Can I Make Olive Oil Cake Without Citrus?

Can I Make Olive Oil Cake Without Citrus?

Anjali Prasertong
Mar 27, 2013

Q: I am having a dinner party for a friend this weekend who has requested an olive oil cake, but who cannot have lemon or orange juice. Is there a way to make this recipe without citrus? What is the purpose of citrus in an olive oil cake recipe?

Sent by Janelle

Editor: Janelle, the olive oil cakes I have made use citrus zest or juice to flavor the cake. You could try another flavor in place of lemon or orange, such as vanilla or almond extract. Here are a few more flavoring ideas:

Readers, have you also found that citrus is used simply for flavoring in olive oil cake recipes? What would you recommend adding in place of lemon or orange?

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