Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Today is my husband’s birthday. We had a couple friends over to celebrate this past weekend and I, of course, had to make him a birthday cake. But… birthday cakes in our house never tend to be traditional. If you can put a candle in it, it’s a “birthday cake”. Well, you can certainly put a candle in this pound cake! We found it to be moist and delicious, plus it came from a new favorite cookbook of mine — “The New American Olive Oil” by Fran Gage. What’s different about this pound cake is that instead of butter, you use olive oil. It gave the cake a finer texture which really worked out nicely.
This cake is good plain, as well as drizzled with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar!
Pound Cake with Candied Lemon Zest — modified from The New American Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
Stir the vanilla and lemon juice in with the buttermilk and set aside.
Beat the olive oil and sugar on medium speed with the paddle attachment of a stand mixture, or medium speed with a hand mixer. Combine until slightly fluffy, scrapping the sides. Note that the mixture will not be as airy as it is with a beaten butter-sugar mixture.
Break the eggs in a small bowl and beat them lightly with a fork. With the mixture running, drizzle the eggs into the oil-sugar mixture a little at a time until it is all incorporated.
Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Start and end with the flour mixture.
Beat the lemon peel into the batter until just combined.
Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Line the inside of the pan with parchment paper. (This allows for easy removal of the cooked pound cake without any mess or breakage).
Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until puffed and browned (and the toothpick test comes out clean).
Remove cake from oven and let sit on a cooling rack for five minutes before removing from the pan.
If desired top with extra Candied Lemon Zest and serve with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar.
Delicious! Happy birthday to your husband.
Thanks! Appreciate that and I’ll pass your birthday wishes on to him.
Wow, this pound cake looks fantastic! I am in the same birthday cake boat–I’ve been known to stick candles in tarts and soft cookies in order to serve someone’s favorite dessert in a celebratory way. I’m sure this treat made the occasion even more special!
Thanks! Yeah, I’ve put candles in everything to cakes, pies, appetizers, full meals… lol. 🙂
Happy Birthday to the husband! I love olive oil cakes and pound cake is one of my favorite cakes. Simple and delicious!
Thanks so much! And I’ll pass along the birthday wishes!
Thanks for stopping by!
I love that your birthday cakes aren’t the traditional kind – how fun! Happy birthday to your husband. 🙂
Thanks Leah! And thanks for the birthday wishes — I will let him know 🙂
This sounds very unique! Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar? I have never done this before.
Thanks. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar is delicious. Has a great chocolatey flavor and is perfect on desserts such as this, as well as plain vanilla ice cream!
This looks and sounds so yummy. Geat for spring and summer.
Thanks Cynthia! 🙂
ciao! thanks; will make this recipe.
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
Interesting. I often secretly use olive oil for cooking. I am asking myself now “why is it a secret?” I have never heard of that vinegar and will try it. I love anything lemon and that cake looks great. Happy birthday to your husband.
Thanks! You’re right — no need to keep it a secret 🙂
The vinegar is great! Very tasty and the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
Thanks, I’ll pass on the birthday wishes!
This sounds amazing, I love lemon, on my to try list 🙂
Thanks! I really think you’ll enjoy it — great texture and flavor 🙂
This looks amazing!
Happy birthday to your hubby! This type of cake goes a lot further than one with a bunch of icing. Pitnerest, here I come!
Thanks Thea! And thanks for pinning!! 🙂
This is the kind of simple cake I really love. Can I have one for my birthday too? 🙂
Hehe, I’ll see what I can do Danny — though it might get stale on the trip over 😉
Thanks Kenley, I have had lemon thoughts lately, some kind of lemon dessert and was thinking I need to do something with lemons for garnish, this candied lemon peel will be perfect!
I really think you’ll enjoy it, Jenna!
Happy Hubby Birthday! And what a gorgeously delicious cake!! I love lemon and pound cake. Looks stunning 🙂
Thanks for the birthday wishes — I will let my husband know 🙂
And so glad you like the cake 🙂
There’s something called Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar?! Stop the presses.
Hope your hubby had a very happy birthday. Although, how could he NOT with a yummy lookin’ cake like that? Lovely work, Kenley.
There sure is!! And it is DE.LIC.IOUS! Great on desserts like this one…as well as just plain vanilla ice cream!
Thanks for the birthday wishes…I will pass them on to him!
I think the buttermilk makes it extra-tasty.
Thanks! And I think the lemon did a great job too. 😉
Great to replace butter with olive oil in this cake!I try to use vegetable instead of butter as much as I can,but never tried in cake.I could follow this recipe for my first try!
It really worked well and I think you’ll like it. I would be cautious of using vegetable oil instead of olive oil in this though. The extra virgin olive oil gives a very specific flavor, quite different from vegetable oil. 🙂