Another cake post, I know. For some reason I have been on kind of a baking spree lately. Perhaps it’s the crazy weather, 70 one day and 50 and raining the next. Perhaps it’s waiting for spring produce to arrive. Or maybe I’ve just been craving sugar. Either way, this cake is not very sweet and could possibly be called somewhat healthy, due to all of the olive oil (healthy calories!) and orange juice. Or at least that’s what I tell myself after my second slice. So far I have resisted eating it for breakfast, but it’s been close. Throw a dollop of yogurt on there and some (unsweetened) berries, and you are basically eating a yogurt parfait. With cake, but that’s beside the point.
Orange-Olive Oil Cake (adapted from Food & Wine)
3 cups cake flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup olive oil
1 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
Juice of 1 orange (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablepoons sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Plain greek yogurt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan, then line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, milk, eggs, orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier. Add dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and invert cake onto rack, letting cool for at least two hours.
Meanwhile, mix strawberries, zest, sugar, and Grand Marnier in a medium bowl. Let sit for about half a hour, until juice begins to form.