Variation on Maialino's Cornmeal Olive Oil Cake

May  1, 2019
0 Ratings
Photo by Gretchen
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 55 minutes
  • Makes 1 9" cake
Author Notes

One of my favorite things to do is experimenting with recipes, so when I read about Food52's Off Roading Recipe challenge, I signed up right away. Since I love to bake, I chose Maialino's Olive oil cake. I was initially a bit daunted to make changes in a genius recipe, but am always up for a challenge! After reading the recipe and many of the glowing reviews, I came up with a plan. For some added texture, I decided to add cornmeal in place of some of the flour. To give the cornmeal a little boost, I upped the baking powder to 1 teaspoon. Because they are one of my favorite citrus fruits, I substituted Meyer lemons for the orange zest and juice. I didn't have Grand Marnier or anything like it on hand, so I used white wine instead. Several reviewers commented that the taste of the Grand Marnier was a bit lost, so I wasn't worried about the wine. For one more flavor note, I added some almond extract which pairs well with lemon. I was very pleased with the result of my newly revised Olive Oil cake! The cake is beautifully moist, with a bit of texture from the cornmeal. The sweet citrus scent of Meyer lemon shines through and is complemented by just a hint of almond extract. —Gretchen

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal(medium ground)
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 9" cake pan with a round of parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  2. In a bowl whisk the dry ingredients- flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda and powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients- olive oil, milk, eggs, lemon juice and zest, wine and almond extract. Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for up to an hour until cake is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Check cake after 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Loosen edges of cake by running a knife around the sides of pan, then invert cake onto rack to cool completely.

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rshin78 July 25, 2022
As soon as I tasted the Maialino Olive oil cake after baking it, I knew right away that I wanted cornmeal in this cake, so I'm not shocked to find this variation at all. Just curious if you have thought of adding something like orange blossom water in this recipe (instead of white wine or Grand Marnier) to up the floral notes in the extra virgin olive oil?