When I posted on Facebook that I was baking a lemon rosemary olive oil cake someone commented and said “yuk”. Ha ha! Sounds a little odd I suppose, but I’ve learned that herbs are very versatile. While the thought of using pungent rosemary in a delicate cake might seem a bit unusual to you, olive oil probably sounds even stranger. Think about it though. Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can use, but you don’t want to use one that is cold pressed or with a stronger flavor. Use a lighter olive oil when using it in baking and substitute equally for other oils.
When I found this recipe on My Recipes I was curious as to why the rating was only 3 out of 5. Turns out after reading many of the comments that a lot of people were producing dry cakes. The instructions say to use 13.5 ounces of flour, then in parenthesis it says “about 3 cups”. Here’s where Baking 101 really comes in to play. If you aerate your flour by either stirring it first or “fluffing” it up then weigh out 13.5 ounces, after scooping that into your measuring cups and leveling them off, you will end up with a bit less than 3 cups. That’s just for discussion purposes though. I recommend for this recipe that you simply weigh the flour. That’s what I did and it was perfect. If you don’t have a scale, start with 2 1/2 cups, but don’t go more than 2 3/4 cups.
I took some of this lovely cake over to a friend of mine and she loved it. I did too. It had a delicious lemon flavor with only a subtle hint of rosemary. If you didn’t tell someone the rosemary was in there, they probably wouldn’t be able to detect it. Definitely delicious and worth giving a try!
Lemon-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
Baker’s Joy cooking spray
13.5 ounces all-purpose flour (roughly 2.5 – 2.75 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup low fat milk
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
3 large eggs
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Coat a 10-inch tube pan with Baker’s Joy cooking spray; or regular cooking spray then dust with 2 tablespoons flour. Weigh or lightly spoon 13.5 ounces flour (about 2.5 – 2.75 cups) into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.
Place granulated sugar and next 7 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at low speed 2 minutes or until smooth. Add to flour mixture; beat until blended.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Combine powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, stirring until smooth. Drizzle sugar mixture over cake. Garnish with rosemary sprig, if desired.
More from other great blogs:
Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie from Barbara Bakes
Lemon Meringue and Fresh Raspberry Cheesecake from She’s Becoming DoughMessTic
Cornmeal, Rosemary & Lemon Cake with Rhubarb & Strawberry Sauce from Cookin’ Canuck
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