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Active time
45 minutes
Total time
2 hours
Yield
10 Servings
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Ingredients

For the cake:

¾ cup white whole wheat flour

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup sour milk (can substitute buttermilk)

¼ cup warm water

2 large lemons, zest and juice

2 eggs

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

½ cup cream cheese

¾ cup icing sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Optional garnish: Glazed lemon slices

1 lemon, thinly sliced

¾ cup sugar

Instructions
  1. Let the sour milk and eggs come to room temperature and preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. For the frosting, mix the cream cheese with the icing sugar and and place it in the refrigerator. 
  3. Optional: To make glazed lemon slices, combine the sugar with ¾ cup water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring 3 to 4 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon slices and simmer 5 minutes until tender and translucent. Drain and let cool completely on a rack before placing on the cake.
  4. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and zest from the two lemons.
  5. Gradually whisk in the sour milk, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Finally, add the olive oil and the warm water.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the cake pan and bake for 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake from the pan and leave it to cool down on a rack.
  7. While the cake cools, take the prepared cream cheese mixture out of the refrigerator and add the olive oil and lemon zest. Stir well or blend with a hand mixer. Frost the cake and top with glazed lemon slices, if using.

Recipe and photo courtesy of GAEA


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