Glazed Orange Juice and Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts – adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros


4 eggs, separated
1 c. superfine sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
¾ c. good quality olive oil
¼ c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 t. of baking powder
3 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. orange zest*
1 c. freshly squeezed orange juice*
½ c. pine nuts

*I think it might work well to subsitute lemon for orange, meyer lemons would make the cake taste especially good.

For Glaze – if you want more sweetness:

1 c. confectioner sugar
3 T. fresh squeezed orange juice


Yields 2 nine-inch cakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray two 9 inch cake pans with cooking spray.
3. Whip egg whites until they form stiff peaks, set aside. Be mindful to put them in the refrigerator if it is hot weather, so they don’t collapse.
4. In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment whip the egg yolks with the vanilla into they get bulky and turn foamy.
5. Whisk the superfine and brown sugar into the egg yolks until combined. Then add the olive oil slowly, mixing well after each addition. Don’t get intimidated at this point, at first it is messy, but the batter eventually accepts the oil and it combines very well.
6. Add the flour, baking powder and orange zest to the mixture, alternating with the orange juice. Alternate adding ingredients until the batter is smooth.
7. Gently fold eggs whites into the batter until just combined. Do not overmix!!
8. Pour batter into cake pans and sprinkle each cake with ¼ c. pine nuts.
9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops turn golden and a cake skewer comes out clean.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This batter has all the right elements to make it perfect for naptime preparation. There is no need to take anything out ahead of time, simply enter the kitchen and start mixing. I found using the electric mixer immensely helpful here, but if you only have a wisk and bowl it is still doable.

Naptime Stopwatch

The whole batter only took about 15 minutes to make, the longer part being whipping the egg whites. It doesn’t take long to bake either. Be sure to watch it, the top can go from golden to burned very quickly.

Naptime Reviews

I picked the nuts off the top for my daughter and she loved the cake. My husband loved it so much that the cake went from being a whole to a half a cake in just two hours!

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