New Obsession: Olive Oil, Rye and Stone Fruit Cake

Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini's Gâteau de Mamy à la Poire, this cake is my fanaticism. I have made three in the past three days. It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and tastes like good quality cake. Delicious cake. The recipe is a dream to remember and acts for like a framework from which theme and variation can play.

I vary the stone fruit/fruit and fats involved in this cake depending on supply. The first was a simple pear and butter cake. Next, a fairtime peach, olive oil and rye flour cake. Next a strawberry, olive oil, and rye muffins.

I am so positively floured up on this cake, I may try sweet corn, brown butter, and polenta next.

In a standing mixer, beat 2 eggs and 1/2 c sugar on high for 3 minutes until white and creamy. Throw in 1/2 c flour (all purpose, rye, or even cornmeal), a handful of nuts ground down to a coarse meal (walnuts, almonds, macadamias etc), 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder into the mixer and whip on high for 2 minutes. Add 1/2c of liquid fat (melted butter, olive oil, or melted lard) to the mixer and beat for 2 more minutes.

Cut up you fruit and lay it at the bottom of a greased 6 or 8 inch pan (enough to cover the bottom of the pan and then some - 3 pears, 2 medium peaches, or 1 pint of strawberries). Pour the batter on top of the fruit. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 45 minutes.

Eat perfection.


  1. can i do this without a standing or hand mixer? by hand?

  2. haha - no, you can use a hand mixer.

    by hand may be a bit hard bc you really wanna beat those eggs into a like opaque fervor which may not be achievable through hand mixing - unless you are a bionic whisker! ;)

  3. Delicious choice of flavor katie.

  4. I did it do it by hand after all! I whisked for 4 minutes until it looked white and creamy.
    I used 1 plum, 1 bosc, 1 bartlett. All rye. Half pecans and half walnuts.

    SO Delicious.

    Thanks for a great simple recipe!

  5. wooooo!

    Don't you love how you can do whatever you want (add/substitute/replace) and you can get great things every time?

    I just did a grape and fig one with olive oil and black pepper!

    Glad you liked it.

  6. "Add 1/2 of liquid fat..." I'm assuming it's 1/2 cup?

  7. "Add 1/2 of liquid fat "

    Yes...please tell us!

    I do not have a mixer either! :-(
    I have one of those "wand type" Braun hand mixers...will that work?

  8. Love this recipe! I saved it as "Fat-Flour-Fruit Cake Recipe.

  9. Wow, this looks fabulous. Fast and delicious-just my kind of cake. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Simple, delicious, adaptable to variations -- sounds like a winner to me!!

  11. might even be easy enough for us to try... can breastmilk count as the liquid fat? meanwhile, we miss you and are currently plotting your trip out here. keep your next few weekends free!

  12. sounds like Anarchy Cake from Best American Recipes - add teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and see what happens....

  13. Thank you great article : Extra Virgin Olive Oil


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