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Sorrento Orange Olive Oil Cake

This cake is light and airy with delicate notes of citrus and olive, just like a warm breeze on the cliffs in Sorrento. Be sure to top each slice with a generous dollop of lightly whipped sweetened cream for the full joyous experience.

Sorrento Orange Olive Oil Cake - Image by Elizabeth Newman

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Sorrento Orange Olive Oil Cake

Rated 5.0 stars by 1 users

Servings

8

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes

Calories

442

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, from 1 small orange
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup orange infused olive oil
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted and crumbled
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Lightly whipped cream, for serving
  • Fresh orange segments, for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8-inch-diameter cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Lightly oil the paper and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt to blend. Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the sugar, eggs, and zest until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the milk and gradually beat in the oil. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the almonds reserving a few to scatter on top. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining almonds.

  3. Place the cake pan on straight sided baking sheet to collect any possible spills. Bake until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and cool completely, top side up.
  4. To serve, dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar. Cut the cake into slices and serve with lightly whipped sweetened cream, fresh orange segments if using, and an extra drizzle of orange olive oil if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
1 Serving
per serving
Calories
442
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Fat
26.3 grams
41%
Saturated Fat
3.9 grams
19%
Trans Fat
0 grams
Cholesterol
70.5 milligrams
24%
Sodium
239.5 milligrams
10%
Carbs
46.6 grams
16%
Fiber
1.6 grams
6%
Sugar
27 grams
Protein
6.6 grams
13%

2 reviews & comments

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    Lee

    OMG! This is fantastic! It has such a lovely orange flavor and is not sugary either. Even my picky eater loved it. I took the leftovers to the office, it completely disappeared after lunch. Everyone loved it.

    This recipe is simple to follow and I made it exactly as stated in the recipe. The only thing that I did differently was the cooking time. The recipe says 30 to 35 minutes, but for me, it was closer to 55 minutes. Not sure why such a difference in cook time. But sometimes these things happen. It still turned out perfect. Will definitely be making this again.

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    Kate

    This looks absolutely amazing! What can I use as an egg substitute in this? Applesauce?

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