Orange & Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake

Orange  Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake
Orange Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake

Editor's Note: Anyone who has never sampled oil olive cake before will fall in love after one bite of this Orange & Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake. Those who love lemon poppy seed desserts will especially love the combination of orange and poppy seeds. This Orange & Poppy Seed Olive Oil Cake has a unique crumb and texture due to a combination of all-purpose flour and almond flour. The olive oil also helps make this cake moist and flavorful. The finished cake is topped with a homemade glaze made from orange juice and sugar. Enjoy a slice of this olive oil cake for dessert or even with a cup of coffee for breakfast.


  • For the cake:
  • Butter, for pan
  • 1 1/4 cup (175 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (81 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons (30 grams) poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) fine sea salt
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons (81 grams) extra-virgin olive oil
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) freshly squeezed orange juice (from zested orange)
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar


  1. Set a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 ½-by-4 ½-by-2 ¾-inch (21.5-by-11.5-by-7-cm; 6-cup) loaf pan. Line the pan with two overlapping strips of parchment paper that are long enough to cover the bottom and sides with 2 inches (5 cm) of overhang on each side.

  3. Butter the lower parchment to secure the top sheet.

  4. To make the cake, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, almond flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt.

  5. Using a fine-tooth rasp grater, grate the zest of the orange (avoiding the bitter white pith) directly into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and use your fingertips to rub the zest into the sugar. Add the eggs. Attach the bowl, fit the whisk attachment onto the mixer, and beat at medium-high speed until the sugar dissolves and the whisk begins to leave a trail as it mixes, about 4 minutes. Add the cream and olive oil and beat until blended, about 30 seconds. The batter will deflate a bit and liquefy. Add the flour mixture and beat at the lowest speed just until incorporated.

  6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, reaching down to the bottom to incorporate any unmixed dry ingredients. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

  7. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour, covering the cake loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil halfway through the baking time to prevent overbrowning. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Using the parchment overhang as handles, lift the cake out of the pan and transfer it directly onto the rack to cool completely.

  8. Peel away the parchment.


  1. To make the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the orange juice and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the mixture has the consistency of runny jam or registers 220°F (105°C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes. Immediately pour the glaze into a small bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Using a cake lifter, transfer the cake to a serving plate. Using a pastry brush, apply a generous amount of glaze on the cake, and serve.

  3. Storage: The cake will keep under a cake dome at room temperature for up to 4 days.


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