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Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

My grandmother (Oma) was an amazing cook. Everything this woman prepared, was delicious. She cooked with all her heart and fed anyone that came through her door.  Oma didn’t own a single cook book, instead, she cherished a few handwritten recipes from her mother. She prepared simple dishes with simple ingredients. We never had a fancy meal. Roasted chicken, oven potatoes and carrots was our Sunday meal. Occasionally, we had apple strudel or plum cake for dessert. Frosting was reserved for birthday cakes, and she never sweetened whipping cream.

My grandmother’s grocery shopping looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today.  Once a month, Oma and Opa did their “big” shopping. Their cart was filled with sugar, flour, olive oil, lettuce, apples, dry beans, fresh carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs,  fresh bread and fresh meats.  Today’s grocery shelves are packed with all kinds of boxes and bags, pouches and cans.  I’m not judging here, just noticing the changes.

Olive Oil Cake

This olive oil cake reminds me of the simple cakes my grandma used to bake. It’s quick and easy to make, without any “fancy” ingredients. The cake is so moist and delicious and tastes even better the second or third day. I love it with a cup of coffee. Never say no to cake for breakfast, right?!

You could frost it or add things like chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, etc., but to me,  this cake is pretty in its own simple way.

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp grated orange zest

Juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan (or a regular 9-inch bake pan) with a thin layer of olive oil. Line  the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix sugar and eggs until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add olive oil, milk, orange zest, and juice.

Fold in flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Olive Oil Cake

 

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Cake Decorating

I have been baking cakes since I was a young girl. I started out with simple cakes for my mom and my sister’s birthday, but once I had my own kids I became more adventurous and tried themed cakes. Each birthday my kids pick a theme and flavor for their cake. Cake decorating has become an art form for me. I think it’s a wonderful craft and a way to express myself creatively. I am not even close to being a great cake decorator and that’s o.k. My kids are always happy with the outcome and I have fun doing it. That’s all that matters to me.

Here are some more reasons why I love cake decorating:
• My kids love it and feel special because I took the time to decorate the cake just for them.
• I my opinion, homemade cakes taste better than store-bought cakes.
• I can control the choice of ingredients.
• Less expensive than store-bought cakes.
• It’s fun and rewarding.

Some of my favorites!

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

High School Graduation

High School Graduation

Super Mario

Super Mario

Medievil Castle

Medievil Castle

Guitar Cake

Guitar Cake

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Peace  Sign Cake

Peace Sign Cake