Lemon-sage olive oil cake

23 Nov

This cake is remarkably polarizing.  My roommate pretty much hates it, while my officemate has said that it’s “my new favorite anything.”  The tangy bits of lemon zest play well with the super moist, slightly peppery/savory olive oil flavor, and the sage ties it all together.  Definitely not your typical over-sweet hyper-decadent cake, but I love it!  And it’s pretty easy to put together (though I still don’t have much zest for zesting).  Also it’s better if you leave it for a day or two, a la fruitcake.

I spent a while saying 'ah love' and 'i love' and 'ah live' and couldn't come up with a pun.  I guess OLIVE with that.

I spent a while saying ‘ah love’ and ‘i love’ and ‘ah live’ and couldn’t come up with a pun. I guess OLIVE with that.

You’re supposed to use a springform pan, and parchment paper, and greasing with this cake, but I have only the last of those three things.  So I greased a cake pan with a generous pour of olive oil, and got to work on the wet ingredients: sugar, yogurt, olive oil, and eggs.

Once a dude had this problem where he accidentally crossed all his 'l's so people thought they were 't's.  He even did this when typing.  So he didn't have much luck with online dating, as he thought he was saying hey to some fine lookin' young ladies and they thought he just kept saying "YO GURT' at them.

Once a dude had this problem where he accidentally crossed all his ‘l’s so people thought they were ‘t’s. He even did this when typing. So he didn’t have much luck with online dating, as he thought he was saying hey to some fine lookin’ young ladies and they thought he just kept saying “YO GURT’ at them.  Boy thinks I should get rid of this caption.

Oil oil, toil and trouble...

Oil oil, toil and trouble…

Hand burn and egg yolks bubble!  Wouldn't it have been so great if the witches in Macbeth ended up baking a cake and giving it to everyone alive at the end?  Knowing them though, everyone would've immediately died.

Hand burn and egg yolks bubble! Wouldn’t it have been so great if the witches in Macbeth ended up baking a cake and giving it to everyone alive at the end? Knowing them though, everyone would’ve immediately died.

You also get to make lemon flour!  Zest your lemon directly into the flour.  I think the more zest the better- about two lemons worth is very nice.  Don’t forget baking powder.

Sometimes I just get bowled over by how grate lemons are!

Sometimes I just get bowled over by how grate lemons are!

 

DON'T LOOK WE'RE NAKED!

DON’T LOOK WE’RE NAKED!  Maybe that’s why pink lemonade is that way: they zest the lemons, so they blush.  Definitely the reason, Yen.

Then “finely” chop up your sage.  I say “finely” because I’m not very good at cutting things up but one day I will take a knife skills course at Kendall, really!

I'm not sure how wise it is to leave such big pieces here.  Oh well, it's still sage!

I’m not sure how wise it is to leave such big pieces here. Oh well, it’s still sage!

Mix your sage into your wet ingredients, and then mix in the dry ingredients.  Pour into your pan and bake!

Mmm is an entire cake a good sized POURtion?

Mmm is an entire cake a good sized POURtion?

Bake that sucker until a toothpick comes out clean (maybe 25 minutes, maybe more).  I took a picture of my toothpick test, then put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

If a toothpick falls in a cake, does anyone choke on it?  Yes, probably.

If a toothpick falls in a cake, does anyone choke on it? Yes, probably.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to this test: there shouldn't be more than like 3 crumbs attached to the pick, at most.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to this test: there shouldn’t be more than like 3 crumbs attached to the pick, at most.

These next two steps are what make this cake SO GREAT.  Squeeze the juice of a lemon and a half into a bowl, and add 1/4 c powdered sugar, whisk that syrup so well.  It’ll be pretty lemony.  Then prick your cake all over with a fork…

It can be forkin' hard to come up with so many puns/to not break a cake when poking it

It can be forkin’ hard to come up with so many puns/to not break a cake when poking it

And use a spoon to carefully spread the syrup all over the cake.

If Tom Cruise was in my kitchen we'd definitely be dancing around in button up shirts and socks, and then I'd set him to this whisky business

If Tom Cruise was in my kitchen we’d definitely be dancing around in button up shirts and socks, and then I’d set him to this whisky business

You can try to put the syrup onto the cake by bending the spoon with your mind... or you can just spoon it on

You can try to put the syrup onto the cake by bending the spoon with your mind… or you can just spoon it on

Then (this is hard) you have to walk away from the cake.  If you put on the icing too early, it’ll melt into nothingness as happened with my second attempt at the cake.  So leave it for like half an hour, go play candy crush and lose all your lives or something.  Then come back and ice it!  Squeeze the remaining half lemon of juice into a bowl with much more powdered sugar, and go wild!

My bathroom is right next to my kitchen, so if Miley were here if she was waiting in line for it I'd suggest she help me with this white powder instead

My bathroom is right next to my kitchen, so if Miley were here if she was waiting in line for it I’d suggest she help me with this white powder instead

Looks like play-doh, but it's more like yay-doh!  yay delicious icing i mean.

Looks like play-doh, but it’s more like yay-doh! yay delicious icing i mean.

Ice it, and cut a piece and give it to your mom for first taste.  If she’s anything like my mom she’ll love it.

Sometimes I'm so happy I just think man, I sing of this cake!

Sometimes I’m so happy I just think man, I sing of this cake!

Go ahead, take the (w)edge off with a piece of cake

Go ahead, take the (w)edge off with a piece of cake

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Lemon-olive oil sage cake, from Blue Kitchen

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt
2 lemons

1/2 cup plain yogurt (full fat!  Do it!)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh sage

1 c powdered sugar

First, oil your pan- if you have a springform, do your springform thing.  If you’re like me, just throw a gob of olive oil in your pan and smoosh it around.  Preheat oven to 350 (that’s how fast this cake comes together, I’m telling you to preheat now).

Next: mix the yogurt, sugar, eggs, oil, and chopped sage.

Then: zest the lemons into the flour and mix well with the baking powder.

Mix the two bowls of stuff, and bake for 25 minutes.  Check with a toothpick.  Mine took 30 minutes.  Let cool (about 10 minutes)

Mix juice of 1.5 lemons and 1/4 c powdered sugar.  Prick cake all over with a fork, then spoon the syrup slowly over it.  Try to get everywhere.  It’s so good.

Wait.  Go do something else.  At least half an hour.

Mix the remaining .5 lemon’s worth of juice with 3/4 c powdered sugar.  Really squeeze those lemons to get the last few drops if your icing is too thick.  Ice the cake.  Eat the cake.  It’s not a lie.

 

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3 Responses to “Lemon-sage olive oil cake”

  1. EfficientAsianMan November 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    My favorite captions are the really convoluted and contrived ones like the “Yo gurt” one.

    • yenergy November 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Thank you! Mark and Margaret often laugh at me as I say words aloud over and over again trying to pun for this blog. These captions are the result of that.

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