Olive Oil Apple Spice Cake

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You are most likely of Mediterranean descent if a savory recipe seems lacking to you without generous contributions of one or several of the following ingredients: olive oil, garlic, basil, or oregano.  If you go a step further, and decide that olive oil sounds good, not only for savory dishes, but for sweet ones as well, then you are truly a Mediterranean at heart and I will welcome you as long lost family.

All this to say–when a neighbor described an olive oil cake she’d made, I knew I had to try the recipe, and what better excuse for cake-making than my birthday?

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Jessica Mogardo’s Apple-Spiced Olive Oil Cake

(makes 1 9-in cake)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. each baking powder and baking soda

1 tsp each ground cinnamon and salt

1 cup olive oil

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup each orange liqueur (I used orange triple sec) and freshly squeezed orange juice.

2 large eggs

1 unpeeled baking apple (1 large or 2 small), such as McIntosh, Jonathan or Rome, cored and grated

Powdered sugar for garnish

1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift together flour and next 5 (dry) ingredients; set aside.

2) Whisk together olive oil and next 4 ingredients.Stir in grated apple and reserved flour mixture (step 1) until blended. Pour mixture into a well-greased 9-in round cake pan.

3)Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the middle comes out clean [it took quite a bit longer for my cake to cook through. I’d recommend checking at 40, and then continuing to bake the cake, checking it at 10 or so minute increments.]

4) Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove it from the pan, and cool it completely on a wire rack. Top with powdered sugar just before serving [otherwise, this very moist cake will begin to dissolve the sugar].

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7 thoughts on “Olive Oil Apple Spice Cake

    • I followed this recipe by Jessica Mogardo that I cut out of a magazine , wish It had the magazine name at bottom. I don’t know what I did but I had a terrible time getting it out of the well greased pan . Just scooped it out with spatula. Definitely should not state, bake 40 minutes that should say 50 minutes right off the bat. My husband said it was very good and been baking for 44 years,. Will make again but I marked the time differently and might flour the pan too.

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