Almond Olive Oil Cake With Brown Butter Glaze

Think of this Almond Olive Oil Cake like you would that little black dress in your closet. Dress it up or dress it down and it can go anywhere. Who needs  to serve a many layered cake thick with icing after a big meal, your guests will probably say “just give me a sliver”. This almond cake, on the over hand, is perfect to serve your guests even after a big Italian meal. I know because not one of my guests has turned down a big slice. They even say “yes, please” to a scoop of vanilla bean gelato on the side.

This moist and delicious cake with its touch of citrus is terrific without the toasted almonds and the brown butter glaze topping but don’t skip it. The topping adds a wonderful texture and flavor to the cake just as your favorite necklace is the finishing touch on your little black dress. The cake is not complicated to make and is a real crowd pleaser. To me, it makes the perfect ending to any meal you serve to family or friends…not too fancy but memorable.

Almond Olive Oil Cake With A Brown Butter Glaze

Almond Olive Oil Cake With Brown Butter Glaze

Almond Olive Oil Cake

Preheat the over to 350 degrees

  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil (extra virgin but not one that is too peppery)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon or from 1/4 of an orange
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier or other orange liquor (optional)

Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt until thoroughly combined. Crack the eggs into another mixing bowl and whisk lightly to break the yolks. Add the sugar to the bowl and whisk it in thoroughly for about 30 seconds. Add the olive oil and whisk until the mixture is a little lighter in color and has thickened slightly, about 30 – 45 seconds. Whisk in the extracts, zest, orange juice and Grand Marnier, if using. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth and emulsified, about 30 seconds. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 30 – 45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to make sure it browns evenly. The cake is done when it begins to pull away from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on a rack. In the meantime, make the glaze.

Almond Brown Butter Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 c. confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/2 c. sliced, blanched almonds, toasted and cooled

Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. When the bubbles subside, lower heat and watch the butter carefully, swirling occasionally. When the butter begins to turn a light tan color and smells slightly nutty, remove from the heat and let sit. The butter will continue to darken as it sits. While the butter cools, sift the confectioner’s sugar into a medium bowl. Whisk in the milk until completely smooth then slowly whisk in the butter. Taste the glaze and add a few drops of lemon juice at a time to adjust the sweetness to your taste. Stir in the toasted almonds. While still on the cooling rack, spread the glaze over the top and let it drip down the sides. Let it sit until dry and completely set before slicing.


This cake was inspired by the wonderful pastry chef, Gina DePalma. She left our world much too young but not before sharing many of her wonderful Italian dessert recipes. You will see lots of adaptions of her wonderful recipes on the internet. I decided to share my version of her olive oil cake as I start my sixth year of blogging as a “thank you” to all of you who have been such faithful and loyal friends here at Back Road Journal. Once you try this tasty Italian dessert, you too may think of it as the “little black dress” among your dessert recipes. Take it to a picnic, a backyard BBQ, a pot luck supper, serve it to your friends at a Sunday brunch or even at a romantic dinner party. If you would like to dress it up a little, add a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of gelato or with some macerated fruit along side. It is a simple Italian dessert and yet it is oh so very delicious.

“Thank you” and come back to visit soon.

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236 Responses to Almond Olive Oil Cake With Brown Butter Glaze

  1. What a lovely cake and I like the ‘little black dress’ analogy 🙂 Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging, Karen. It’s always such a delight to see a new post from you in my inbox and I wish you many more years of happy blogging.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words Kay, you have usually been the first person to comment on my posts over the years. I’m glad you like the cake and the analogy…thank you!

  2. Jemma says:

    Sounds positively Delicious! I have discovered a new brand of Olive oil that I am wild about. I just bet it would be perfect for this recipe.

  3. I will definitely be making this just as soon as I get back from Nairobi in a couple of weeks. Fabulous!
    Have a super day Karen.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  4. John and Nancy says:

    Yes please indeed! It looks like a perfect pastry for a Tea Party with the ladies.

  5. Mad Dog says:

    That would go nicely with the lunchtime coffee I’m drinking. The recipe reminds me slightly of Tarta de Santiago from Galicia, which has it’s origins in Jewish Passover cake 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, You are right, this cake was be perfect with an afternoon coffee. The cake, if dusted with confectioner’s sugar, does remind me of the Tarta de Santiago, perhaps just a bit lighter because of a little flour in this one. You are always a wealth of information when it comes to food. 😀

  6. This looks absolutely delicious, Karen. I would love a large piece right now with my green tea. 🙂

  7. wow Karen, that topping has me drool terribly!

  8. This recipe looks delicious! I enjoy cakes made with almond flour. I made a wonderful Italian chocolate and almond cake a while ago (here’s a link to the recipe).

    Congratulations on six years of blogging, Karen. Here’s to many more. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Grace for your nice wish and compliment, the cake is delicious. I’ll have to try the chocolate version.

      • I made the cake yesterday, and I enjoyed it with some fresh strawberries for dessert last night. Then I had a slice with a cup of coffee this morning. 🙂

      • Karen says:

        Thank you Grace, for letting me know that you made and enjoyed the cake. You are the second reader to say that you had it with strawberries…a nice choice.

  9. What a delicious looking cake. Great flavors in the ingredients.

  10. kitchenriffs says:

    Happy 6th year of blogging! And this cake is definitely fitting for a celebration — looks wonderful, bet it tastes better. Like the fact it’s full of flavor without being over-the-top rich. Although I might opt for two slivers. 🙂

  11. Solo Journey says:

    Thank you! I was putting off making a plan for dessert tonight and this is so perfect. It’s very elegant indeed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Solo, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your lovely compliment. I hope you enjoyed the cake if you had a chance to make it.

  12. That looks very yummy.

  13. Kristie says:

    This looks delicious 😋

  14. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy Anniversary, the time does fly because we are having so much fun! I have longed to make an olive oil cake and your recipe might just be the push I needed but I’ll wait until the weekend so that we are not overly tempted to indulge during the week! I love the simplicity of the recipe and thanks for the tip about not using a too peppery olive oil, I imagine it could be a little overwhelming.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish Eva, I can’t believe that the time has passed by so quickly. This is a simple cake to make and one that I think you would enjoy, especially since you entertain so often.

  15. What a stunner of a cake! I love anything with almonds and I certainly would never turn down anything looking as gorgeous as that. I have never heard of almond flour, though, but I do use ground almonds on sponges and to make the shortcrust pastry for the traditional English mince pies at Christmas. In Galicia, north west Spain, we have the Torta de Santiago (St James’s Cake), which is an almond sponge with icing sugar sprinkled on top over a cross stencil, so that when you lift the stencil, the cross shape shows on the cake. Enjoy!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment Fatima. You are the second person to say that this cake is similar to the Torta de Santiago, it is indeed. As to the almond flour, it is just almonds that have been ground into a consistency like flour…I’m sure it is the same as what you have been using.

  16. ladyfi says:

    So utterly delicious!

  17. Norma Chang says:

    Congratulations on your 6 year blogging anniversary! I too will take a big, make that huge, slice of this delicious and beautiful looking cake.

  18. Couldn’t agree more Karen. I love oil based cakes as they take on flavours so well.

  19. Madonna says:

    Congratulations on your six years of blogging. I pinned this recipe. I love everything about it. I can’t wait to try the browned butter.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for the nice wish and pin Madonna, it is much appreciated. The brown butter glaze really makes this cake a standout…I’m sure you will love it.

  20. Darlene says:

    Just my kind of cake! Thanks so much and congrats on 6 years of blogging!!

  21. I love olive oil cakes. They are so moist, and the olive oil adds a unique flavor. Your version has raised it to a new level. It looks absolutely delicious. I would definitely ask for more than a sliver.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, I agree with you about how moist and delicious this cake is made with the olive oil. Yes, I don’t think a sliver would do…a nice big slice is more like it. 🙂

  22. Cathy says:

    Thank you Karen, I’ll have a big slice too please! Sounds and looks delicious, and ideal dressed up as a dessert too. Thanks for sharing another fabulous recipe idea, and congratulations on entering your sixth year of blogging! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words and wish Cathy, thank you. I wish we could share a slice with a cup of coffee while we looked out at your beautiful German garden.

  23. I just put this on my to do list 🙂

  24. intrepid8 says:

    This looks amazing!


  25. mjskit says:

    I’ve always wanted to make an olive oil cake, but just haven’t found one that caught my eye. Yours however, has!!! Being an almond lover in baked goods, I can only imagine how delicious this cake it. Plus, it’s just downright beautiful! I can see why no guest would turn it down.

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, I do believe that you would enjoy this olive oil cake, we all thought it was outstanding. Those toasted almonds combined with the brown butter glaze created a delicious topping. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  26. Rachel says:

    I’m putting this on my “yes, please!” list. Mmmmm!!

  27. cheri says:

    I love how you describe this cake as being the little black dress. My favorite time of the day to enjoy such a cake is usually in the morning. I bet the Grand Marnier adds even more wonderful flavor. This deliciousness is the perfect way to celebrate your 6th year, congrats to you!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, I’m glad you liked my description. This cake is a delicious basic cake but all dressed up with its brown butter topping, it becomes something extra special. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish. 🙂

  28. Such a lovely cake and so special from a friend. I’m sure she’s smiling as she takes a peek from heaven xo

  29. flavorsofthesun says:

    Another winner recipe, Karen. Thanks!

  30. Love this cake, With all these almonds ! look absolutely delicious !! Lovely recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gloria, I’m glad that you like the almond olive oil cake…thank you. I do know that you use a lot of almonds in your cooking so believe you would really enjoy this cake.

  31. This cake looks so refreshingly tasty!

  32. arlingwoman says:

    I’ll be making this! I love the flavor of olive oil in baked goods. Yum!

  33. Happy blogaversary Karen and what a great thank you! I love the look of the glaze 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice wish Tandy. I’m glad you like my “thank you” gift to my faithful readers such as yourself. The glaze really does make the cake extra special.

  34. barbaralilian says:

    Congratulations on your 6 yrs of blogging. What a wonderful recipe you have chosen to share with all your followers. Cakes have not been on my menu for a long time, but this one is certainly tempting, sounds as if it will be very moist, a must to try.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind wish and compliment Barbara. I think this is a dessert that might put cake back on your menu. Miss your blogging, I hope you are settling into a new home now and will share it with us soon.

  35. I love the way the glaze drips down the side and the cake looks lovely and moist. I don’t make too many cakes as I can’t resist them but I think my French neighbours would love this too.

  36. This cake is calling my name, hope to try it soon!!!😊

  37. Tricia Buice says:

    I’ve always wanted to try an olive oil cake and you’ve sold me! You dressed it up beautifully. Hope you had a nice long weekend and congratulations on 6 years!

  38. Thank you so much for this recipe. I had a delicious almond cake once and have never been able to duplicate the recipe. I will certainly make this. Sounds wonderful and looks very pretty too. Thanks also for your visit.

    • Karen says:

      It was my pleasure Bonnie. I hope this cake is as good as the almond cake you once had. I have a feeling you are going to love it. If you do make it, I’d love to know how it compared to the one you remember. 🙂

  39. wok with ray says:

    Congratulation on the sixth year of fun blogging. What a beautiful cake to celebrate it. 🙂

  40. done, won and yum!!!
    I picked up some fresh strawberries today and will serve with whipped cream and some sliced strawberries—a sort of happy Tuesday cake 🙂
    and oh by the way—Karen—here’s to many more happy years of blogging—
    hugs from Georgia—

  41. chef mimi says:

    wow. LBD indeed!

  42. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen, this cake sounds and looks delicious…I love everything that has almonds in it. Saving the recipe to try it later.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and congratulations on your blog anniversary 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Juliana. The cake was absolutely delicious and was a big hit with my guests. I hope you have a chance to give it a try and I appreciate your nice wish for my blogging anniversary.

  43. Happy anniversary Karen, what a delightful way to celebrate. Simplicity always wins. Pinned.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice wish Amira and I appreciate the pin. I totally agree with you about simplicity. Too often, desserts can be overly complicated and way too sweet. 🙂

  44. I can definitely see this one being really good for summer parties! I love olive oil cakes, and the almonds all over this one are perfect. Congrats on the anniversary, too!

    • Karen says:

      Yes David, I agree that this is a good summertime cake. Its a simple cake, great for outdoor entertaining and would go nice served along with fresh fruit. I’m glad you like it, thank you.

  45. miakouppa says:

    What I wouldn’t give for a slice of this right now! Love olive oil cakes! Thanks for posting 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Billie and Helen, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. Wish I could pass on a slice or two right now.

  46. Oh that looks delicious and the perfect ending for a meal…citrus always gets my attention!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Pam. I’m with you when it comes to citrus…it really brings out the flavors when used in cooking and baking.

  47. Michelle says:

    Oh, that ticks all the boxes, doesn’t it? Delicious.

  48. I love the simplicity of this delicious almond brown butter cake, Karen. Brown butter makes everything better! I could eat that glaze with a spoon! Delightful post, and congratulations on six years!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words Allie about the post, the cake and your wish for my blogging anniversary. So true about the brown butter, it certainly did make for a delicious glaze.

  49. Helen says:

    Sounds divine!

  50. Yum! This is such a palatable cake! I will have to prepare it soon!

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  52. First of all, I love olive oil cakes. But moreover, that glaze is absolutely gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeff, We all thought this cake was a real winner. I’m happy to know that you like it and appreciate your nice compliment, thank you.

  53. lifeincharente says:

    My mouth is watering just reading the recipe. Keep well, Diane

    • Karen says:

      I know what you mean Diane, each time I look at the photo I wish I could have another piece of it. 😀 Thank care, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

  54. For the Love of Cooking says:

    Wow! That is my kind of cake… it looks beautiful and delicious. YUM!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pam, This is my husband’s and my kind of cake as well. Nothing extra fancy but loaded with flavor. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  55. Karen, this is a cake I will love! I’m a frosting scraper, but I like a little glaze with sliced almonds. Perfect with a cup of tea, I’m sure.

    • Karen says:

      Jean, it sounds like we are alike. I always leave most of the frosting on the plate when I’m served a cake that has too much frosting. This glaze makes the cake and your right, it is delicious with a cup of tea…either at breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  56. I have no choice but to make this cake…that glaze is calling my name!!

  57. restlessjo says:

    I wish I could smell it baking in my oven right now, Karen. It sounds delicious. 🙂

  58. I love this simple yet impressive cake! Perfect ending to a dinner party!! Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog, too!!! xo

    • Karen says:

      I agree with you Liz, this is a nice ending to a dinner party as it is such a simple yet delicious cake. I appreciate your nice compliment and wish, thank you.

  59. The brown butter glaze with almonds looks delicious! I definitely would not turn down this dessert.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Lisa, I think the brown butter almond glaze makes the cake irresistible. At least not one of my guests turned down a slice even after a big Italian meal. 😀

  60. lulu says:

    I’m not a big cake fan but this one could go right along with my apple dapple cake as a favorite!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I’m not a big fan of multilayered cakes filled with lots of frosting but this cake got raves. I think because it is delicious in its simplicity.

  61. I’m planning on making this cake at the weekend – do you think adding chocolate chips to it would work?

  62. Gerlinde says:

    What a great looking cake. I always wanted to try a cake baked with olive oil. Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment and wish, Gerlinde. I believe that you would enjoy this cake, it is moist and delicious. Hope you give it a try.

  63. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh my, this cake will be made here and served. I would served this on a brunch buffet too, it would be gorgeous. I’m sure it must taste as delicious as it looks. Thanks for sharing, it’s printing now! Wishing you a wonderful weekend…….

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Emily for your lovely compliment, the almond cake is as delicious as it looks. Yes, this would be a nice dessert to set out at a brunch as it is easy to slice and serve.

  64. nancyc says:

    This looks like a wonderful cake…sounds so delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy, Even though this is a simple cake, it is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  65. Kiki says:

    Your version of this cake sounds and looks delicious, Karen! I have to admit that I never made olive oil cake, mainly out of defiance… because I remember first reading about olive oil cake many years ago, and it seemed like a fad to me, just like these days chia and kale are being hyped. I don’t like these food hypes, but from the look of your cake, I might have missed out for once!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiki, I know you are a wonderful cook but I do think you might have cheated yourself by not trying an olive oil cake…at least if they are all as terrific as this cake was. I do hope that you will give this one a try and if so, let me know what you think. Should you have made one years ago? 😀

      • Kiki says:

        It does look as if I’ve cheated myself out of this cake! I’ve alread bookmarked your version and will definitely let you know when I’ve made it.

  66. Congratulations on six years of blogging! That is quite an accomplishment. This cake looks like an awesome way to celebrate. Cakes made with olive oil are my favorite.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice wish Laura…yes, six years of blogging fun has gone by very quickly. I’m glad you like the celebration cake to thank my readers, it was delicious.

  67. I made an olive oil cake quite some time ago so I thank you for the reminder how good it is! This recipe with the almonds and orange liqueur sounds wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      It’s my pleasure to remind you Susan about how good an olive oil cake is. We all thought that this one was a real winner. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  68. Liz says:

    Ok you’ve totally sold me on this one. I will not ask for a sliver, I will ask for a sizeable slice with 2 scoops of vanilla bean gelato. It looks too nice to be true!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, You gave me a chuckle…I’m glad you are sold on the cake. A nice slice with 2 scoops sounds like the way to go. 😀

  69. marcie@flavorthemoments says:

    This cake looks heavenly Karen! I never bake with olive oil and really need to change that. And that glaze looks scrumptious!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Marcie, I believe you would enjoy this cake. And you are right, the glaze is a really delicious topping.

  70. NativeNM says:

    Your olive oil cake looks divine! I would love a slice right now, good thing you posted the recipe, I will have to make this soon!

  71. This cake looks and sounds divine! The icing is perfection as I am a huge fan of brown butter. I went to Italy 1 1/2 year ago, and even though I didn’t have olive oil cakes while I was there, this one brings me right back to Tuscany and the beautiful olive groves.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Thao, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your lovely compliment…it is much appreciated. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe and that the post brought back nice memories of your time spent in Tuscany. Hope to see you again soon.

  72. What a great cake. I have a cream cheese poundcake that I call my little black dress cake! Don’t know what I’d do without it-though I might have to try this one now!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Abbe, I’m glad you like the cake. If you give it a try, you may have a new favorite. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to make it. 🙂

  73. I love almonds so this is a really delicious looking cake.

  74. Amy Tong says:

    Such a lovely cake. It’s perfect for afternoon tea! 🙂

  75. Holy molly, Karen! The title says all: a moist and super delish cake. All that dripping on the cake made me want to bite my PC monitor. Hehe!

    • Karen says:

      You gave me a chuckle Denise and thank you for your compliment. It truly is a super delicious and moist cake, I’m glad you like the looks of it.

  76. What an elegant cake! It sounds divine Karen~

  77. Happy 6 years of blogging, Karen! This cake looks amazing – that glaze!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice wish Amy, the six years just flew by. I appreciate your nice compliment about the cake, in my opinion the glaze really makes it special.

  78. Monique says:

    This looks like a 10💯Happy 6 th!!

  79. I’ve never baked with a recipe that substitutes oil for butter, but it seems to make things a bit easier (and I bet it tastes good, too)! Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging- I just finished my 4th year of blogging- the time sure does go by quickly!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fran, Doesn’t time pass quickly in our blog word…it has been a real pleasure as I’m sure it has for you as well. Do try this cake, I think you will love how moist and delicious it is.

  80. Happy Anniversary, Karen. This blogging thing kind of sticks with you, eh? lol. Did you ever imagine you’d still be doing it? Love that you are because your writing and topics clearly resonate with your readers and we need that!
    Now, I was intently reading the description of this cake and then when the picture popped up, I was completely taken aback by it’s gorgeousness. It certainly lives up to your description – beautifully done!
    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Your kind words and wish gave me a real smile Robyn, thank you! I had no idea when I started blogging that I would make so many nice friends around the world, it is wonderful. I appreciate your nice compliment, I’m happy to know that you like the almond olive oil cake. 😀

  81. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Gorgeous cake . I do love an almond cake especially with olive oil. Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging. it takes a lot of dedication and time to blog and comment and anyway you know. Happy anniversary

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment and wish Tania. I’m glad you like the cake, we thought it was great. Yes, blogging does take a lot of dedication but the wonderful people you get to know makes it all worthwhile. 🙂

  82. Penny says:

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging Karen. It is an accomplishment for sure. I have been at it for 8 years and see no sign of quitting. I love this cake; it is beautiful and I’m sure delicious. Will be making it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Penny, I think we both really enjoy our blogging. 🙂 I hope you will enjoy the cake as much as we all did and appreciate your nice compliment.

  83. Linda says:

    Congrats on 6 years of blogging. Your cake is too pretty to eat. I so appreciate you sharing this lovely cake with us. I have never eaten an olive oil cake, so I shall try this. Beautifully written and photographed. Enjoy the weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post, recipe and photo…thank you. I hope you will enjoy the cake if you get the opportunity to make it.

  84. Stunning cake! Perfect analogy with the little black dress!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Inger, I’m glad you liked the analogy as this is a cake is great plain but is even better with its almond brown butter glaze. Thank you for your compliment.

  85. chrisscheuer415 says:

    I love olive oil cakes. This one looks amazing!

  86. Oh I bet it is a crowd pleaser .. and congratulations on 6 years! Well done ..😃

  87. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Oh, Karen – olive oil AND brown butter in one recipe? HEAVEN! And almonds… I love this cake!

  88. adina says:

    What a beautiful cake!

  89. Happy 6th Blogiversary! What a milestone. This beautiful almond olive oil cake with that stunning brown butter glaze is stunning. A toast to you Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish Bobbie, I can’t believe that six years passed so quickly. I’m glad to know that you like the cake…it really is a good one.

  90. plumdirt says:

    Happy anniversary! I’m so glad we’ve found one another. And once again, I’m hungry… 😉

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Plumdirt, I too am happy we met in this lovely blog world of ours. Sorry to make you hungry but a good cake like this will do that. 😀

  91. Amy says:

    A wonderful milestone! The cake looks delicious. I agree with your viewers, the butter glaze is stunning!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, When I did my first post I really didn’t think my blog would be where it is today. 🙂 Yes I have to agree with all of you, the almond brown butter glaze really does make this cake special.

  92. framedcooks says:

    That cake is an absolute stunner! Wow! And congrats on your Blogaversary – well done you! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you like the looks of the almond cake, it certainly was delicious. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish…it has been a fun six years.

  93. Oh gosh, this sounds excellent and what a beaut!! And happy Blogaversary, too!

  94. Congratulations on your blog anniversary Karen! This cake is certainly the best way to celebrate!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Katerina for your nice wish. I appreciate your compliment about the cake especially since I’ve seen all the beautiful ones you have made. 😀

  95. I’m sure this cake must taste amazing Karen, I love combining almond and all-purpose flour in cakes, I just love how tender they are and nothing beats the flavour of almonds.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish and compliment Fida…I can’t believe how many wonderful friends I’ve made over the last six years. You are right the cake is very moist, tender and has a wonderful flavor. It seems like we both like almond cakes. 🙂

  96. Six years – congrats Karen! The cake looks lovely and I’m sure the flavor matches, especially with all the citrus flavoring.

  97. This cake is gorgeous Karen! Almonds are my favorite nut so I will have to make this cake soon. I can imagine it will go well with grilled and BBQ’d summer foods too 🙂
    Happy 6th year of blogging!! I love all your posts and recipes so keep it up girl 🙂

  98. Karen says:

    I Karrie, thank you for your kind words about my blog. We have a lot in common since we both moved from Florida up to New Hampshire…the only thing is that I headed south again and you are still braving the winters. 😀 I’m glad you like the cake and yes, it would be perfect at a summer BBQ.

  99. What a delicious cake Karen made with olive oil and almonds. The two ingredients I love most. I have almonds every day when I am hungry in between meals. Love your decoration too!

  100. sippitysup says:

    I don’t have a little black dress but I think I understand your metaphor! GREG

  101. Happy blogiversary! Have bookmarked this recipe for future reference on Pinterest!

  102. pamela511 says:

    It definitely sounds like the perfect ending to a meal, Karen! Love it and it’s a must try on my list! It’s all about that little black dress! 🙂

  103. Gretchen says:

    This looks so delicious! Nice take on an olive oil cake.

  104. Kitty says:

    Your photo of this cake is beautiful, Karen! I can see why this would be the perfect cake to have in one’s collection! I must try this soon, as I love almond flavoring. Thank you for sharing your “little black dress” cake recipe with us.

  105. grace says:

    i’m sure the cake is awesome, but i want to smother myself in that glaze! brown butter is one of my favorite flavors, and using it in a glaze is all kinds of brilliant!

  106. Pinch and Swirl says:

    I make a lemon and olive oil cake (LOVE olive oil in cakes), but I’ve never tried almond. I am absolutely going to try this recipe the very next time we have friends over for dinner. It sounds superb!!

  107. Miriam @londonkitchendiaries says:

    Love the sound and look of this gorgeous almond cake! Perfect for treating friends after a nice meal 🙂

    Miriam xx

  108. Yum! This looks wonderful and I think it is a perfect ending for a special meal.

  109. such a lush looking cake! Have never tried baking a cake with olive oil but bet it tastes amazing.

  110. Monica says:

    Looks delicious. I love an almond cake and I like it when it’s not all almonds and there’s some flour involved. And olive oil and citrus go so well together. Lovely bake!

  111. That glaze is so decadent! How beautiful, Karen.

  112. Beth says:

    Your cake looks spectacular! And I wouldn’t think of skipping the brown butter glaze.

  113. Congratulations for your blog anniversary Karen! The cake is stunning!

  114. sugarlovespices says:

    This is my kind of cake! I love and make olive oil cakes and I prefer them to fancy layered, frosted cakes. You are so right, it is the perfect ending to a good meal and no one would say no to a slice of this beauty!

  115. Mmm, those glaze drippings make me wanna run around that cake with my mouth really close and my tongue sticking out 🙂 OK, I’ll behave and bring my fork…

  116. doreen@foxdenrd says:

    I am SO glad I saw this recipe Karen! I have everything needed to make this, and I just may do that tomorrow.

    Congrats on six years blogging. I bet it flew by!


  117. This is beautiful! I have always wanted to make an olive oil cake and you’ve inspired me 🙂

  118. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this cake looks absolutely divine. It reminds me of a cake that I often used to take to potluck dinners years ago.

  119. 2sistersrecipes says:

    Karen, it’s so nice you honor the Chef with her recipe. And your cake is lovely!! But it’s a funny thing, we have heard about the olive oil cake for some time now and didn’t realize that this olive oil cake recipe is really an old traditional way of making cakes especially in Italy for centuries. Our grandmothers and mother made their cakes only with olive oil, instead of butter or vegetable oil. Hope you are having a lovely summer!

  120. This looks so delicious! It’s a pretty, elegant, easy-to-make cake… just what everyone needs! I just came across your blog and I’m excited to read more posts.

  121. Cakes like this are so versatile. Truly worthy of the LBD designation! I’ve been looking for another olive oil cake, and it appears that I’ve found it.

  122. Sophie says:

    What a pretty fabulous cake with that added topping,…it must taste utterly delicious! Another must try for sure,….a Big Yum!

  123. Absolutely love your version of almond olive oil cake. it’s certainly dressed up nicely. ❣️❣️

  124. This is my favorite type of cake and that icing has me drooling! Congratulations on 6 years of blogging and look forward to reading many more your lovely posts, Karen!

  125. Wow, I love everything about this cake Karen! Olive oil has become a staple in my baking, I’m almost obsessed, haha. And sliced almonds, they give a crunch like nothing else!

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  127. Karen, I agree, the perfect ending to serve after a filling meal. This is a really good recipe, one I will keep and bake for a small gathering. Looks and sounds delicious. Hope your week is going great.

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