I love when I lived in Italy that Italians were ready for company at any time! I would make an impromptu coffee date with a neighbour, and when I arrived, I would be greeted with a freshly baked dessert to accompany the coffee. It’s like the Italians had an arsenal of easy, last-minute desserts that could be brought together in a pinch with pantry staples!
In my kitchen, I always have eggs, flour, sugar, olive oil, baking powder, salt, milk, vanilla, and in the winter, oranges, so this is a recipe that I turn to time, and time again! (You could easily substitute any citrus fruit and I always have lemons) Although, I do have a beautiful, dessert worthy recipe for a Lemon, Olive Oil Cake with Limoncello Cream posted in a Blog as well!
What I love about this simple orange, olive oil cake is that it can double as a snacking cake with icing sugar sprinkled on it or you can dress it up with whipping cream and berries to serve as dessert! It’s not too sweet and with the added extra virgin olive oil, it is healthier than using butter.
For those of you that are avoiding gluten this recipe easily adapts to gluten free just by substituting an excellent quality, all-purpose gluten free flour or a 1 to 1, gluten free flour. (1 to 1 is gluten free flour that is a blend of a few gf flours, and it can be substituted easily in simple recipes like this) As I try to avoid gluten myself, I like to have some recipes that I can make that the rest of the family enjoys, and this is one of them!
Another simple, snacking cake that is gluten free is my Apple Cake. It is moist and delicious and by using oat flour, instead of all-purpose flour, it is higher in fibre and protein. My whole family enjoys it! And I always have apples, so this is one of those last-minute recipes I can make with pantry staples!
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Easy, orange, olive oil cake (gf adaptation included)
- 3 eggs
- 2 medium oranges * Or 3 small, finely zested, then juiced
- 200 gm sugar
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 60 ml whole milk or light cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 300 gm all-purpose flour** ** For an easy gluten free adaptation, use a 1 to 1 gluten free blend or all-purpose gf blend for this recipe instead of all-purpose flour.
- icing sugar *For decorating
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. or 350 F.
- Prepare a 10-inch spring form pan by lightly coating with an oiled paper towel then dusting with flour
- With a mixer with a whisk attachment beat eggs and sugar until pale in colour.
- Add the orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, vanilla and cream and whisk until combines.
- Switch to a paddle attachment. Add the salt, then alternating with flour and baking powder, add the remaining dry ingredients while mixing on medium speed until just incorporated.
- Using a spatula, scrap into the prepared pan. Tap the pan on the counter to remove bubbles.
- Bake in the preheated oven approximately 40 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack before removing outside of the spring form pan. Dust with icing sugar for a snack. To dress up as dessert, add a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries! Enjoy!