Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Almond Olive Oil Cake

Almond Olive Oil Cake

I have been bitten by the baking bug recently. I baked for a party, for colleagues, for friends and then sometimes just to test a recipe! Baking for me has become a therapeutic pastime. It is amazing to mix a few ingredients in a particular order, place it in the oven and watch the cake rising in the oven. Oh, the joy it brings! It makes me forget my worries and let go of things. Strange but true!

Almond Olive Oil Cake

I have been looking for simple cake recipes and when I found this recipe for Almond cake, I knew I had to try it. The cake was incredible! It may have been the best cake I have ever made. I could have eaten all of it, seriously! It had the perfect texture, the right amount of sweetness and light almond flavor with subtle hints of olive oil and orange flavors.

Almond Olive Oil Cake - Torta di Mandorla

All the required ingredients were readily available at home, so I did not even have to go out to the supermarket. How cool is that! The original recipe calls for orange juice, I pureed a fresh orange and the result was awesome.

Almond Olive Oil Cake Recipe adapted from serious eats

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond powder (almond flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cooking salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 orange chopped and pureed in a blender (or 1/2 cup fresh orange juice)
3-4 tablespoons flaked almonds for sprinkling
some icing sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or springform pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt to thoroughly combine them and set aside.

Place the eggs, sugar and olive oil in a large mixing bowl, then beat with an electric mixer or whisk. Mix in the extracts and the zest followed by orange juice.

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat until they are thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the cake onto a wire rack and let cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Time required: 60 minutes
Yields: One 9" cake

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  1. Thats a beautiful cake Keerthana, love the flavors. Baking is definitely therapeutic!

  2. Great recipes and beautiful pics...
    great blog !!!!!

  3. Combination of fruity olive oil and oranges with the crunch of almond...heavenly. Love this recipe and the photo looks great

  4. i love almonds in cakes. i get baking withdrawal if i dont bake for more than 2 days:).. your cake baked so beautifully and love the sliced almonds on top!

  5. Beautiful cake.. awesome looks so so good ..

  6. First time here and fell in love with your blog :) love to follow u :)

    The cake looks awesome :) bookmarked the recipe

  7. First time here.......Beautiful cake and i fell in love with your cake :

    wish u happy new year 2012

  8. Oooh, that looks so decadent and delicious.
    Have a great new year!

  9. Almondy cake!!! Awesome! :) you have a great collection of recipes!

  10. Thank you everyone of you! Wishing you all a very happy new year!

  11. Baking to me is just so therapeutic! I love it!

    And I drool over this delicious looking cake!

    Happy New Year to you and the family :)

  12. i have never baked a cake with olive oil... this looks fab! those flaked almonds on top looks so crunchy. im curious to know.. do u get the strong taste of olive oil when u bite into this?

  13. Kiran, Thank you so much dear and wish you guys the same!:)

    Deeps, no not at all! It tastes so good and it has this slightly orangey flavor with almonds and a very small tinge of olive oil, if you have a nose like mine!:)

  14. This looks divine! I've only baked some cookies with olive oil, but never a cake.



  15. the cake looks gorgeous keerthana...happy new year !

  16. That cake looks so yum. My first time in your space and I love the feel of it; warm and delicious.

    Warm wishes for the New year.

  17. Hi Keerthana!

    First of all I wish u and your family a prosit Neu Jahr! XD
    Hope u enjoyed the festivities. Your almond cake would be well fitting with my chai right now. the sun is setting too,... I have to contempt myself with just the picture.
    Great idea of using olive oil istead of butter.

  18. Rosa,Thanks so much and a warm welcome to my blog! Hope you try this and like it!

    Shruti,Thank you and wish you the same! Hope you had a great satrt in the new year!

    Anita, thank you so much for the warm wishes! I wish you and your family too a very happy new year!

    Helene, Thank you dear and Frohes neues Jahr to you!! Hope you had a great start into the new year.
    Yes, I too loved the fact that this has olive oil instead of butter. I feel less guilty:)

  19. Hi Keerthana,
    first time here..lovely blog, n nice recipes..

  20. You have a great website that I have been referring to with regards to learning new recipes. Keep it up. Conference Centre Manchester


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