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This one-bowl orange cake couldn't be easier or more delicious. The olive oil creates an insanely moist (sorry, there isn't a better word) cake, and the fresh orange juice and zest in both the cake and glaze keep the flavor in perfect balance. Ideal for family gatherings as either a dessert or breakfast.

Total time: 85 minutes

Active time: 25 minutes

Bake time: 60 minutes

Makes 1 cake

Ingredients for the cake:

1+1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil

3 large eggs

1+1/4 cups whole milk

2 tbsp orange zest

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1+3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1+1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Ingredients for the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

Zest of remaining 1/2 orange

Juice of 1 orange, about 3 tbsp

Instructions for the cake:

1.) Preheat the oven to 325° F. Using a paper towel, grease a standard 10-inch bundt pan with butter. Flour the inside, rotating the pan until all surfaces are covered.

2.) In a large bowl, combine olive oil and eggs and whisk well until emulsified (you should no longer see globs of oil). Add milk, zest, and juice to the bowl and whisk until incorporated. Add sugar and repeat.

3.) Add all dry ingredients to the bowl. Whisk gently into the wet ingredients until just incorporated. Don't over mix; it's okay if there are small lumps in the batter, which should be quite thin. 

4.) Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes. At this point, test the cake by inserting a knife or toothpick. If it comes out clean or with crumbs (not wet batter), remove the cake. If not, bake in 5 minute increments until done. 

5.) Let the cake cool for 45 minutes to an hour before removing from the pan. This will decrease the likelihood of it getting stuck. While it cools, make the glaze.

7.) Before removing, use a small rubber spatula to separate the sides from the pan gently.

Instructions for the glaze:


1.) Combine powdered sugar, orange zest, and orange juice in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.

2.) Once cake has cooled completely, pour glaze around the top of the cake, allowing it to run down the outside and inside of the of the cake. Cut, serve, and enjoy.

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