Ever since my son and I shared a fabulous meal in Vancouver at Ask For Luigi, I’ve been meaning to try to make Olive Oil Cake because thier’s was so good. And ever since I started cooking with cast iron, my cooking and baking has reached new levels. It’s given me the confidence to feel like I can make almost anything. So I tried a few recipes for olive oil cake, and cherry picked the things I liked the best until I created my own version of the Luigi inspired cake.
I used this Field Skillet, and mostly organic ingredients. I feel very strongly you need the skillet for it to come out perfectly, which to me is fluffy and moist on the inside, and crisp on the bottom. The skillet is also completely non-stick, so it slices up and comes right out in perfect triangle servings. Organic quality ingredients are also important to me whenever available. This cake is heaven, and boy will your house smell good. Oh and did I mention? It’s crazy quick and easy, and now that I know how to do it, it’s going to become a staple. And just between you and me, I like my version even better.
Easy Vanilla Orange Olive Oil Cake Recipe
- Cast Iron Skillet (I used my Field Skillet), or 9 inch pan
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Rubber Spatula
- Knife, Whisk or Fork
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Confectioner’s sugar for sprinkling
- 4-5 Oranges (for Zest and Juice)
- Zest from 2 of those Oranges
- 3/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 Eggs
- 3/4 Cups Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8-10inch Skillet (I use my number 8 Field Skillet) and place in oven.
Zest 2 Oranges and Juice enough for 3/4,
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat eggs, slowly fold in Sugar, Vanilla, Orange Zest and Oil.
- Add Flour Mixture.
- Slowly add Orange Juice.
Pour batter into skillet.
Bake for 50 minutes and serve warm with powdered sugar dusted on top with a mesh strainer, and if you want to be fancy, a dollop of Ricotta Cheese and a Basli Leaf.
This is the skillet I used. You can read a full review and see stuff I’ve made with it HERE. I tired to list everything else I use below in my Amazon affiliate links, but a couple things are different–my mixing bowls and measuring cups and spoons are similar but I got them at Crate and Barrel and they are no longer available. You really don’t need anything special to make this besides quality ingredients.
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