Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I could not be happier that it is Meyer lemon season.  The Meyer lemon is the friendlier version of it's traditional lemon counterpart that lingers on store shelves throughout the year, until each winter, it's slightly sweeter and less bitter cousin greets us with its sunny presence.  I love this variety because it is a cross between an orange and a lemon and it is the perfect compliment to your water or better yet an addition to a dessert.  As you might have noticed, I have an affinity for traditional Italian food, which is why I decided to make a Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake, the perfect post-holiday indulgence.  This cake is incredibly light and fluffy and has a slightly salty/sweet crunchy top, thanks to the sprinkling of turbinado sugar and sea salt just before baking.  This cake serves perfectly alongside an afternoon cup of tea or a demitasse of espresso.  Continue for recipe...

A Few Things: It is best to incorporate a good quality olive oil with a more robust flavor (either peppery or buttery notes) versus a light olive oil that might be used to dressings.  
A Floral Note: I accented this cake with purple Limonium, traditionally used as a filler flower, but here it works perfectly here to adorn this dessert.
*All photographs by Alison 
**Recipe slightly adapted from One Girl Cookies by Dawn Casale & David Crofton (this cookbook is amazing!)


  1. Anything meyer lemon makes my heart swoon. Looks delicous, gorgeous post. x

  2. Want to move to DXB and bake for me...please?!? :)

    xx Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

  3. I love the taste of lemons, so this is right up my alley. Plus, it looks so simplistic and lovely. Gorgeous shots, Alison!

    The Glossy Life

  4. Seems very good and healthy dear! love the lemon flavor! pin the first pic! kisses! xo

  5. This looks delicious. Beautiful photos, too!
    xo, Julie

  6. So glad you like the cookbook! Your cake looks amazing! And I LOVE the way you accented the cake with Limonium... beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca! I absolutely adore One Girl Cookies, it is very dangerous living so closely to your Cobble Hill location, which I frequent more times than I would like to admit:) The cookbook is fabulous - I got it as a Christmas gift and have almost everything tabbed to bake.

  7. oh yes!!! My husband will love this...I'm making it this weekend! anything olive oil and he is in. Beautiful as always!!

  8. Delicious!! :)

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  9. Now that is one lovely cake. It just looks so beautiful and nothing is better than lemon.

  10. Funny, I had no idea about the difference between a regular and a Meyer lemon! :) Wow, this looks so delicious. I'm just love any dessert that is lemon flavoured!

    xo Jenny

  11. I've never heard of olive oil cake, but this looks amazing. Fantastic pictures as usual!


  12. This looks divine. I love how you decorate it!

  13. Looks so good! I would love to try this! xoxo

  14. just wanted to let you know I made it this afternoon.....yum! love the texture especially....and so healthy.....olive oil is just better for you than butter. My husband loved the surprise. My little one who puts sprinkles on everything had to add chocolate sprinkles....she loved it too.

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  16. I just made this! Received some very lovely olive oil for Christmas (already have TONS but this was special) I made a cake : ) Beautiful ♥