Olive Oil Cupcakes
Do you have a favorite dessert when you offer to bring one to a gathering (remember those?)? This recipe is my go-to option. Pre-COVID I used to bake a whole cake and sprinkle it with powder sugar and decorate it with a sprig of my olive tree. It looked beautiful. Today, instead I make cupcakes, so it’s an individual dessert, and people can grab their own. They look pretty and it’s a safer option.
I adapted this recipe from Food52 Mailiano’s Olive Oil Cake. I made the following substitutions: instead of using whole milk, I use buttermilk or a combination of whole milk and yogurt. Buttermilk or greek yogurt are the best addition for cake recipes as it makes them fluffy and moist. I don’t use Grand Marnier, as the original recipe calls for, I use fresh orange juice. I’ve also used a combination of oranges and Meyer lemons and the result was amazing.
This is a really easy and kind recipe. By kind I mean that it is fool-proof, you won’t mess it up and believe me when I say it’s a crowd-pleaser. Let me know if you make it. Tag me if you do @mycupofteablog!
Some lovelies you might need to make them…
Olive Oil Cupcakes
- Muffin pan or cake pan
- Mixing bowls
- Unbleached parchment paper or cupcake liners
- 2 cups all purpose flour I use Bob's Red Mill Pastry Flour
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 1 ½ tsp Himalayan salt (fine)
- ½ tsp baking powder I use aluminium free
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 ⅓ cups good olive oil
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk Substitute for 3/4 cups of greek yogurt + 1/2 cup of whole milk. Yogurt is what makes a cake moist and fluffy
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ tbsp grated orange zest
- ½ cup orange juice I once used Meyer lemons and it turned out superb
- Line your cake pan with parchment paper or you muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
- In another bowl combine olive oil, buttermilk, eggs, orange zest and juice.
- Gradually, pour in the dry ingredients into the wet ones, folding them until combined. Do not overmix
- Pour the batter into your pan.
- If you're making a cake it will take one hour or until the top is golden brown. If you're making cupcakes they will take from 22-25 minutes. Remember these times are approximate and depend on your oven. Check them regularly without opening the oven. When the tops are golden it's time to do a toothpick test.
- Take them out of the oven and let them cool down.