Brighten Up This Winter With a Citrus Olive Oil Cake
And indulge your sugar cravings.
If you don’t follow Kate and her adorable sidekick Cookie, you should. Here, Kate presents a pretty pink blood orange winter cake – tender, light and complex in flavor. Blood orange is notoriously mild in citrus notes, so the recipe invites the use of any variety of citrus, including lemon, orange or grapefruit. Toss in poppy seeds for extra texture or top it with a rich powered sugar glaze. Combat those winter blues now with the recipe below.
CITRUS OLIVE OIL CAKE
Author: Cookie and Kate
1½ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons citrus zest (I used 2 blood oranges here)
¼ cup fresh citrus juice
1 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
¾ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Glaze (optional, see other ideas above recipe)
⅓ cup powdered sugar (here’s how to make your own)
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh citrus juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously butter and flour an 8½ by 4¼-inch loaf pan. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Pour the sugar into another medium-sized mixing bowl. Use a Microplane to grate 2 teaspoons zest from your fresh citrus fruits and add it to the bowl. Rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar takes on the color and fragrance of the citrus.
- In a liquid measuring cup, measure out ¾ cup yogurt and squeeze in about ¼ cup citrus juice to yield 1 cup total liquid. Whisk the yogurt and juice, eggs and vanilla into the sugar mixture until well blended.
- Gently whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until incorporated. Switch to a spatula and fold in the oil, making sure it’s all incorporated. The batter will be shiny. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
- Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden and the sides start to pull away from the sides of the pan; a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife between the cake and the sides of the pan to loosen. Unmold the cake by placing a large plate upside down over the loaf pan and carefully turning them over. Carefully flip the cake back over and let it cool to room temperature.
- To make the glaze (optional): Measure the powdered sugar into a small bowl. Whisk in just enough blood orange juice to make a thick glaze that drizzles easily off your whisk when lifted. Drizzle the glaze back and forth over the cake. The glaze will need about 15 minutes to set, then it’s ready to slice and serve.
- Cookie and Kate