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“I’ve been baking this cake for as long as I can remember,” says Thalia. “It’s the simplest—yet most impressive and rewarding—recipe I know. I can’t remember how it came about, where or when, but it’s gone through many renditions in its life, depending on the season, my mood, and who I’m serving it to. Sometimes I’ll make the cake with a little hazelnut, other times with pears, and I’ve even switched it up and used brown butter instead of olive oil. But this version is my all-time favorite. With its layer of buttery, cinnamon-scented apples, soft and tender nutty crumb, and final flourish of powdered sugar, it’s heavenly.”
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Apple, Almond, and Olive Oil Cake
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
For the apples, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- Seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large baking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
For the cake, you will need:
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup olive oil
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest from ½ small orange
- 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
- Powdered sugar, for serving
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line a 9-inch cake pan with non-stick parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 2: Place the butter, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium skillet. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add in the apples. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples have softened and the sugar has reduced into a thick caramelized mixture, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Step 3: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until evenly distributed.
Step 4: In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar and olive oil. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the yogurt, vanilla, and orange zest. Whisk in the dry ingredients until smooth and well combined.
Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Lay the apples over the top, then scatter the flaked almonds around the edges.
Step 6: Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and risen. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool in its pan for 15 minutes before carefully transferring it onto a wire rack to cool further. Serve warm or at room temperature with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
Valerie Rains is a writer and editor at Etsy.