Lemon Olive Oil Coffee Cake

September 27, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Lemon-scented olive oil cake topped with a crumbly brown sugar and cinnamon streusel. —Riley Wofford

What You'll Need
  • Streusel:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. Streusel:
  2. Stir together the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Add the melted butter and stir until the streusel comes together.
  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs, sugar, and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes, until the mixture turns a pale yellow color and forms ribbons when the paddle is lifted. Add the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and milk and mix until well combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, blending until just incorporated.
  4. Press the streusel over the bottom of the prepared pan and pour the batter over the top. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Invert the cake onto a plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

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1 Review

Janet D. May 12, 2016
this cake was absolutely delicious! I made it for Mother's Day and I used the ceramic Pillivuyt brioch mold on Food52. Because the bottom had a smaller surface area I used half of the streusel in the cake and cooked the remainder on a separate pan for 10 minutes while the cake baked.
I love contrasting textures so after un-molding I sprinkled the crisp streusel on top and dusted with powdered sugar. It needed absolutley nothing else!