I just made a kinnow orange cinnamon cake! I love citrusy desserts. Im definitely going to make this with this precious bottle of orange infused olive oil i have (precious because i cant find it anywhere in India and it was brought especially for me all the way from the US). This is going to be one special cake :-).
The cake looks and sounds lovely; I’m thinking it would be amazing with some candied kumquats that are on my list for this week. Thanks also for the link to Food52! I hadn’t been over there before, and it’s a great site!
Hi Carole, You could certainly try almonds (I would lightly toast them first). I could also give pecans a try, but pecans have a stronger flavor so you might want to increase the orange zest to 2 tablespoons. Let us know if you give it a try!
I will expect nothing but moist citrus-y sweetness when I make this…worst case scenario if mine doesn’t taste as good as yours looks, I can always find comfort in knowing that there’s nothing a few dozen layers of powdered sugar can’t fix!
These types of cakes are the cakes of my childhood and hold a special place in my heart. These cakes are indeed not overdone. They aim to comfort, not impress and so these are the cakes that always win me over when it actually comes to choosing what to bake and eat. I still drool over the drop dead gorgeous cakes that stop you in your track but this walnut and orange cake is what I would choose to eat.
i’ve been wanting to make this ever since I saw this 2 days. So here I am(in Shanghai) ..on a friday night…just back from work..all set to make it. VERY excited!! What a GREAT website. I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!
I made this last night and served it to friends as an after-dinner surprise. Fan. Tas. Tic. Poured some cognac as an accompaniment. General happiness was the (not unexpected) result. Thanks for posting the recipe!
My co-workers are going to love this – it turned out beautifully. I love your site but rarely have time to make any of the wonderful things you post. However, I’ve now made the last three and look forward to my “weekend with Tim” as a way to relax and do what I truly love. Thank you!
I made this AWESOME cake yesterday (saturday noon) and it was GONE by Sunday at noon. It is such a great cake that i am now a devoted follower and i really appreciate the recipe. I always look for easy to make cakes that are healthy and no butter or shortening, and this ‘takes the cake’ (sorry) for an olive oil based cake. it was airy, light, moist, and you can taste the nuts and the orange, and its really nice with coffee. I sent it to all my friends too.
Oh man- I have been making this cake for years and it’s my favorite. So quick to throw together and delicious! I’ve topped it with a lightly sweetened whipped cream/mascarpone too for a little extra decadence. :)
this is a lovely recipe! i made this tonight, didn’t pulse all the walnuts thoroughly, so there were some bits to be crunched upon when eating, which i enjoyed. squeezed a bunch of tangerines as well as oranges that were around the house, and it was Wonderful. nearly the whole cake is gone already. ate it with yogurt, sweetened with a bit of honey. delicious.
I couldn’t do it!! I was *this* close to throwing in a little bittersweet chocolate, but tasted the batter first and it was so deliciously perfect on its own. Hopefully its even better when it comes out of the oven : )
I made this yesterday, and it was phenomenal. I’ve never used olive oil in baking before, and I was concerned that the flavor would be too pronounced. It was not. A moist, delicious, sophisticated little cake. Thanks!
Your posts are lovely and the recipes are so helpful – I have tried a number of them and they always turn out well (like the caramel cake which is now my go-to birthday cake!). I wonder if it would be workable to use lemon instead of orange here?
Hi Jia- it would technically work, but I do not think it would be very good. If you’re looking for a lemon recipe, I would look elsewhere and save this for when you are wanting to bake with oranges. Happy baking! Thanks for the nice message.
Hi Tim. My family and I absolutely love this cake. As a result we’ve made it countless times. It’s actually in the oven now (request of my mum). My question is, the first few times I made it there were no problems. It was delicious. But after about the first 2 or 3 times, the cake without fail sinks and quite a lot. A little puzzled as to why. I don’t overbeat amd the temperature is the same etc. its odd because it used to be just fine. Would you have any suggestions? Thanks a lot!
Made this for a brunch I had this last weekend and it was a huge hit…It is the second time I have made it and it is a no fail, moist and delicious cake. Amazing in its simplicity. It did sink slightly in the center and I am wondering if I over beat it? It was cooked perfectly so I am not sure what happened with that.
I’ve been perusing your website and stealing recipes and altering them a little bit here and there. I saw the comment about adding chocolate! I personally love orange chocolate so I threw in about a cup of chocolate chunks and the cake was delicious. I also added a bit more orange zest to balance out the powerful chocolate chunks. :) Love your blog.