Orange Black Pepper and Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake

This egg-free, spiced whole wheat cake is flavored with orange and black pepper.

adapted from Gina de Palma

Orange Black Pepper and Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 10
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:55 minutes
This recipe appears in: Wake and Bake: Orange Black Pepper and Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Blossom honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan with olive oil.

  2. 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, beat together olive oil and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in honey and lemon juice. Beat in orange and lemon zest.

  4. 4

    Add flour mixture to the bowl and beat until just combined. Beat in orange juice.

  5. 5

    Pour batter into prepared cake pan and smooth evenly. Bake until dry on top and a cake tester comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

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