Jan 25, 2013

Olive Oil Cake

The olive oil cake at Abra├žo is no stranger to, like, half of Manhattan. It is the perfect not-too-sweet, moist and dense companion to a cup of black coffee in the mornings (or anytime, really). On a whim, I hunted for their recipe online. It seems like it was printed in an old issue of Bon Appetit. Luckily for me, a number of people have blogged the recipe.


I pretty much followed the recipe, except for using a wee bit less sugar and blood orange zest (fancy, eh?). For the olive oil, I used what I had on hand (Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil), and it worked out surprisingly well. I also was a terribly irresponsible baker and didn't time this at all. I just checked on it when I thought it'd be done and it was — I think it was maybe 45 minutes or so, a bit less than the original recipe called for.


This was way too easy to make. And quite rewarding. I will for sure make it again, perhaps next time in mini loaf pans so I can give them away!

21 comments :

  1. Looks delish, Alice and cool photos as usual!

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  2. gorgeous (mouthwatering) pictures :)
    I tried apple-molasses upside-down cake from bon appetite last weekend, totally delicious.

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  3. Beautiful work Alice, love the typography, very classic cookbook. In the few minutes I waited for a coffee at Abraco 5 people came in and bought olive oil cake, I wish I'd got some now. Such a rookie mistake, but I guess there is always next time!

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  4. Oh this looks delicious and I love the photos! Will definitely try this recipe!

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  5. I have never heard of Olive Oil cake...It must taste delicious!!!

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  6. I'm definitely saving this recipe. I've never made an olive oil cake, but I adore the juxtaposition of savory and sweet. This would be a lovely weekend brunch recipe.

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  7. Oh yes, they are so simple and so delicious.

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  8. I sent this post to my friend today who loves to bake, and she made this cake on the same day! Too bad I wasn't nearby to enjoy it, but I'm tempted to make one myself (you're talking to someone who never ever ever bakes :)

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  9. yum, looks & sounds delicious :)

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  11. The recipe looks great! I am a total foodie and love to cook!
    Like your blog and have started following you :)) But honestly, so colorful and full of life

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  12. this looks amazing. thank for sharing, i'm going to have to make this soon!

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  13. Gorgeous! What could be better with my earl grey in the morning time? Love baking with olive oil.

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  14. I just made it this weekend. It's a runny batter, but soo good and soo easy.. Thanks for posting!. I added some Crasins to the top once it's in the baking pan, and they distributed nicely. Made it even more yummy.... thanks!!

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  15. Looks delicious. I don't know that I have ever had Olive cake before but i will give it a try now, thanks!

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  16. never heard of olive oil cake before, will have to show my gf this

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  18. I have been dying to try this recipe, and did so today - loved it! I made it with soy milk since that's what was in the fridge and needed to be used up. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

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  19. Stumbled upon your blog via this recipe (which is so user-friendly) and glad I did! Also, props to the blog name. A bit of Prufrock is always nice.

    Emily

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