Olive Oil Cake

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon fine salt

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 1/4 cups whole milk

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup orange liqueur, rum, brandy or whisky

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling pans

1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 teaspoons anise seed

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

6 tablespoons lemon or orange marmalade

2 fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil 2 (10-inch) round cake pans.
  2. In a nonreactive saucepan, reduce the orange juice over medium heat to 1/4 cup. Add salt, stir, and let cool.
  3. Lightly beat eggs with paddle attachment in standing mixer on high for 1 minute until frothy. Add milk, sugar, liqueur, olive oil, reduced orange juice, lemon zest, anise and 1 teaspoon rosemary. Mix for 1 minute until well blended. Mix in the flour, baking soda and baking powder until well blended and smooth.
  4. Pour half of the mixture into each oiled cake pan. Bake for 1 hour. Place on a rack to cool. Run a knife around the edges and place it on a plate. While the cake is still warm, smooth 3 tablespoons of marmalade onto the top of each cake. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary evenly over both cakes. Garnish center with rosemary sprig. Cut each cake into wedges and serve.

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