My Favorite Winter Activity ~ Baking!

I recently posted on my Instagram that one of my favorite winter activities was baking. So I thought of share a delicious recipe with everyone. When I first heard of this particular recipe, I thought it was going to be awful. But it was SO good. I couldn’t get enough. It would be great for a holiday or any weekend!

Orange Olive Oil Cake 

Prep time – 10 minutes
Cook time – 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling time – 1 hour
Total time – 2 hours 20 minutes


1 1/3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange freshly squeezed juice
1/4 cup Gran Marnier
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


Preheat oven to 325F, add a circle of parchment paper to the base of a 9-inch springform pan, and spray the parchment paper and the sides of the pan very well with cooking spray; set aside. Do not make this cake in a regular 9-inch cake pan. Most are only about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep and this cake rises to about 2 1/2 to 3 inches on the sides and nearly 4 inches in the center. It will overflow in a regular 9-inch pan.

To a large bowl, add the olive oil, eggs, and whisk well to emulsify and incorporate.

Add the milk, orange zest, orange juice (I was able to get sufficient zest and juice from one large orange), Gran Marnier, and whisk to incorporate.

Add the sugar and whisk to incorporate.

Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and whisk until just incorporated; don’t overmix. The batter in on the thin side; this is normal.

Turn batter out into prepared pan, place pan on a baking sheet as insurance against a leaky springform pan, and bake for about 70 to 75 minutes. Start checking after 60 minutes since all ovens vary. Cake will be golden browned and domed in the center when done, and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Allow cake to cool in the springform pan for about 1 hour before releasing it and allowing the cake to finish cooling on a wire rack.

Dust with confectioners’ sugar prior to serving.

Recipe courtesy of AVERIE SUNSHINE.



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