That sounds interesting…

I don’t think anything says “cozy” more than the smell of freshly baked cake in the house. The problem with freshly baked cake in the house, however, is you tend to eat it…a lot of it. Because you are going to eat a lot of that freshly baked cake, it should be yummy…and unique on occasion. Olive oil cake? I admit, I wasn’t so sure. It sounded unique yes, but was it yummy? Let’s give it a try!

The Usual Cast Of Characters

Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan

3/4 cup high-quality extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved 

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt 

2 cups all purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1 cup granulated sugar 

3 large eggs, at room temperature 

1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract

3/4 cup whole milk or half and half

The Steps to Glory

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan or mini bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder and the teaspoon of fine salt in a medium bowl.

3.Add the granulated sugar, eggs and 1/4 cup brown sugar into a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat the egg mixture on medium speed until thickened and fluffy, 3 minutes.

4. Add the almond or vanilla extract. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in the remaining 3/4 cup olive oil. Continue mixing until the olive oil is emulsified into the batter. Turn off the mixer and add half of the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed just until the ingredients are mixed , then pour in the milk.

5. Turn off the mixer and add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix on low speed just until the batter comes together, scraping down the bowl as needed.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan or mini bundt pan. Stud the top of the cake with the 1 cup grapes. Bake until the cake is golden brown and pulling away from the side of the pan, about 1 hour 40 minutes. The surface of the cake should look dry and slightly cracked.

7. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the pan. When ready to serve, garnish each slice with powdered sugar.

The verdict is in…yes to unique and a big yes to yummy!

This guitar loving girl agrees!

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21 thoughts on “That sounds interesting…

  1. Yummy looking cakes!! And your daughter has grown so much since I started following you!! TIme does not stand still. Thank you for stopping by#omhgff to share your blog each week!
    Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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  2. I couldn’t agree more, Amy, if you’re going to indulge, it ought to be worth it, and it looks like this cake is. And what an adorable photo of your guitar-loving girl. That’s what drew me in in the first place when I saw your blog on the Blogger’s Pit Stop. Have a lovely weekend!


  3. I’m sitting here finishing off my daughter’s birthday cake, as I type… 😀 This one sounds interesting, and I’m not sure I’ve seen grapes used in a cake this way. I’m so glad it turned out well. It’s always fun to try new recipes, especially if they are sweet! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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  4. A totally new recipe for me. The cakes look so inviting, I would eat too much as well. I love to see that guitar being played and loved, I am sure all that cake made it sound sweeter. We will feature this post on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done.

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