Olive Oil-Grape Cake with Honey-Ginger Glaze

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing the pan

3/4 cup sugar 

2 large eggs 

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

1/4 cup whole milk 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

3/4 teaspoon baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 lemon

1 1/2 generous cups small red seedless grapes

3 tablespoons clover honey 

1 small knob of ginger, grated 

Tangy Greek yogurt or lemon sorbet, for serving 


Special equipment:
a 9-inch springform pan (or a 9-inch glass baking dish)
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with butter.
  2. Make the batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on high speed until they lighten in color, 5 to 8 minutes. Slowly beat in the eggs one by one, then pour in the olive oil and milk and mix to combine.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Grate 5 or 6 light "grates" of the lemon zest over the flour mixture.
  4. Finish the batter: Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in about 1 cup of the grapes. Stir only enough to blend and gently so as not to bruise or break too many grapes.
  5. Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan.
  6. Make the glaze and serve the cake: Meanwhile, combine the honey and ginger in a small saute pan. Bring to a light simmer over low heat. When it bubbles, thickens and turns light brown, 2 to 3 minutes, add the remaining 1/2 cup grapes and the juice from 1/2 of the lemon. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  7. Serve slices of the cake with some of the grape-ginger mix spooned over it. Serve with tangy Greek yogurt or a scoop of lemon sorbet on the side.

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