Thursday, June 17, 2010

Number 56: Lemon olive oil cupcakes

Usually, when I see olive oil, I think chopped garlic and slightly wilted spinach. So olive oil cake, while all the rage on tastespotting, was not exactly something my mother makes. But hey, olive oil is great in bread and on bread. And then you have the combination of time + home oven + a bottle of extra virgin olive oil + Internet + a killer photo + muffin tins. Forget spinach, let's make some cake.

Lemon olive oil cupcakes
 adapted from Blue Ridge Baker
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons worth), strained
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1.5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
3.5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin
1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl
2. In a larger bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and lemon zest. Whisk over simmering water until warm to touch.
3. Once warm, remove from heat and beat with an electric mixer until pale and thick.
4. In another bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice and cream.
5. Drizzle olive oil mixture over egg mixture. Beat until just combined.
6. Slowly add dry ingredients, beat until just combined. Stir in melted butter.
7. Divide batter evenly, filling the muffin tin about three-quarters full.
8. Sprinkle some sugar over batter, bake until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean. About 15 to 17 minutes. Makes about eight cakes.

5 comments:

Elisha J said...

These look delicious! I'm definitely trying these soon. The photograph is beautiful, too :) I can never light food properly so it looks either washed out or dark and scary. This photo looks cool and refreshing and tasty!

delicieux said...

These look delicious.

Ino said...

I love olive oil cakes since that's how my mum makes them when she's trying to be healthy- sure you don't get the same buttery texture but they are really fragrant. Can't wait to try your recipe!

Daytodayteenager said...

Mm. These muffins are so tasty.
I just made some for my family and our only complaint is that there is so little. Only eight cupcakes.
They are light and fluffy with a very warm lemony flavour.
Definitely a new favourite in our family.
Thanks!

The Urban Baker said...

i really like the simplicity of your blog!