Located in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley, Round Pond Estate is a family owned vineyard with a thriving olive grove. Similar to their small-lot winemaking business, the olive oil crafted onsite is made in small batches and bottled on demand. Round Pond chef Jamie Prouten shared the estate’s go-to recipe, sweet and simple, olive oil cake where, you guessed it, olive oil plays a starring role.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Serves 12

Ingredients

3 large eggs, beaten
2 c. granulated sugar
12 oz. Olive Oil
1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. fresh orange juice
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. almond meal
2 oz. Round Pond Estate Meyer Lemon Citrus Syrup
Powdered sugar, for garnish

While all of Round Pond Estate’s gourmet food products are available online, an easy alternative to the citrus syrup is to use honey with the juice of a Meyer lemon.

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, olive oil, milk, and orange juice.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Whisk until well blended.
  4. Fold in the almond meal.
  5. Pour mixture into a buttered 10″ cake pan (or a muffin tin for the perfect individual cakes).
  6. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour (in muffin tin, 15-20 minutes).
  7. Once done, place on a rack to cool, then run a knife around the edges and place it on a plate.
  8. Sprinkle olive oil cake with powdered sugar, drizzle with lemon citrus syrup, and enjoy.

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