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Orange Aperitivo Olive Oil Cake by Baking The Goods.

Orange Aperitivo Olive Oil Cake

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This super moist & undeniably delightful Orange Aperitivo Olive Oil Cake is simple to make but full of flavor. It's rich & creamy with bright, zesty orange & a burst of botanical bitterness from the Aperitivo. 


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (- divided)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk (- at room temperature)
  • 3 large eggs (- at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup aperitivo (- such as Aperol, Campari or Bruto Americano)
  • 1-2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Warm oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or spring form pan that is at least 2 inches deep (it will spill over if it is smaller) with cooking spray or butter. Line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, grease and dust lightly with flour. (If your cake pan is less than 2 inches deep, use 2 pans.)
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Whisk in orange zest.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, orange juice and aperitivo. 
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.  (If using 2 pans, divide the batter evenly between the two pans. remember to start checking for doneness after 30 minutes of baking.)
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. (If using 2 pans, start checking for doneness after 30 minutes of baking, as the baking time will be shorter.)
  7. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and allow to cool.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with fresh whipped cream. 


Adapted from Food 52's recipe for Maialino's Olive Oil Cake.

Serve it with whipped crème fraîche, whipped cream, whipped mascarpone, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: cake