A simple delicious harvest cake to make this weekend! I wish I could share it with Mary Ann and Cindy while we discuss our favorites of the week! This is definitely one of my favorites this week!
Last weekend we stayed home due to the tropical storm that never really materialized in our area, thank goodness since we are just a few houses from the water, but it gave us a day to cook together leisurely, which is kind of nice. We had some Thomcord grapes that I bought from Trader Joe’s, they are so pretty. When I searched for a recipe, I found an Italian Grape Harvest Cake and I had almost everything I needed in the panty. Thank goodness, because everything was closed for Henri!
This is sort of an olive oil cake, but the addition of the grapes makes it so special. I did substitute orange essential oil for fresh orange zest because we did not have an orange and I love the taste of orange. The substitution was perfect with just a hint of orange! I used about 15 drops.Print
Grape Harvest Cake
This is the perfect cake to serve for a casual, rustic lunch or dinner in the autumn.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 6–8 1x
- Category: cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Orange zest from one orange or substitute with 15 drops of orange essential oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 cups seedless Thomcord grapes (divided)
- Powdered Sugar for dusting the cake after it has cooled
- Preheat oven to 350º
- Grease and flour a 9” tart pan with a removable bottom
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar until a pale yellow (about 3 minutes)
- Mix in the olive oil, milk, vanilla, orange zest, or orange essential oil and blend until incorporated.
- Switch to the paddle attachment and mix in flour until combined.
- Fold in one cup of the grapes to the batter and transfer to the prepared tart pan.
- Scatter the remaining grapes on top and sprinkle the thyme leaves.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. The cake will be a golden brown.
- Allow cake to cool and transfer to a cake stand. Dust with powdered sugar and fresh thyme.
Keywords: cake, olive oil cake, fall baking, Italian cake, rustic cake
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