A great light cake to feel good about eating. This is a fresh take on a previous winter version of this recipe. Serve with sliced strawberries or other in-season fruit of your choice. There are a few components to build your plate and serve, but the cake itself comes together in 45 minutes and also tastes lovely on its own!
Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries & Cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
To make the olive oil cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch square cake pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, water, lemon juice and zest. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
Fill the prepared pan evenly with batter. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack.
This can also be made ahead of time. Store in a cake dome at room temperature for up to two days.
1/2 cup powdered sugar or pure maple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
To make the syrup, whisk or blend together the sugar with the lemon juice in a bowl or personal blender. Set aside.
1 (14-ounce) can of coconut milk, *chilled in fridge over night
2/3 cups powdered sugar or pure maple syrup
To make the whipped cream, chill the bowl and whisk of a stand mixer in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Skim the solidified coconut cream off the top of the chilled coconut milk and transfer the solids to the bowl of a stand mixer.
Add your sweetener of choice, a little at a time, whipping for a few minutes until the mixture begins to stiffen and turn into whipped cream. You may not need all of the sugar or maple syrup. Taste as you go, working quickly so everything stays cold. Chill whipped cream in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should firm up even more as it sits in the refrigerator for the next few hours or overnight, so this is also something that can be done ahead of time.
To serve, cut the cake into squares and plate with a couple of slices of fresh strawberries. Drizzle with the syrup and add a dollop of whipped cream.