California is known for its Olive Oil and this simple cake recipe really shows it off

Recently, I traveled up to Sonoma Valley with my friend Linda Burns for a women’s creative workshop. While I was there, we stayed at the charming Olea Hotel and were served this Orange Olive Oil Cake for breakfast. It was so delicious and moist that I asked the chef for the recipe.

The minute I got home I made some for Alex and my friends. It will become a family favorite and I think it is perfect for Easter, Passover and any springtime events.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


Short on eggs? Use 1/4 cup of applesauce to replace one whole egg in this recipe.

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Orange Olive Oil Cake

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Orange Olive Oil Cake Recipe


1 cup orange juice (preferably fresh)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 whole milk
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup Orange liqueur
1 1/2 cups of Temecula Olive Oil Company Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Butter and flour 2 loaf pans.
Boil the orange juice down to reduce it to 1/4 cup.
Add salt, stir and let cool.
Lightly beat eggs with a paddle attachment on high for about 1 minute until well combined…a bit frothy.
Add milk, sugar, orange liqueur…(I like to use Grand Mariner) and Temecula Olive Oil Company Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Temecula Olive Oil Company, reduced orange juice and orange zest. Mix for 1 minute until well blended.
Mix in all the dry ingredients until well blended and smooth.
Divide the thin batter between the two pans and bake in oven for 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

Garnish – berries, powdered sugar, sliced peaches or a sprig of rosemary or lavendar.

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Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.

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