This Lemon Orange Olive Oil Bundt Cake is the perfect combination of sweet and citrus.
When I visited Arizona, we had the opportunity to tour an olive oil mill, the Queen Creek Olive Mill, which I found totally interesting. So much so, that I took notes in my phone during our tour, because we learned so much about olive oil that I never knew. Here are a few facts…
There are three indicators of good olive oil.
During our tour, we were given a selection of little shots of olive oil so that we could go through the steps of tasting.
1. Bitterness: to taste the bitterness, let it roll down your tongue.
2. Pungency: to taste the pungency, let it slide down your throat.
3. Fruitiness: to test the fruitiness, smell it.
There are three profiles of olive oil.
What makes olive oil ‘extra virgin’?
Extra virgin olive oil means that it is made purely of just olives. It is the oil that is extracted from the olive without the use of any heat or solvents. It needs to meet a number of chemical characteristics or variables to be considered extra virgin, and then it is required to go to a tasting panel to determine whether it meets those attributes.
At the olive mill, as I discussed in this post, we were treated to different kinds of olive oil cupcakes. The one I enjoyed the most was the lemon olive oil cupcake, hence the inspiration for this recipe!
I have made lemon olive oil cake in the past, but I wanted to do something different and spice it up.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon (~2 tbsp)
- Zest of 1 orange (~2 tbsp)
- ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup almond milk
- Powdered sugar for sifting atop the cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl or stand mixer. Stir to combine.
- Add in the zest, eggs, almond milk and olive oil. Use the mixer to combine and form batter.
- Use olive oil or olive oil spray to grease a bundt pan. Pour in batter and spread evenly.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- When finished, remove and let cool for about ten minutes. Sift powdered sugar on top to serve.
What’s the coolest factory/market you’ve been to? (I’ve been to the Vigo and Alessi factory. The strong smell of saffron was known to make people faint!)
What’s the weirdest yet most surprisingly delicious food combo that you love?
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