Hi! Happy Sunday! Things are a little quiet around here - I managed to catch the cold that most of NYC seems to have at the moment, so I have been hiding at home a bit more than usual so I don’t spread it to everyone else that I know!
I had to pop on though, and share this recipe with you, because I’m super excited about it, and don’t think I can wait any longer to get it out in the world. I worked on it all of last week, tweaking and tweaking, until I came up with what I think is the perfect Olive Oil, Lemon, and Yoghurt Bundt Cake recipe. I am a sucker for a pretty cake pan, so purchased a couple of bundt pans a few years ago and haven’t used them anywhere near as much as I would like, and I am determined to change that! I think that lots of people (me included) are scared of bundt cakes because they are worried that they won’t pop out of the tin nicely. After a horrific fail during my first test of the recipe, I think I have a couple of wee tips up my sleeve to help prevent that - more on those later!
First, lets talk about this cake. I love all things lemon, and I also love the way that fruity olive oil plays against the tart citrus flavour. I wanted a cake that was perfectly dense, with the perfect amount of moisture, but still super simple to put together. I added some almond meal for texture, and also some greek yoghurt to give some tang and to compliment the smooth olive oil and lemon flavour. This cake comes together in two bowls, with no stand mixer or fancy equipment required - everything is just whisked up, before being poured into the bundt pan and baked until perfectly golden. I finished it with a quick brush of syrup while it was still warm to help drive the lemon flavour home and help lock in some of the moisture of the cake. This cake is perfect for any occasion, and serves loads of people, so would be great to feed a crowd.
When you add olive oil to a cake, or to any baking, you really want to play on the flavour, so it is important to use a super high quality oil - something you would happily eat straight. I have partnered with Filippo Berio for this post - using their 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The oil is light and fruity, and a tiny bit peppery, making it the perfect choice to use in baking - I love how it plays with the lemon in this cake, and gives the most beautiful texture. You may remember I did a bunch of posts with Filippo Berio last year, showcasing their amazing pesto. I am so, so happy to share that I have a year-long partnership with them, to help show off all of their amazing products! I have been using their olive oil in my day to day cooking since I moved to the States four years ago, and they are a great company run by amazing people, so I am super excited to share more recipes with you using their oils, pestos, and glazes. I will be sharing one recipe a month, so watch this space!
A few wee tips:
I found that there were a few things that helped for an easy release from the bundt pan. The first being the type of recipe - the cake has to be dense enough that it has enough structure to release from the sides. The first test of this recipe I did was far too light in texture, and it stuck something wicked. By the end of the testing, I developed a recipe that popped right out of the pan!
The second tip is to adequately grease the tin. You can use a baking spray to get in all the little holes in the bundt pan, then generously dust the pan with flour and tap out the excess, or you can use a baking spray that also contains flour. I am not usually a big fan of the spray with the flour in it, but I do find that it is reassuring to use for bundt pans because you know the cake will not stick.
The cake needs to be baked enough that it will not stick to the sides - make sure that a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean - I like to stick it in a few different spots just to check.
The final tip is turning out the cake while it is still warm. If you wait for it to cool, it will stick. 10 minutes is the sweet spot - I pull it out of the oven, then set a timer for 10 minutes and let it sit in the pan before turning out.
I used a Nordicware Crown Bundt pan, which has a 10 cup capacity. Ensure you double check the size of your pan.
Olive Oil, Lemon, and Yoghurt Bundt Cake
- Makes one Bundt Cake, Serves about 14 -
360g all-purpose flour
110g almond meal
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of 3 lemons
4 eggs, at room temperature
180g Filippo Berio 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
180g Lemon Juice
200g Full-fat Greek Yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
60g Lemon Juice
- PROCESS -
OLIVE OIL, LEMON AND YOGHURT BUNDT CAKE
Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Grease a 10-cup capacity bundt pan with baking spray with flour, or spray liberally with baking spray, then dust well with flour, tapping out the excess. Place on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, Filippo Berio 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil , lemon juice, yoghurt, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and whisk well to combine, finishing mixing using a rubber spatula to ensure the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, and there are no dry ingredients left at the bottom of the bowl.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared bundt pan, and place the bundt pan, on the baking sheet, into the oven. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, checking for doneness at 50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean or with only a few crumbs attached.
Remove the cake from the oven, and allow to stand in the pan for 10 minutes, before turning out onto a wire baking rack. Brush with the lemon syrup while still warm. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Leftovers are best stored tightly wrapped or in an airtight container.
Place the lemon juice and syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine, then heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then simmer for 2 minutes to allow it to reduce slightly. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes to cool slightly, then brush onto the cake liberally using a pastry brush.
Thank you so much to Filippo Berio for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.