When I first saw this cake in the Holiday issue of Ontario’s LCBO magazine, I knew I had to make it! This delectable and really beautiful cake replaces the butter in the batter with olive oil and Greek yogurt. The flavor of the oil really shines through so use a good quality olive oil. With blood oranges in season, the topping is both a seasonal winner and very pretty. The cake tastes like a a light white cake with marmalade on top. If you can’t find blood oranges, navels will work fine as a substitute. Use a serated knife to cut through the fruit. I did find even with small sliices the peel, although delicious, was hard to bite into. You either ended up with no peel or a big chunk of peel. I would make it again and maybe julienne cut the oranges down. If you have had a similar experience with home candied fruit, please let me know if you found a solution. The candied fruit can be made in advance up to a week.
Olive Oil Cake with Candied Blood Oranges
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 c sugar for the batter
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 1/3 c honey flavored Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 t vanilla or vanilla bean paste
For the candied oranges: 3 blood oranges or 2 Navel oranges, 2 c sugar, 1 c water
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Grease an 8 or 9 inch cake pan with olive oil. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. In another bowl, whisk the oil, egss, vanilla, yogurt, and 1 c of sugar.until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Scrape into pan. Bake in center of oven for 30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes then invert onto a rack to cool completely.
- To make the candied oranges: wash the fruit, cut and discard end slices. Slice the fruit very thinly. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 1 c of water in a shallow pan over medium heat. Carefully add the orange slices to the syrup and cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all slices are moistened and cooking evenly. Remove carefully with a fork, allowing the syrup to drip back into the pan, and place onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet to let the fruit dry flat. Make sure none of the slices touch. Simmer the syrup another 5 minutes to reduce.
- Prick the cake in several places and drizzle the syrup onto its surface. Arrange the candied oranges on top, drizzle with the remaining syrup and serve. It is a showstopping gorgeous creation that only looks hard to make. Serves 10-12. Use a serrated knife to slice through the fruit.