Angela's Olive Oil Apple Cake 15.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Jan 1, 2014

The oil makes this simple apple cake moist and tender. The butter crumb topping adds a nice crunch.

Serve plain or with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.


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Tested size: 15 servings

  • For the apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium or 3 small tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (8 ounces sliced)
  • For the cake
  • Scant 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating the pan
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the topping
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature


For the apples: Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add the apple slices; toss gently but thoroughly so the slices are well coated.

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a little oil to grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Pour in the scant cup of oil and the orange juice, whisking until well combined.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth.

Pour half of the batter into the baking pan. Gently arrange the apple slices over the batter in a single layer, overlapping them slightly. (You might not need all of the apple slices.) Pour the remaining batter over the apples and use a flexible spatula to smooth and even out the batter. Bake for 30 minutes; the cake will not be done.

Meanwhile, make the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon (to taste) and salt in a mixing bowl. Distribute the pieces of butter around the bowl; use your fingers to work the mixture into large crumbs, making sure all of the butter is well incorporated.

Remove the cake from the oven (after 30 minutes); immediately sprinkle the topping evenly over the surface of the cake. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer the cake (in the baking pan) to a wire rack to cool for 1 hour before serving.

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Recipe Source

From Angela Ranalli, pastry chef at Le Virtù in Philadelphia.

Tested by Domenica Marchetti and Bonnie S. Benwick.

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