Olive Oil Cake with Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks

Olive Oil Cake with Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks
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Olive Oil Cake with Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks

Colin Erricson

Olive Oil Cake with Cherries and Dark Chocolate Chunks

There’s no disputing the exquisite flavor of extra-virgin olive oil in a host of savory dishes, but it is also worthy of praise as a key ingredient in desserts. This Italian-inspired cake — akin to rustic, sweet polenta cakes — is good-to-the-last-forkful proof. — Camilla Saulsbury, Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook.

9
Servings
409
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

You can grind the chia seeds with a mortar and pestle or seal them in a small, heavy-duty plastic bag with a zipper top and pound them with a mallet or rolling pin until crushed.

If using non-dairy milk, try hemp, rice, or almond.

Courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook by Camilla V Saulsbury, 2015 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. 

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1  Cup  millet flour
  • 2/3  Cups  sorghum flour
  • 2/3  Cups  potato starch
  • 2  Tablespoons  chia seeds, ground
  • 2  Teaspoons  gluten-free baking powder
  • ¾  Teaspoon  fine sea salt
  • large eggs
  • ¾  Cup  fine crystal cane sugar
  • 1  Cup  olive oil
  • ¾  Cup  milk or plain non-dairy milk
  • 4  Ounces  gluten-free bittersweet (dark) chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 2/3  Cups  dried tart cherries, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together millet flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, chia seeds, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until very well blended. Whisk in the sugar, oil, and milk until blended.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently stir in the chocolate and cherries.

Spread the batter evenly in prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
43%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
32g
25%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
16µg
18%
Calcium, Ca
43mg
4%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
98mg
14%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
226mg
15%
Water
39g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Olive Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Olive Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.