With just a touch of sweetness, this olive oil cake has a hint of orange zest and five-spice powder. If you don't eat it all the first day, cut it into cubes and layer with whipped cream and oranges, or toast and slather with honey.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil and flour a loaf pan.

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  • Beat eggs in a bowl until lightened in color. Add sugar, olive oil, orange zest, and five-spice powder and beat until smooth. Fold flour, baking powder, and salt into egg mixture until batter is just mixed. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

291.8 calories; 4.5 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 74.4 mg cholesterol; 144.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2020
Wow. I can’t believe how good this is. I think it’s my new favorite quick bread. Other reviews complained of it being dry. Mine was really moist. Perhaps they measured their flour wrong or cut into it too early. I let a quick bread like this, any bread really, sit at least two hours before cutting into it. It’s still cooking when you pull it out of the oven and it will loose a lot of moisture if you cut into it while it’s still warm. Followed the recipe exactly but added a little sprinkle of sugar over the loaf before I put it in the oven for a little extra sweet crunch on top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/23/2019
I'm going to withhold firm judgement on this until I make it again. I forgot to add salt to the recipe ( as listed in the ingredients) so my loaf was very flat and very dense (brick-like). Flavor was good, but not orangey enough for me. I used zest from 2 large oranges but maybe that wasn't quite enough. Next time, I'll use a third orange (or maybe a little lemon zest?). Regardless, I'm going to try again and will edit my review once I've actually made the recipe correctly! Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2017
I have not made this yet but I am going to make it soon. Dolly in answer to your question. Chinese Five Spice is a combination of ground cinnamon ground cloves star anise fennel seed and szechuan pepper. If you can find Chinese cinnamon you can use that otherwise ground cinnamon is fine. This recipe looks wonderful. I will post again once I make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2017
The kids loved this cake as much as I did! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2019
I'm a fan. The cake turned out well, on the first try. Because I did not have 5 spice at home, I used ginger & I added some finely chopped rosemary to the batter as well. For added decadence, I made an orange glaze over top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2020
Wow. I can’t believe how good this is. I think it’s my new favorite quick bread. Other reviews complained of it being dry. Mine was really moist. Perhaps they measured their flour wrong or cut into it too early. I let a quick bread like this, any bread really, sit at least two hours before cutting into it. It’s still cooking when you pull it out of the oven and it will loose a lot of moisture if you cut into it while it’s still warm. Followed the recipe exactly but added a little sprinkle of sugar over the loaf before I put it in the oven for a little extra sweet crunch on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2018
It was great. Pretty much followed the directions as written. Even though I used half volume of very good quality olive oil (and the remainder was 365 organic evoo) I didn't think the olive oil had too much presence. I used the zest from 3 plain navel oranges and added the juice from one. I put it in a tube pan and shortened baked for 30 mins (until insert came out clean). I think 40 mins would have been overbaked. I'll absolutely make this again. It's a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2017
I really love this unusual and deliciously flavored bread. I've made it twice now and it's one of my favorite quickbreads. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/07/2017
I substituted the Orange zest for Lemon extract. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2019
Great recipe though I prefer it with less sugar and more spices. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2018
Perfect with custard. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/23/2019
I'm going to withhold firm judgement on this until I make it again. I forgot to add salt to the recipe ( as listed in the ingredients) so my loaf was very flat and very dense (brick-like). Flavor was good, but not orangey enough for me. I used zest from 2 large oranges but maybe that wasn't quite enough. Next time, I'll use a third orange (or maybe a little lemon zest?). Regardless, I'm going to try again and will edit my review once I've actually made the recipe correctly! Read More