Sunday, 3 July 2011

olive oil and grapefruit cake

I have been baking, and baking often ever since I discovered the joys of having a mini loaf pan.

What are the joys of having a mini loaf pan, you ask?


Firstly, it's cute.

Secondly, I can experiment to my heart's content without worrying about a massive waste of ingredients in the event of a failure.

Thirdly, it stops me from overeating.

Fourthly, baked goods always seem more delicious when you are left wanting more.

And if it wasn't for my mini loaf pan, I probably wouldn't have bothered baking this light and gentle olive oil and grapefruit cake, which would've been a shame, because it turned out to be a great success.

olive oil and grapefruit cake... a great little snack and lovely with a cup of tea.

The first good thing was seeing my cousin licking the leftover batter in the bowl as we waited for this olive oil and grapefruit cake to finish cooking in the oven.

The second good thing was smelling the cake as it rose and browned in the oven.

The third good thing was tipping the cake out, having it come off cleanly with a gentle thud, then feeling and hearing that gorgeous crackle of the crust as I sliced through it with a knife, sending crispy crumbs a-flying.

The fourth good thing was tasting it, sharing it with loved ones, and, yes... wishing there were more.

a soft, rustic olive oil and grapefruit cake with delicate citrus flavours...

mini olive oil and grapefruit teacake
(mini loaf pan dimensions: 18cm (l) x 10cm (w) x 5.5cm (h) exterior, 15 x 8 x 5.5cm interior.)

3/4 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch salt

Preheat oven to 180C fan-forced (200 regular).
Combine self-raising flour and raw sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Set aside.
In another bowl, lightly whisk egg, then add grapefruit juice, zest, olive oil and salt. Continue whisking till well-mixed.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well of dry ingredients. Stir together until just combined - do not overmix.
Pour the batter into a greased mini loaf pan (or other mini cake pan) and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until it boasts a lovely tan.
Let the cake cool slightly for 10 minutes, then remove from pan, slice and enjoy the cake by itself or with a nice cup of tea.


  1. I absolutely love this, leaf - the citrus and olive oil combination is absolutely up my alley. Plus, I agree with your philosophy about reducing waste. Great work :)

  2. What a lovely combination :) And mini loaf pan? I think I need to get one too.

  3. Thanks Penny! I love having my mini loaf pan - it really encourages me to play around and bake more often to build up my confidence.

  4. WOW! Looks so yummy with nice combination :) I definitely like to bake this cake too! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Grapefruit cake...! Wow, I would never have thought of this, this sounds like a great idea!

  6. This cake looks gorgeous!

    I really want a mini loaf tin now!

  7. "What are the joys of having a mini loaf pan, you ask?
    Firstly, it's cute."


    Love the rustic and crumbly looking cake. Great for a classic English morning tea... hmmm Charming indeed! ;)

  8. Yum... I can't say I love baking at all, but I always feel so jealous when I visit and you've baked something new :) Yayy!

  9. Thanks Anncoo, Cooking Gallery. :D

    Foodycat, mine is non-stick too which makes for easy cleaning. Win!

    Thanks PFx... you're a sweetheart! :)

    msihua, I wasn't really big on baking either. In fact, I got this mini loaf pan last year for my birthday and only started using it some weeks ago... and now I'm starting to really enjoy baking! ;)

  10. haha, I like your 3rd point : "it stops me from overeating." I concur. This go splendid with a cup of tea

  11. Because I cook (and eat!) just for me, I often struggle with having entire batches of baked goods that I get bored of eating in the rush to make sure they don't go off. Clearly, I need me a mini loaf tin! Off to The Essential Ingredient this weekend :D

  12. I'm with you on cute - love mini loaf tins!

  13. Totally Adrian, it's portion control made easy! And it definitely goes well with a hot cup of tea.

    Hannah, a mini loaf tin will be perfect for you!

    Agnes, I'm thinking about getting a mini cake tin next. :D

  14. Absolutely :) I've got a few 'mini baking pans/tins etc' & I love 'em for all the same reasons & the best when your apartment dwelling with just one other too huh.

  15. Love the sound of cake falling onto the board when you turn the tin upside down! Thud~ so therapeutic, with a hint of content and relief! :p

  16. Wow that looks gorgeous and healthy! Lovely fotos! :) I love mini loaf pans too;)

  17. I was thinking yesterday that I have to buy some mini loaf pan. And olive oil and grapefruit sound delicious (and healthier than most loaf cakes too). Yours looks so golden and good.
    There's a famous bakery in San Francisco called Miette, and they have some delicious mini loaf cake recipes...and I need a mini pan to try them.

  18. What a beautiful and healthy post....I have bookmarked this and will be making this soon....


  19. Grapefruit is quite an interesting one to bake! And mini loaf pans are adorable! :)

  20. Thanks Anna, Adrienne, Zurin, Joyti, Shilpa and Ashley for your lovely comments on the cake and your input on mini loaves! :D

  21. This cake sounds so cool! I keep hearing wonderful things about olive oil cakes, but I've never tried one. Plus I love the summery grapefruit twist! Yum!

  22. Looks like a very nice recipe. Two of my favorite foods together. Very unique.

  23. I need to get myself a mini loaf pan - you are right, small = cute = less chance to overindulge. Lovely loaf!

  24. This is definitely speaking to me . . . and I do so happen to have a raft of mini loaf pans. (For supposed Christmas gift giving!) And I also have a grapefruit that Wants to be eaten. What a creative combination.

  25. how big is the mini loaf pan- looks so so good.... i want to make a big one so i can eat it ALL!! Double the recipe for a normal size loaf tin??

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  27. Thanks everyone! Your comments are much appreciated. x

    Anne Marie, these are the dimensions I got from the website I bought it from:

    Dimensions: 18cm (l) x 10cm (w) x 5.5cm (h) exterior, 15 x 8 x 5.5cm interior.

    I hope that helps!

  28. Yum! This sounds delicious, I love citrus flavoured cakes!

  29. I seriously need to hire you or have you guide me in baking.. I'm a baking failure!!

  30. we have grapefruit trees in our yard- i am totally bookmarking this recipe! thanks for sharing :)

  31. Thanks fit and fun gals! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  32. would love this little beauty, flavored with any citrus!

  33. Made this - multiplied by four and made four tiny cakes. Soooooo good : ) Rich, tender, just barely sweet, not too strongly flavored but both the olive oil and the grapefruit are clear. Wonderful recipe : ) Thank you!

  34. Dear leaf,

    The golden brown crust of this cake looks so enticing. I'm not a baker so I always admire someone who can bake so well.

  35. Thank you so much for trying the recipe and letting me know you loved the cake, Molly! That always makes me happy. xx

    Thanks Chopinand, I'm not really much of a baker either. I stick to simple baking, nothing complicated. ;)

  36. It is very tasty cake! I swopt couple ingredients but base is the same, it is great!!! I used 2 table spoons of flax seed plus 6 table spoons of water instead of eggs and used 1 cup white flour and 1/2 cup whole whet flour ( I went for larger cake :) ) I have to make it again today! Thank you!

    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback, I really appreciate that you left a comment about your experience with the recipe! I'm so happy you enjoyed the cake! :)


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