RECIPES:
Feb 15, 2021

Orange Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
This cake recipe is based on one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten, one that I had at Chef Nancy Silverton’s Los Angeles restaurant, Osteria Mozza.

jump toRECIPE

This olive oil-based cake is dense and moist with a touch of orange zest and juice for acidity, served topped with a whipped mascarpone cream.

This cake recipe is based on one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten, one that I had at Chef Nancy Silverton’s Los Angeles restaurant, Osteria Mozza. She serves mini rosemary olive oil cakes made in tea cake molds topped with olive oil gelato and sheets of caramelized sugar. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory and eating it was one of the most memorable ends of a meal that I have ever had.

Orange Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Mascarpone – This soft Italian double or triple cream cheese is rich and silky. Mascarpone is added to a classic whipped cream recipe to cut the sweetness while the candied orange slices make for an elegant garnish.
  • Olive oil – While all olive oil comes from the fruit of olive trees, it’s not all created equal. Extra-virgin olive oil is unrefined and made from pure, cold-pressed olives, giving it more of a true olive taste. Regular olive oil is made from a blend of both cold-pressed and processed oils. I typically cook with extra-virgin olive oil when deciding between the two.
  • Orange zest – The orange zest is the grated outer skin from the citrus to add a concentrated flavor. Use a zester or microplane to remove the zest. If you don’t have a zester use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to remove the rind and finely chop it.
  • Citrus – I slice and slowly dry out the citrus in the oven over a longer period of time at a low temperature as a garnish for the cake.

How to Make Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone

For the olive oil cake

  1. Prepare a cake pan. Rub a 9-inch cake pan with olive oil and fit a 9-inch circle of parchment paper into the bottom of the pan. Put the pan into the oven and heat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder to a large mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients. In another medium mixing bowl whisk together the milk, olive oil, eggs, orange zest and orange juice until thoroughly combined.
  4. Combine and add to the pan. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined and no flour remains.Pour the batter into the heated cake pan and turn the oven down to 350ºF.
  5. Bake the cake. Bake until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool for 10 minutes then carefully run a knife around the side of the cake pan and turn the cake out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before topping.

For the dried winter citrus slices 

  1. Bake the citrus slices. Heat the oven to 250ºF. Arrange the citrus slices on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake, flipping the slices every 15 minutes until the citrus slices are completely dried out but not browned, about 1 hour (depending on the size and thickness of the slices – some may finish sooner than others).
  2. Let cool. Remove to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.Slices can be made and stored up to 3 weeks ahead of time. 

For the whipped cream

  1. Beat the whipped cream. Add the heavy whipping cream, mascarpone and confectioners sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Begin whipping at medium speed until frothy and bubbly. Turn the speed up to high and continue to beat until soft peaks form, about 7 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For assembly

  1. Assemble the cake and serve. Use a rubber spatula to spread the whipped mascarpone cream over the top of the cake. Spread some around the sides so it is slightly covered but has the “naked” effect. Arrange the dried citrus over the top of the cake and serve.

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • Much like cooking with wine, the quality of olive oil is key to this cake. Use a good quality olive oil, one that you would use in a salad.
  • The texture of olive oil cake actually improves over time so these cakes are best made a day in advance then assembled just before serving.
  • Make sure it’s cooled completely before topping with the whipped cream otherwise it will slip off!

Other Recipes to Try

If you enjoy this recipe, I recommend checking out some of these:

Orange Olive Oil Cake with Mascarpone Cream

By Kylie Mazon-Chambers
Print Pin
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Serves 9 servings

Ingredients:

For the olive oil cake:  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

For the dried winter citrus slices: 

  • 3 med cara cara oranges, blood oranges or lemons, thinly sliced any seeds removed

For the whipped mascarpone cream: 

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions:

For the olive oil cake: 

  • Rub a 9-inch cake pan with olive oil and fit a 9-inch circle of parchment paper into the bottom of the pan. Put the pan into the oven and heat the oven to 400ºF.
    Add the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder to a large mixing bowl and whisk until combined. In another medium mixing bowl whisk together the milk, olive oil, eggs, orange zest and orange juice until thoroughly combined. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined and no flour remains.
    Pour the batter into the heated cake pan and turn the oven down to 350ºF. Bake until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool for 10 minutes then carefully run a knife around the side of the cake pan and turn the cake out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before topping.

For the dried winter citrus slices: 

  • Heat the oven to 250ºF. Arrange the citrus slices on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake, flipping the slices every 15 minutes until the citrus slices are completely dried out but not browned, about 1 hour (depending on the size and thickness of the slices – some may finish sooner than others). Remove to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
    Slices can be made and stored up to 3 weeks ahead of time.

For the whipped cream: 

  • Add the heavy whipping cream, mascarpone and confectioners sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Begin whipping at medium speed until frothy and bubbly. Turn the speed up to high and continue to beat until soft peaks form, about 7 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For assembly: 

  • Use a rubber spatula to spread the whipped mascarpone cream over the top of the cake. Spread some around the sides so it is slightly covered but has the “naked” effect. Arrange the dried citrus over the top of the cake and serve.

DID YOU MAKE THIS?

TAG ME ON INSTAGRAM TO BE FEATURED ON MY STORIES! @cookingwithcocktailrings

Rate + Review

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS RECIPE?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating