Bake these Olive Oil Desserts and Take a Break From Butter

Good extra virgin olive oil is an underrated secret ingredient, especially when it comes to desserts. It adds a nuanced flavor to sweet treats, keeps cakes moist, and adds a luscious crumbly texture to crumbles. Some dessert recipes will call specifically for extra virgin olive oil, but you can also substitute olive oil in recipes … Read more

An Olive Oil Lemon Poppyseed Cake That Doesn’t Use Three Sticks of Butter

Food blogger Jessie Oleson Moore created the loaf cake featured here by substituting lemon for blood oranges. She likes poppyseeds, too, so added them. “DEAR GOD was this thing good,” she exclaims on her wonderful blog, CakeSpy.com. The cake is finished with a lemon almond glaze. (Click here to see the recipe.)   Poppyseed Cake … Read more

A “Grown-Up” Chocolate Birthday Cake From the Folks At Food52.com

A woman named Midge – a member of the fabulous Food52  online community – created the chocolate olive oil cake featured here by accident. It was for her mom. But Midge didn’t have any vegetable oil, which the original recipe called for. “So, hello olive oil substitute!” she recalls. (Click here to see the recipe.) … Read more

Pastry Chef Bill Yosses’ Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

Bill Yosses is busy preparing for the holidays. The highly esteemed pastry chef recently completed a 350-pound replica of the White House made of ginger bread and covered in white chocolate. He’s also been readying desserts for about 20 parties between now and Christmas. They include fruit poached in hibiscus as well as bûches de … Read more

Mother’s Day Menu: Steak w/ Chimichurri & Almond Cake

I’m headed to the East Coast for business.  While I’m there I’m hoping to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. With next Sunday in mind, we’ve put together a do-it-yourself menu that’s easy enough to prepare for the mom in your life. Or maybe the cook in your life needs a nudge and some ideas … Read more


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