orange cornmeal cake

14 Jun

My husband’s birthday cake request shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows him….an orange cornmeal cake.  It’s a substantial cake with a subtle fruity taste.  Definitely use a good extra virgin olive oil.  The recipe comes from Everyday Food’s Fresh Flavor Fast Cookbook.

I used Vanilla Bean Sugar from FlavorStorm as the topping sugar.  The sugar becomes a delicious crust, so no frosting is needed.  We serve it with oranges.

Orange Cornmeal Cake

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, medium grind
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • zest of one orange, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for topping
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or orange juice)
  • orange segments for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 8 inch round cake pan with non-stick spray.  Line the bottom with parchment paper (put the pan on the paper, draw a circle with a pencil around the bottom and cut it out).  Spray again with non-stick spray.

Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and orange zest in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Whisk together eggs, oil, wine and 1 cup sugar until smooth.  Add flour mixture and combine gently.

Pour batter into pan.  Sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1/3 cup sugar (it should be a thick layer).  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool 20 minutes.  Run a knife along the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan.  Gently invert onto a plate, remove parchment paper, and then reinvert cake onto serving platter.  Serves 12.

Serve with sectioned orange segments.

Using the Weight Watcher Recipe Builder, each serving is 7 pts+ (using the wine, not the orange juice, to calculate).


Posted by on June 14, 2011 in baking, desserts, points plus


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2 responses to “orange cornmeal cake

  1. Marc

    June 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I love this cake. It’s a similar texture to coffee cake. It is not overly sweet, but when served with sectioned oranges it’s terrific. And I didn’t have a second thought about finishing off the last piece the following morning with some coffee!

  2. Beth

    June 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This will be our Father’s Day dessert. The cake is super easy to make and tastes delicious.


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