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Tender Greens' citrus olive oil cake

Tender Greens' citrus olive oil cake
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: Everything at Tender Greens is so good ... and the L.A. Times already provided us with the recipe for my favorite salad from there, the Happy Vegan. But I just can't deal with the extreme yumminess of their smooth, earthy, decadent orange olive oil cake. Please, oh please, ask them to share the recipe.

Christine Abraham

Pacific Palisades

Dear Christine: Tender Greens was happy to share its recipe for these moist and tender little cakes, not too sweet and bright with citrus flavor.

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Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time | Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes
Note: Adapted from Tender Greens pastry chef Annette Picha. This cake will taste even better the next day, as the zest infuses further into the moist cake.
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • About 1 1/2 cups (11 ounces) sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup good quality olive oil
  • Zest of 2 oranges, or citrus fruits of your choice, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins.

Step 2In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar together until pale and thick, about 4 minutes.

Step 3In a separate bowl, combine the milk, olive oil and citrus zest. With the mixer running, slowly add to the egg mixture, scraping the bowl down once while mixing to make sure all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Step 4In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Over low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, scraping down the bowl once again while mixing to make sure the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 5Spoon the batter into the lightly greased muffin tins, filling each cup about three-fourths of the way full. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 24 minutes, rotating the muffin tins halfway through baking for even heating.

Step 6Cool the cakes completely, then dust lightly with powdered sugar and sprinkle over extra citrus zest before serving.

Each of 18 servings:
Calories 241; Protein 4 grams; Carbohydrates 26 grams; Fiber 0; Fat 14 grams; Saturated fat 2 grams; Cholesterol 63 mg; Sugar 18 grams; Sodium 87 mg.
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