Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

This dairy-free cake is nutty with a subtle brightness of orange. A topping of candied walnuts adds a festive crunch.

Bottom of cake adapted from Bon Appetit.

Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 10
Active time:40 minutes
Total time:1 hour 40 minutes
Special equipment:9 inch spring formpan, baking sheet, silpat sheet
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: Hanukkah Dinner Party


  • For Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon zested orange peel
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing pan
  • For Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Powdered sugar


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease springform pan with olive oil.

  2. 2

    Place walnuts in food processor. Pulse until finely ground.

  3. 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together walnuts, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  4. 4

    In a large bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes.

  5. 5

    Add sugar to eggs and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes. Stir in walnut mixture.

  6. 6

    Add orange zest, orange juice, and olive oil and beat until combined.

  7. 7

    Pour batter into prepared springform pan and bake until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 1 hour.

  8. 8

    While cake is cooling, make topping. Line a baking sheet with silpat. Place sugar in a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium high heat. Cook sugar, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and light amber in color. Immediately add walnuts, and stir to combine.

  9. 9

    Pour walnuts onto prepared baking sheet, working quickly to spread them out. Sprinkle them immediately with coarse sea salt.

  10. 10

    To assemble: Dust top of cake with powdered sugar until evenly covered. Lightly break up any large chunks of walnuts and spread evenly over top of cake.

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