Citrus Olive Oil Cakes


  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice & zest of one Meyer lemon
  • 2 tablespoons tangerine or orange juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon, finely minced

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour miniature cake pans.  The recipe should make enough for 12 miniature Bundts with a little to spare.

Step 2: In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and olive oil on medium-high speed until well-blended, about 2 minutes.  Add the zest, juice, eggs, and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy, another minute or two.

Step 3: Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, and yogurt.  Return to medium-high speed and mix until well-combined, about a minute.  Divide the batter evenly into the mini cake forms, being careful to only fill the molds halfway full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.

Step 4: Remove the cakes from the oven and carefully invert the pan.  Let the completed cakes cool on a wire baking rack for 5-10 minutes.  Serve warm with the Lemon Sugar Glaze or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Step 5: Making the Lemon Sugar Glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth and fully-combined.  Stir in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.  Spoon over the warm cakes.  This will allow some of the glaze to soak into the cake more thoroughly.

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