive oil. Your cake has my mouth watering for a slice.

  8. bellini says:

    I have an obsession with olive oil cakes and have made blood orange, mandarin and just keep experimenting.

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