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Lemon Olive Oil Mini Cakes

Lemon Olive Oil Mini Cakes

This recipe is easy and delicious. The combination of tangy-sweet will convert even the non-dessert lover.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 12 mini cakes


For the Cakes:

  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/3 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsps Grated Lemon Zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme finely minced + plus sprigs for garnish

For the Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Fresh Strawberries for garnish


Prepare the cakes:

  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees.
  • Brush a 6- or 12-cup mini Bundt or muffin pan with the melted butter. Lightly dust with flour and shake out the excess.
  • Pulse the granulated sugar and lemon zest in a blender until combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, then gradually pour in the olive oil and milk, pulsing until emulsified into a thin batter, about 30 seconds. NOTE: Don't over-blend or the cakes will be too puffy.
  • Whisk 1 cup flour, the baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl.
  • Add to the blender in 2 batches, pulsing lightly until just combined; stop to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until the cakes just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and spring back when lightly touched, 28 to 30 minutes for a 6-cup Bundt pan and 22 to 25 minutes for a 12-cup Bundt or muffin pan.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the sides with a small knife and invert the cakes onto a rack.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze:

  • Whisk the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and butter until smooth, adding more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick.
  • Drizzle over the warm cakes and garnish with thyme sprigs and strawberries (or other seasonal berries).
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