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Walnut-Olive-Oil Cake

  • servings: 10

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Italian walnut liqueur, such as Nocello
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves, toasted and finely chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Creme fraiche, for serving
  • Apple Compote, for serving
  • Candied Walnuts, for serving

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-inch round cake pan; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Put eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on high speed until light in color, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add granulated sugar; beat until mixture is pale and thick, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low; mix in oil and liqueur. Lightly fold in flour mixture in 3 batches using a rubber spatula. Fold in toasted walnuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  2. Step 2

    Bake cake until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Turn out cake onto rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with creme fraiche, apple compote, and candied walnuts.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2005