Orange Olive Oil Cake…O.M.Y. (Oh My Yum!)
A good friend generously coined this phrase after viewing one of my recent posts. It might be too casual a term to describe what I think is just a slightly sophisticated cake, but I’m going to use it because it’s exactly what I thought after taking my first bite.
The first time I had an olive oil cake, I was with my sister. We were in Santa Monica having lunch at True Food Kitchen. We had just discovered it on the last day of a trip; I loved the concept, the menu and the whole restaurant vibe.
They had lots of healthy and interesting food choices whether you were vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or a carnivore. We wanted to try everything but since that wasn’t feasible, we ordered a few different things to share between us.
And since lunch was so healthy…we ordered dessert (of course,) an olive oil cake (because that’s a healthy choice :) I thought it would be kind of herby and olive-y tasting, but no, it was a moist, delicious cake with just the slightest hint of olive oil flavor.
It was a perfect ending to a perfect meal. If we weren’t leaving the next day, we would have gone back to try more of the menu.
I have had an olive oil cake on my radar to make ever since. And last week, I made it happen with this Orange Olive Oil Cake. It’s been freezing here the past couple of weeks and I was in the mood for something that would conjure up images of a warm sunny place.
The hibiscus trees that we brought in for the winter are blooming like crazy, making my foyer feel a bit tropical even though it’s the middle of January. I thought this cake would be a perfect choice to brighten up a wintry day, and wow! Did it deliver!
The cake is full of orange flavor, super moist, a bit like a pound cake, but lighter and fluffier. When I was shooting it, the aroma of fresh cut oranges was intoxicating and a nice contrast to my snowy back yard visible just outside the frame of these shots.
It doesn’t need anything but a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a fork. Or not. It’s certainly sturdy enough to just pick up and take a bite.
So there you have it, a citrusy olive oil cake that’s as wonderful for dessert as it is for a snack or even a fun breakfast treat. Fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest and a pinch of cardamom are such sunny, citrusy, flowery flavors.
I think it’s the perfect remedy for these arctic winter days. And in case you needed just one more reason to love olive oil…This cake?
definitely a good one.