Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

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recipe by Food52

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 45mins
  • Serves icon
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based on 4 ratings

Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle. This one from Maialino Restaurant in New York City is perfect!

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recipe updated May 5, 2020


  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    2 cups (about 259.2 g)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    1 ¾ cups (about 357 g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    1 ½ tsp (about 4.27 g)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    ½ tsp (about 2.33 g)
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    ½ tsp (about 2.5 g)
  • Egg icon
    3 (about 150 g)
  • Milk icon
    1 ¼ cups (about 300 g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    1 ¼ cups (about 290.47 g)
  • Orange icon
    1 (about 200 g)
  • Orange juice icon
    Orange juice
    ¼ cup (about 66 g)
  • Grand marnier icon
    Grand marnier
    ¼ cup (about 57 g)


  • kCook icon Parchment paper
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Round pan - 9 x 2"

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 175°C
  2. Grease a clean round pan
  3. Line with parchment paper
  4. Add all purpose flour, granulated sugar, kosher salt, baking soda and baking powder to a clean medium bowl
  5. Whisk briefly then set aside
  6. Add egg, milk, extra virgin olive oil, orange, orange juice and grand marnier to a clean large mixing bowl
  7. Whisk until combined
  8. Transfer dry ingredients to batter
  9. Whisk carefully until just combined
  10. Pour batter into round pan
  11. Bake until skewer tests clean - 1 hr, 175°C
  12. Let cool - 30 min
  13. Turn out on round wire rack until completely cool
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