Orange Cornmeal Olive Oil Cake

I have been wanting to make an olive oil cake for a long time. I’ve been reading recipes for months – truly. I had in my mind that an olive oil cake would be dense, simply rich – not heavy rich – flavorful, moist and elegant. I have never eaten an olive oil cake before to my knowledge but I just had in my mind what it would taste like. I really wanted to make one but I was also wary because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t turn out moist and delicious.

Well…Ellie’s visit prompted me (Ellie is my mother-in-law – Alan’s step-mom who is visiting us from Florida. I wrote about her previously). Tonight, Sunday, – Easter Sunday by the way – the kids came to celebrate and visit Ellie and I needed something simple for dessert to serve with the berries. A simple cake. Was it time to try an Olive oil cake? I decided it was. Time to put my studying into practice. I wanted orange. I needed the cake to have some heft – not just white flour – but something earthy and with heft. I just felt like cornmeal was the answer. It was.

Since I’ve been reading recipes for a long time I had a good sense of proportion. I did still need a guideline recipe(s) and I used them all. What I came up with – which is probably someone else’s copyrighted cake recipe – is below. Everyone really loved this cake and it was the perfect simple, but deliciously rich, compliment to the berries (and ice cream…)

Ellie and family IMG_5384

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Categories: Baked Goods, Cakes/Cupcakes, Desserts, Sweets, Vegetarian


  1. This is a great recipe and it travels well too!

    Comment by Mark Phillips on May 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  2. Great recipe and it travels well!

    Comment by Mark Phillips on May 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  3. It did didn’t it! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Batch-33 on May 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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