These are lovely little cakes that make a perfect little something after dinner or enjoy them for an afternoon treat with tea. Perfect for entertaining, these cakes actually get more moist over time, so they are perfect if you need to make something a little ahead. Make these with lemon, Meyer lemons or oranges.
Servings: 8mini cakes
1cupall-purpose flourplus more for dusting
1 1/3cupswhite granulated sugar
2Tbsp.grated lemon zestfrom about 2 lemons
1/4cupextra-virgin olive oil
1tsp.finely minced fresh thymeplus sprigs for garnish
For the Glaze:
1 1/2cupsconfectioners'/icing sugar
3 1/2 to 4Tbsp.lemon juicefrom 1 to 2 lemons
Preheat oven to 350° F. with rack in centre of oven. Prepare an 6, 8 or 12 cup metal or silicone mini cake/bundt or muffin pan. For a tin pan, brush with melted butter and dust with flour and shake out the excess.
In a blender or food processor, pulse the granulated sugar and lemon zest in a blender until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, then gradually pour in the olive oil and milk, pulsing until emulsified into a thin batter. Don't over-blend or the cakes will be too puffy.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1 tsp. thyme. Add this flour mixture to the blender/food processor in 2 batches, pulsing lightly until just combined. Stop to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan to no more than 2/3 full (as they will rise). Bake until the cakes just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and spring back when lightly touched, 22 to 25 minutes for a 12-cup Bundt or muffin pan or 28 to 30 minutes for a 6-cup Bundt pan. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the sides with a small knife and invert the cakes onto a rack.
Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Whisk the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and butter until smooth, adding more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick. Drizzle over the warm cakes and garnish with thyme sprigs.
Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" above the Recipe Card, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!