Organic Orange Olive Oil Cake

Organic Orange Olive Oil Cake
Staff Writer
Victoria Barton

All year round, there’s a citrus fruit in season. In September, it’s the Valencia varietal, which is typically used for making orange juice. Make a classic Italian dessert that melds the flavors of sweet oranges, robust almonds, and rich olive oil. This cake calls for a light homemade organic Orange Whipped Cream for dessert.

8
Servings
776
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 Cups organic sugar
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 organic Valencia oranges
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 2/3 Cup organic almonds, toasted
  • 1 Cup all-purpose organic flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2/3 Cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine 2 cups of the sugar to equal parts water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. When the sugar dissolves, add the whole oranges and lemon to the mixture. The mixture should cover at least ⅔ of the fruit. If it doesn’t, add more sugar and water in equal parts. Cover the pan and lower heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fruit can be easily pierced with a toothpick, around 40 minutes. Transfer the cooked fruit to a plate, and the syrup to a jar (the syrup will be used later to flavor the whipped cream).

Put almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl, and whisk in the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Oil a 9-inch-round by 3-inch-tall cake pan with some olive oil. Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat to 350 degrees.

Cut the fruit into quarters and remove seeds and large pieces of fruit membrane. Put fruit in the food processor and pulse until smooth.

Put the eggs and salt in a bowl, and beat on medium-high with a whisk attachment until light and foamy, around 3 minutes. Gradually add remaining 1 ½ cups sugar, and beat until thick and white, around 4 minutes more. Add olive oil with whisk attachment running. Add the puréed fruit and mix just until blended. Gradually fold in the flour mixture until smooth.

Pour the batter into the greased pan. Bake until the cake is dark golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, and run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake. Turn out onto a rack, and cool completely.

Organic Shopping Tip

It's recommended that fruits and vegetables listed under the "Dirty Dozen" should always be bought organic.

Organic Cooking Tip

Cooking with all-natural, organic ingredients can make your dish healthier and taste better.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
54%
Sugar
89g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
22%
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Protein
11g
22%
Carbs
111g
37%
Vitamin A
38µg
4%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.2%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.5%
Vitamin C
19mg
31%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
10mg
52%
Vitamin K
11µg
14%
Calcium
238mg
24%
Fiber
5g
20%
Folate (food)
40µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
40µg
10%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
91mg
23%
Monounsaturated
23g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
7%
Phosphorus
380mg
54%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
331mg
9%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
27.9%
Sodium
316mg
13%
Sugars, added
87g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
7.8%
Zinc
1mg
9%