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Olive Oil Cakes Recipe

Olive Oil Cakes Recipe
  • courseDolce
  • difficultyMedium
  • preparation time40 minutes

Celebrate the olive harvest with our olive oil cakes recipe! Light and tender, these small torte are deeply flavorful. 

Torte di Olio d’Oliva (Olive Oil Cakes)
Recipe courtesy of Eataly USA Head Pastry Chef Katia Delogu

Yield: 20 mini cakes

250 grams / 1 1/8 cups extra virgin olive oil, plus more for tins
200 grams / 4 eggs
350 grams / 1 3/4 cups sugar
130 grams / 1/2 cup + 2 tsp milk
120 grams /1/2 cup white wine
350 grams / 2.5 cups flour
20 grams / 4 tsp baking soda
Powdered sugar, optional
Chopped rosemary or orange zest, optional

Nota bene: baking is an exact science, so our original recipe starts with metric measurements. A small kitchen scale will make measuring easy!

Preheat an oven to 350˚F. Dress two 12-count muffin tins with extra virgin olive oil.

In a stand mixer, whip the eggs, olive oil, and sugar at a medium speed until the mixture becomes very voluminous and light in color. Turn the mixer down to low, and slowly pour in the milk and white wine. Turn off the mixer, and sift in the flour and baking soda. Fold these into the mixture.

Ladle the mixture into the oiled muffin tins, filling the tins halfway up the sides. Fill any empty muffin tins halfway with water.

Bake until the cake tops become golden brown, for approximately 12-14 minutes.

If desired, add chopped rosemary or orange zest to the batter, or enjoy as a topping with the powdered sugar. These cakes are also great topped with zabaione, gelato, or preserved fruit.

Buon appetito!

olive oil shelves

Ingredients are front and center in this simple recipe, so be sure to choose the best extra virgin olive oil at your local Eataly, or shop our selection of extra virgin olive oil online. Overwhelmed by the offerings? Check out our guide to selecting olive oil on Eataly Magazine!