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Friday, July 30, 2010

Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil

Hello sweet friends! Thanks so much for dropping by to say g'day. It's so lovely to see you.

Now, I have a very important question to ask....Do you like Olive Oil?
Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil



I am sure you already know by now that Olive Oil is good for you due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances. Clinical studies have shown that olive oil may reduce cardiovascular risk factors by decreasing plasma triglycerides, total and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, platelet activation, inflammation and oxidative damage, and increase high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and antioxidant status. (Better Health Victoria)


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Studies have also shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.




Other studies have also shown that EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols, because it is less processed.





Research suggests that olive oil may also have a role in lowering the risk of several types of cancers, including breast, colon, lung, ovarian and skin cancers. Chemical compounds specific to olive oil, known as phenolics, appear to combat the build-up of free radicals in the body and may be able to reduce oxidative damage to DNA. (source)



Olive oil may also help reduce or manage blood pressure, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and immune function.
Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years in cooking and is one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet. It is very versatile and, with its unique flavor and aroma, has become a must-have in all kitchens.


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Good oil, like good wine, is a gift from the gods. The grape and the olive are among the priceless benefactions of the soil, and were destined, each in its way, to promote the welfare of man. George Ellwanger (1848-1906) 

Different olive oils complement different foods and uses. Here is the gorgeous Curtis Stone to tell us more about the different varieties of Olive oil!




Olive oil can be used for sautéing, browning, stir-frying, deep frying, as an ingredient in marinades and sauces such as mayonnaise or pesto and as a condiment, drizzled over various dishes.


Olive oil is graded into several different types for sale, the most common of which is extra virgin

It is of course always appreciated as a bread dipper or simply dabbed on a toasted piece of country bread that has been scratched with a clove of garlic.


Another way to get a serve of this healthy oil is to try it in sweet foods, like cakes!

I recently stumbled across a recipe for Ina Garten's Lemon Yoghurt cake and decided to substitute the vegetable oil for olive oil and the end result was just delicious!

Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil, Natasha in Oz


The cake is rich, fruity, moist and just plain YUMMY!

Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (I used a rich and creamy Greek Yoghurt)
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs (I used organic and the bright yellow yolk coloured the cake beautifully!)
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest ( about 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (I used an extra fruity Extra-Virgin Olive Oil)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice.

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil, Natasha in Oz


Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F . Grease your desired pan. Ina Garten suggests using a loaf pan but I used a round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and the grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.


Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil, Natasha in Oz




Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

Olive Oil Cake Recipe & the Benefits of Olive Oil, Natasha in Oz


I hope you enjoy this fruity, sweet and lemony cake!

Thank you so much for visiting me today my dear friends.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

Natasha In Oz 

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46 comments:

  1. oh great cake and will forward to a California olive oil grower I am going to work for lol, sorry its been a while hope your keeping well

    Rebecca

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  2. YUM! Im comin over for a cuppa and a slice of the beaut cake! ;) I love Olive Oil its delish! I use it when i bake bread as well rather the canola or veg oil! Hope ur well darl!

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  3. Oh this cake looks delicious! Love the flavors and the texture looks so moist. Curtis is such a doll, isn't he?

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  4. I love olive oil..extra virgin the best...such lovely pictures in this post and thank you for this recipe...YUMMY! I just love this :D

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  5. Natasha,
    It sounds so tasty. I have a recipe for mayonnaise cake--a chocolate cake that I love. Sometimes the best cakes have the most interesting ingredients.

    Have a great weekend,
    Debi

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  6. This looks delicious. I use olive oil in stuff too and it is good.
    Sherry

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  7. I have not heard of making a cake using olive oil. It sounds delightful. I may have a "first" coming up!

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  8. That looks like a perfect summer cake, I'll have to put it on my list. Your pictures are beautiful too :)
    mickey

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  9. Natasha, this is a winner! Want to try this...I bet the flavor of the oil is good in this. Isn't it funny how bright the yolks are in farm fresh eggs. Your mosaics are to die for! Joni

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  10. I love anything with the word OLIVE in it..That cake looks scrumptious,I'm going to give it a try for afternoon tea..YUM..xx

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  11. i have been waiting for a great olive oil recipe to come my way. i do work with the dominican sisters of mission san jose..and they have recently begun harvesting and making oil from the olive trees lining the mission's roads. the olive oil has been earning awards and is delicious....i wanted to make a cake for the sisters using their oil...this looks like just the trick...thanks for passing on this recipe.

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  12. YUM...this sounds so good.
    I love lemon ANYthing. I am taking a cake to our home church group on Sunday and I will make this! They'll love it, too. Wonder if I'd better make two...one for THEM and one for ME ?
    xo bj

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  13. Perfect cake to make Natasha, especially with all the gorgeous lemons that are in season. That recipe looks like a keeper. xx

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  14. It looks like the perfect summer cake !!! yammie !!!!!...happy weekend darling.............love Ria.....

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  15. Natasha, what a gorgeous post, thru and thru!! I also LOVE olive oil! I've often eaten bread dipped in it for lunch. I love Ina Garden too! You are amazing with your collage photos of the process. Thanks for following my Christmas blog!

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  16. I gotta tellya....you got ME hungry!!


    My Friday Blog - Monkey See, Monkey Do

    Hope your weekend treats you well!!

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  17. I want that cake!!! What a super fabulous posting. I'll be baking that cake just as soon as I can gather all the ingredients. I was brought up using olive oil.. and maybe that is why I have never had a cholesterol problem. Anyhow.. it tastes just so darn good!
    Lovely posting!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek
    P.S. If you visit my blog today you'll see how my grandmother as a young girl looked so much like the young beauties on those olive oil labels. Love it!

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  18. Natasha, thank you for three things. One, I was glad to have you drop in for awhile this morning. Two, the layouts are just like looking at a magazine (sometimes prettier) and, three, the recipe for the cake. I have a cake recipe that inludes evo, but not the yogurt. This sounds lemony yummy, and moist. The glaze is good with other things like fresh out of the oven ginger bread.

    Ah, the weekend, enjoy your time away from school.

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  19. I can't do it. I love olive oil but can't do it in a cake. We have a recipe for mayonnaise cake here and I can't do that one either.... :O)

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  20. Mmmm Yum! Your cake looks so moist and good. I love olive oil too and your pictures are great! Thanks for the useful info...Christine

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  21. I love olive oil, if I had my way it would be the only oil I used. But my darling hubby is a bit...umm, shall we say..frugal at times:) I have to sneak it when I buy it because he just doesn't understand why we should pay for that when we can buy canola oil for so much less.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! It's a shame you don't have Big Lots:(

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  22. Great post! I think a lot of people forget that oil can be good for you! We LOVE bread dipped in oil and now I have a craving for it. I'm definitely buying some at the store this weekend!

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  23. hmmm, sounds interesting! But that picture of the lemons! ZEEEEE!!! My mouth watered and my my lips puckered!! Whew! Great photos!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe...might have to try that!
    Blessings, Doni

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  24. Yummmm! That looks so good. Love fresh olive oil and lemon, so what's not to like.

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  25. Yes, on both counts! Love olive oil for all sorts of things and love Ina's cooking. Cake look great.

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  26. Can I have a piece of that cake please?? My stomach is growling now. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my chair.

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  27. Great post! We love olive oil here, too! This recipe sounds so yummy! I am off to read about your messy kitchen next :)
    Wendy

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  28. It sounds great!! I think I will give it a whirl!!

    What temp does the oven need to be (or did I miss that?)

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  29. WOW. What an idea. For all of the baking I do, and you know I do a lot, I've never thought to try substituting olive oil. I'm going to have to give it a whirl sometime soon for sure!

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  30. I use a lot of olive oil, I love it. I have never used it to bake anything sweet. I wouldn't have thought I'd like that...but, if you say it is good, I will have to try it. Your cake looks delicious!

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  31. Hi Natash,
    I love stopping by, you always have such amazing dishes. This post on olive oil makes me want to get up right now and make something! You make everything sound so easy to do, I think I'll try this cake! Thanks again for sharing and dropping in to visit!
    Sharlotte

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  32. I have to try this. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Looks super delicious! Must try some time soon :)

    B is building a house

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  34. I love to dip my bread in EVOO, and I use it as a salad dressing. The olive oil cake looks so delicious! I loved all your photographs!

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  35. Oh, Yum! I have to try this cake.
    My mouth is watering!
    Beautiful pictures!
    smiles, Lilly

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  36. I believe there is an olive oil cake in my future! (after the peanut butter fluff chocolate cupcakes are all gone!)

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  37. loved scanning through these pics and listening to the video. I have no idea how to cook...but his voice was easy to listen too. hope you're having an easy day...

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  38. Hi Natasha! great recipe using my favorite: olive oil!! I use it for everything, much healthier, now this gorgeous cake too!

    I've been so busy this summer, sorry haven't visited more, been peeking though!

    Cheers et bisous!

    Kit

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  39. Copy, Paste, and Print...yes, this recipe is an absolute keeper! Thank you so much for this wonderful article full of excellent olive oil info, trivia, history, and beautiful photos! I look forward to trying the recipe! There's an ice cream place in San Francisco that serves a sundae drizzled with bergamot olive oil. It is positively exquisite! The olive oil has a wonderful citrus flavor that would lend itself beautifully to your recipe. So, so happy to have stopped by from Tickled Pink on 504 Main! Jenn

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  40. Thank you for this recipe...I will try it out soon!

    Sarah

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  41. Now this is some baking I can get into! Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I substitute most oils with olive oil and rarely use vegetable oils. It's nice to read someone else has the same thought, especially with a cake. One other use for olive oil (extra virgin, of course) is cleaning skin and hair. By rubbing it into your skin and hair, it gently cleans without stripping natural oils. Of course you do need to use soap on your hair after, but if you have dry skin like mine, you may not want to use any more than cold water to rinse. Thanks for your post. beth at http://anothersummeroffun.blogspot.com

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  42. Great post Natasha, did you realise that we make our own? I am not sure if you were a follower when I wrote about the last harvest!

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  43. That really did just make my mouth water. I am definitely going to try this cake. Sounds just deelisshhh!

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  45. So sorry I was gone for awhile and am just now getting to this. This cake looks to die for! I substitute olive oil wherever I can...I even started making my own tortillas and I use olive oil - yummy! Great info on the oil and a great recipe!

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