Almond Olive Oil Cake with Brown Butter Glaze
This one layer almond olive oil cake is moist, flavorfu, and topped with a brown butter glaze and sliced almonds. Light, simple to make, and elegant for any occasion.
I know this is totally off topic–and has absolutely nothing to do with cake (other than the fact that they are both soft, fluffy, and absolutely necessary in life)–but I bought a mattress yesterday!
And by yesterday, I really mean today (because that is when I wrote this)–and by today, I mean less than two hours ago.
I’ll shut up now.
I’m not exaggerating though. Connor and I finished eating dinner last night, and spontaneously decided to drive to our local mattress place and test out new beds. Normal, right? [Said no one.]
Our current bed is roughly 100 years old–and we’ve been only complaining about it for a year. Possibly longer. So I think we sufficiently thought the decision through. It was my very first mattress purchase. It sort of felt like a life milestone.
But seriously. Buying a mattress is weird. You go into a massive room full of beds, walk around in circles, lie down repeatedly, and pretend to sleep on demand. Not to mention the fact that you also suddenly analyze your sleeping behavior (are you a side, back, or stomach sleeper?) like never before.
Weird, I tell you.
And just when you’re content with your choice, you’re suckered into something else. Like mattress covers and new pillows.
We were total suckers.
In my mind though, those little extras are sort of the equivalent of icing on a cake. Sure, you could just eat plain cake. But it is the whole package that seals the deal.
And that is exactly what this cake is about.
This dessert is just as much about the moist, flavorful almond olive oil cake as it is about the brown butter glaze, and sliced almond topping. It is light, simple to make, and elegant for any occasion.
Almond Olive Oil Cake with Brown Butter Glaze
Almond Olive Oil Cake:
- 1 cup (120 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (60 g) almond flour/meal
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (120 mL) extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup (120 mL) orange juice or milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
- zest 1 orange
Brown Butter Glaze:
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar sifted
- 3 tablespoons (45 mL) whole milk
- fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup (35 g) sliced almonds toasted and cooled
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) with a rack in the center position. Grease and lightly flour an 8-inch cake pan. Set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar aggressively for 30 to 45 seconds or until frothy. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking continuously with your other hand to combine them evenly. Add the orange juice (or milk, if substituting), vanilla extract, almond extract, and zest. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet ingredients, whisking until just combined. Scrape down the bottom of the bowl to ensure all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly.
- Transfer the batter to the greased cake pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes mostly clean, with some moist crumbs attached.
- Allow cake to cool in the pan on rack for 10 minutes before removing. Let the cake cool completely on a rack.
- Prepare Brown Butter Glaze: Heat the butter in a small saucepan or sauté pan over medium heat. Continue to cook the butter, stirring constantly with a spatula, until it is golden brown in color. Remove from the heat immediately - it will continue to darken off the heat. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar and milk. Add the cooled brown butter and a few drops of fresh lemon juice, to taste. Stir in the toasted, sliced almonds.
- Place the cooled cake on a rack over a sheet of wax paper for easy clean up. Pour and spread the glaze evenly on top of the cake, allowing it to drizzle over the sides. Allow the glaze to set before serving.
52 Comments on “Almond Olive Oil Cake with Brown Butter Glaze”
Great cake. It was recommended to me by a colleague who is a culinary talent. I’ve made this recipe several times now – twice with blanched sliced almonds and this time, with whole roasted almonds. I ground almond flour from the roasted almonds.
For the topping, I made the butter sauce and added the found almonds at the last minute.
Perfect. 5 star recipe. Tasty, moist and full of almond flavor.
I made this with vegan eggs and vegan milk — It turned out beautifully!
So happy to hear that!
I have made and love this cake. I have an anti-gluten friend, could almond flour be subbed for the all purpose flour?
Unfortunately, I haven’t tested the cake with 100% almond flour, but the flour definitely contributes to the structure (gluten). I would say the best alternative would be a 1:1 gluten free flour blend. Bob’s Red Mill or Cup4Cup sells great ones!
I made this and I must say it was very dry. This is the best recipe I’ve found: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cat-cora/olive-oil-cake-ladi-tourta-recipe.html
I’m really sorry to hear that Cathrin! I haven’t experienced that myself with this cake. Did you make any substitutions?
Now that’s just outstanding! I’m having trouble deciding whether to share the other half, or just eat it myself. Thanks for another delicious recipe!
Haha!! 🙂 Thank you so much Barbara!
A new mattress is the best feeling ever!! And I’m pretty sure this cake is just as delicious as a good nights’ sleep and this cake looks might divine!
This looks delicious!! I love its simplicity and elegance (as you said). And since it’s made with olive oil, I’m sure my boyfriend will justify eating a second piece by saying that the olive oil makes this cake a health food!
Wait, that’s not true?!?! Haha! 🙂
The.Boy has been complaining about our mattress for an absurd amount of time, so I really think we’re overdue for a new one. Yay for doing real life things!! It is quite exciting. 🙂
I want to lick all that icing off that cake. And then bathe in it.
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I need a new mattress too but it’s too much pressure not to mention kinda gross to lie down where hundreds of other people have, so instead I’ll just make this cake.
This thought definitely crossed my mind. HAHA!
I’m so happy to have discovered your blog… So nice to discover a fellow DC-based blogger! This cake looks amazing! Looking forward to following your culinary adventures..
Thanks so much!! So glad you’re here! Love meeting fellow DC bloggers!
Omg I need a new mattress so bad! I’ve been griping about my stiff back for months now. The mattress is old and lumpy, but I think being on my feet all day doesn’t help matters, so I’m going to start with a pair of Dansko clogs and see how that goes first, since they are like a tenth of the cost of a new mattress! PS- I’m totally dying over this cake; I’ve been wanting to make an olive oil cake forever, and brown butter glaze is just genius! Pinning 😉
Ours was definitely old and lumpy too (a hand me down from when my sister moved across country four years ago). Danskos might be help! 😉 But you should definitely consider getting a new mattress! Expensive, but ours is supposed to last more than 20 years, so it is worth it.
I enjoyed this post as we’re moving soon and will be hunting for a new mattress ourselves soon enough. Any tips? 😉
Love the cake … the top picture really grabbed my attention.
Hmmm…we literally just walked around the store and sat on all the beds. Although the lady said that you should get a soft (pillow top) if you are a side sleeper and a firmer mattress if you sleep on your back 🙂 Thanks Helen!
A fluffy new mattress and this cake? Wow, what a week for you! I love this kind of European style cake, so elegant, and I am crazy for almond in any form. Pinned!
I know, right?! Haha! Thanks Sue!
Such a beautiful cake and love the glaze and toasted almonds. Would love a piece right about now 🙂
Thanks Jennifer! The glaze might have been my favorite part…maybe.
Averie took the words right out of my mouth – that first picture is stunning!!! absolutely love everything abt this girrrl!
Thanks Christine! My camera has been acting up lately (and driving me nuts), so it actually means a lot that you say that! Hope you are having a great weekend!
What a stunning cake! Want to drink the glaze! pinned
Me toooo! Thanks Averie!
That glaze sounds and looks amazing!! This cake is Heavenly indeed..
Thanks so much Erika!
That glaaaaaaze! I want to swim in it!
Oh my gosh, that would be amazing.
I saw that on Instagram! Congrats on the purchase!! We just bought a new mattress last year and it has changed our lives…dramatically. It makes such a difference. It pretty much makes everything better. Now to the cake…wowza! This looks just perfect, and stunning photos as always Laura.
HA! Thanks Todd! I’m hoping it makes everything better! Between planning a wedding in the next year, working on a billion other things, and potentially moving, I could use some good sleep 🙂 Thank you so much!
This cake sounds absolutely divine! I love brown butter glaze on top- very nice touch! 🙂
Thanks so much Jessica!
I love a good mattress and it totally helps with a good night of sleep. Now on to this lovely cake. This would be perfect for Mother’s Day.
How did I completely forget about Mother’s Day when I wrote this post? Haha! Yes, you are so right.
Brown butter glaze…YUM! Pinned.
Thanks for sharing Liz!
This cake sounds (and looks!) fantastic, and congrats on your new mattress purchase! I feel like I’m hitting lots of adult milestones myself lately, and it’s both exciting and scary all at once.
The mattress is definitely exciting! It’s the price tag part thats not so fun 😉
I remember when I moved into my first “grown up” apartment and bought a new mattress. I seriously loved that thing soooo much! I got out of bed every morning thinking about how much I couldn’t wait to get back in that bed at night.
Equally as dreamy….a cake that involves almonds and brown butter! I loooove all things almond!
LOL! I was thinking that all of yesterday before it arrived. And now, I feel like crawling back into it all day (which I need to resist since I have a lot to do!). Thanks Kelli!
I remember when my parents took me and my siblings mattres shopping – who knew therewere two hundred sixty million different matteresses to try out? I just want to sleep, ok! 🙂 And I just want this entire cake to myself. Sound good? Good. 🙂
YES!! How in the world can so many mattresses exist?! It is bizarre. Believe it or not, they all felt different though, so maybe they are onto something. Thanks so much Mary Frances!
Picking out a new mattress was probably one of the COMFIEST EXPERIENCES EVER. After Thom and I got ours we would literally sleep for 12-14 hours at a time. It was insane how relaxed we could get in our new bed and only confirmed the fact that we slept on a super uncomfortable mattress for far too long. Enjoy your new bed, lady! And this cake.
It is probably the best purchasing experience ever. I totally agree. You just get to lie down repeatedly on comfortable beds. Oh my gosh! I haven’t slept that long in forever! Need to get on that. Thanks Ashlae!!!
Congrats on the new mattress! Sounds comfy! 🙂
Love this cake and it’s awesome light and springy texture. I have yet to try an olive oil cake, but I think it is time!
Comfy, indeed 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!