Metropolitan Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

Metropolitan Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
Philadelphia, PA - offers breads, coffee, tea & espresso, pastries, sandwiches, pizza plus a variety of desserts, sweets and specialty food items.

This luscious, zesty cake is so simple to whip up! Try the variations for a nice change.

¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush a 2 ¾ inch by 10 inch loaf pan with melted butter or nonstick spray and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, combine olive oil, sugar and eggs. Mix on low speed until blended then increase to medium speed. Mix until light and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. In a separate bowl whisk together the cake flour, baking soda and baking powder and salt. On medium low speed, alternately add flour mixture and cream in three additions. Mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans. Place cake in a preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place the sprig of herb in the center of the batter to bake.
Remove cake to a cooling rack to cool completely.

​Variations

Stir either of the following ingredient combinations into the final batter before filling the cake pan:

2 teaspoons fresh, chopped rosemary, grated zest of 1 orange, and a sprig of rosemary for garnish.
2 teaspoons fresh, chopped thyme, grated zest of 1 lemon, and a sprig of thyme for garnish.

Glaze

½ cup fresh orange juice (lemon juice if thyme is used)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Combine orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced and slightly thickened. Brush top of cake with glaze.