If you don’t have a huge sweet tooth but still enjoy dessert every once in a while, you will likely love this chocolate olive oil cake. Topped with candied bacon and sprinkles, the loaf cake recipe is from food blogger Molly Yey of My Name is Yeh. Described as “super earthy and dark and moist,” the two-layer treat makes a great birthday cake for bacon lovers too.
To bake your own chocolate olive oil cake at home, you will need yummy ingredients such as unsweetened cocoa powder, almond extract, orange juice and olive oil (of course). The candied bacon is made from strips of lamb bacon with brown sugar. It’s also topped with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting.
i suppose before i start thinking about the first thing that i’m going to bake when i get home, i’ll tell you about the last thing that i baked before i left. it is a loaf cake, because loaf cakes are so lovably cute and one day i want to have a loaf cake spread like the rose bakery loaf cake spread. this cake is also to celebrate the birthday of the wonderful melinda strauss over at kitchen tested!! it’s super earthy and dark and moist and paired with candied bacon because bacon was the first word out of melinda’s mouth when i asked her what type of cake she would like. never mind that she’s kosher, the cake never made it within a thousand miles of her, but it’s the thought (and the instagrams??) that count! happiest of birthdays to you, sweet melinda!!!
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 c olive oil
1 1/4 c whole milk
3 large eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 c orange juice
preheat oven to 350.
grease two loaf pans (i use 8-inch by 4-inch pans) and line the bottoms with parchment.
in a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. in a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. begin checking for doneness at about 40 minutes.
let cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then turn onto a cooling rack. turn the oven up to 400 for the bacon. go on over to melinda’s blog for the candied bacon and frosting recipes and then assemble as follows:
level one of the cake layers and pipe or spread on a thick layer of frosting. if desired, add a handful of bacon. top it with the other cake layer and top with additional frosting and bacon.