Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vintner's Grape Cake




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I want to wish all of you who have loved and nurtured children a happy Mother's Day. I hope that those you are tending and those you have given wings will make this a special day for you. I'll be away from my own kitchen this week, but I'll be cooking and, hopefully, will be able to share some very simple recipes with you. The first of them is for a grape cake that was created by Patricia Wells. As you know, I'm partial to this type of cake, and if it is made with olive oil, I become positively weak-kneed. I love the play of the robust oil against the sweetness of the grapes. Cakes like this were originally seasonal and made only in the fall when grapes were being harvested. That limitation no longer exists, so, I make these cakes whenever I can find decent seedless grapes in the market. This version has lovely citrus overtones, and the flavor combination reminds me of a well-balanced sangria. The cake is really easy to make and it keeps and transports well. I hope you will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Vintner's Grape Cake
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Patricia Wells

Ingredients:
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of sea salt
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Grated zest of 1 orange
10 ounces small, fresh seedless purple grapes
Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan, tapping out any excess flour. Set aside.
2) Place eggs and sugar in bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat until thick and lemon covered, about 3 minutes. Add butter, oil, milk, and vanilla extract, and mix until blended.
3) Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add lemon and orange zest, and toss to coat zest with flour. Spoon mixture into batter and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended. Scrape down sides of the bowl and mix again. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow flour to absorb liquids.
4) Stir about 3/4 of the grapes into the batter. Spoon batter into prepared cake pan and smooth top with a spatula.
5) Place pan in center of oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then sprinkle top of cake with remaining grapes. Bake until top is a deep golden brown and the cake feels quite firm when pressed with a fingertip, about 40 minutes more, for a total baking time of 55 minutes. Place on a rack to cool. After 10 minutes, run a knife along sides of pan. Release and remove sides of springform pan, leaving cake on pan base. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar just before serving. Serve at room temperature, cut into thin wedges. Yield: 8 to 12 servings.









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27 comments:

Hovkonditorn said...

This sounds delicious! Have a great day!

Jeannie said...

I love cakes like this too especially with fruits in them...so scrumptious! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a beautiful cake. I love the citrus and olive oil in it.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day Mary and that the Silver Fox makes sure you don't have to cook anything (smile). Have a great weekend.
Sam

Clint said...

Fabulous. Man, I wish I had some right now with my mornin' joe.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Happy Mother's Day! I made a cake very much like this under the instruction of a Tuscan cook on a winery estate when I was traveling in Italy a number of years ago. It was harvest time and the cake was just a wonderful expression of the season and the fresh ingredients immediately available on the estate.

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

First off Mary, have a most wonderful Mother's Day. The sun is shining here on the Bruce Peninsula, so I hope it is also shining in your part of the World. Secondly, I do love seedless grapes, with hopefully being able to give this recipe a "try" some day. Thank you always for sharing with so many. "Just Me"

Shug said...

fun!! Wish I had one right now to go along with my coffee...
Have a beautiful day...
shug

Clau said...

Também gosto de frutas em bolos, ficou muito bonito e deve estar muito bom.Parabéns pelo dia das mães,bjus.

Turmeric n Spice said...

Happy mother's day !! Lovely cake ! I love fruits in my dessert. I have baked sth similar for mother's day !

A Paixão da Isa said...

hummm essa tarte e bolo estao um luxo mt bonitas e o gosto deve ser demais bravo e tudo de bom para voce bjs bom domingo

ImSoVintage said...

Can't wait to try this, Mary. Have a Happy Mother's Day.
Laura

anne said...

Woah ! That's one gorgeous slice ! If olive oil's great with any baked bread , it must be good in a cake ! And by the look of that cake , I'm sure it is ! ;)

Did I greet you Happy Mother's Day last time ?! If not , Happy Mother's day , you AWESOME Mom ! :D

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Happy Mother's Day, Mary. I had a similar cake in Tuscany during the harvest season but I like the sound of yours with the zest in it.

Ginny said...

This is a lovely and different cake. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day today!

Lizzy said...

I love the polka dot effect of this grape cake. So simple and classic. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day!

Claudia said...

I've been wanting to make a version of this cake forever. You gave me the perfect nudge. I am making your strawberry drink for everyone today! Happy Mother's Day!

Ailyn Sanchez said...

Happy mother´s day, and thanks for this cake, it looks great, i love the olive oil recipes too...i leave you a present for mother´s day at my kitchen...

Debby Foodiewife said...

Happy Mother's Day!
Tomorrow, I'm posting a savory recipe with roasted grapes. I still have leftover seedless grapes. What perfect timing! I love olive oil cakes, and this one looks like it's quick and easy to make. Thanks!

Barb Bamber said...

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!! xoxo

Dee said...

Hi Mary! I am so happy to see you are still blogging. This grape cake looks yummy!

I took a long hiatus from the apple hill adventurer (not sure if you remember me or not) because I decided to pursue my masters degree. Now that I have earned my degree, I have started new blog! It is now here:

deelivingfree.blogspot.com

I am hoping to make my way back into the food blogging community, but man, starting over again is hard! I hope you are having a lovely Mother's day!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Happy Mother's Day Mary---this cake is gorgeous, and so unusual. Enjoy your travels!

Marcellina said...

ooooh, what an interesting cake! I have never used grapes for cooking. This is a wonderful idea! Hope you had a lovely Mother's day!

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

Happy Mother's Day! This cake looks and sounds fabulous!

Kim said...

I never had grape cakes but I must say, it loos really good! I have to try it!

Cheah said...

I like the look of this cake,pretty with the grapes. Thanks for sharing!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Just getting caught up after a whirlwind weekend and while all the recipes I missed look wonderful, it is the grape cake that really catches my imagination!! I've never had a grape cake; and, that is going to need to be remedied! Thank you, Mary. Hope your Mother's Day was filled with laughter and love! blessings ~ tanna

Amalia said...

I've been wanting to try a grape dessert for quite some time now and I think I've found the perfect recipe! I love the beautiful pop of color the grapes give and the cake itself looks super moist. I can't wait to try it out :) Happy MOthers day!

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