Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake
Author Notes: Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. Pulling this off should be easy — there aren’t even egg whites to whip and fold, or butter to cream — but it isn’t always. This one, however, is perfect, and will ruin you for all others. The recipe is from Maialino Restaurant in New York City. Maialino also serves it at breakfast in muffin form, and they've been known to turn it into a birthday cake, layered with mascarpone buttercream.
(Makes a 9-inch round cake.)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup Grand Marnier Liqueur
•Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil, butter, or spray a 9-inch cake pan that is at least 2 inches deep with cooking spray, and line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit. (If the cake pan is less than 2 inches deep, divide between 2 pans and start checking for doneness at 25 minutes.)
•Whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, orange zest and juice, and Grand Marnier. Add the dry ingredients; whisk until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until the top is golden and cake tester comes out clean. Transfer cake to a rack and let cool.
Sherrel’s cooking notes: The spring form pan with parchment cut to fit over bottom makes an easy transfer to a serving plate. Make a simple glaze with 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons grated orange zest and just enough Grand Marnier or fresh-squeezed orange juice to form a glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cake after moving to a presentation plate. Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream.
Source: Adapted from Food 52 genius recipes.
Where to Go
If you would like to enjoy your own olive oil tasting, head to Olive & Co., 7602 N May Ave. You can also call 242-6457 or go online to oliveokc.com.