Off-Roaded Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

May  6, 2019
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Photo by Megan
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 10
Author Notes

Olive oil cake with a light ricotta icing, adapted from Maialino's Olive Oil cake ( This recipe gets rid of the Grand Marnier (which I never have in the house). It also substitutes powdered milk for a portion of the whole milk. To account for liquid (due to the removal of the Grand Marnier and part of the milk) it increases the amount of olive oil. Finally, it splits the cake across two 9-inch pans in order to both lower the baking time and provide a vehicle for Ricotta Icing (which has a pleasant tang, similar to cream cheese frosting). —Megan

What You'll Need
  • Olive Oil Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 zest from an orange
  • 1 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Ricotta Icing
  • 2/3 cup Full-fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 2/3 cup Powdered sugar
  1. Olive Oil Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter, oil, or spray 2 9-inch cake pans.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, powdered milk, orange zest) in a large bowl.
  4. Mix wet ingredients (olive oil, milk, eggs, orange juice, lemon extract), and then pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Split batter equally between the two greased 9-inch pans, and bake for 32-36 minutes.
  6. Cool on a baking rack for 2 hours.
  1. Ricotta Icing
  2. Mix ricotta and sugar together until it forms a thin - nearly running icing.
  3. Spread a thin layer between the two cakes, and another layer on top. Leave the sides of the cake plain.

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