Grilled Olive Oil Cake


  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups olive oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • Simple syrup, as needed
  • Confectioners’ sugar, as needed


Rub zest into sugar to release oils. Whip eggs, add zest and sugar together with a mixer until pale and doubled in volume. Add vanilla and slowly add oil to emulsify.

Sift remaining dry ingredients into large bowl. Fold in half of the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture, followed by half of the milk. Add remaining dry ingredients and the milk. Do not overmix.

Bake in a greased loaf pan in a preheated 325°F oven for about 45 minutes, checking when the cake becomes fragrant. Cool. Slice and grill.

Chef Krista Owens, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ, from Food Fanatics Magazine