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As seen in Adelady magazine, issue 4 

Recipe :: Maria Kosti

Time :: 1 hour 10 mins + cooling time
Serves :: 8

A bit of spice is very nice, especially when it’s combined with cake!

Photo :: Naomi Giatas 


1 cup Greek yoghurt
⅓ cup Rio Vista Olives Nothin’ But Olives Classic Olive Oil
¼ cup lemon juice
3 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 lemon, zested

For the glaze
¼ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
¾ cup soft icing sugar
1 tbsp Rio Vista Olives Merchant Spiced Olive Oil (optional)

For the Candied Lemon
3 lemons, cut into thin slices
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice


• Preheat the oven to 180˚C fan-forced.
• Grease a 22cm round cake pan with baking spray. Set aside.
• With an electric mixer, whisk eggs and sugar until pale and creamy (approximately 4 minutes). Add lemon juice and zest, then whisk for a further minute.
• With a wooden spoon, stir in flour, yoghurt and oil until smooth.
• Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a butter-knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing, then place onto a cooling rack.
• In a small bowl, combine the spiced olive oil, lemon juice and icing sugar and stir with a fork until smooth. With a pastry brush, gently pat the glaze all over the warm cake until the glaze is fully absorbed, giving it extra tang.
• To make the candied lemon slices, combine sugar, water and lemon juice in a wide saucepan, and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the lemon slices in a single layer once the sugar is dissolved.
• Simmer for 30–40 minutes, gently flipping once or twice during the cooking process. Cook until the lemons are semi-translucent, then transfer to an oven that has been preheated to 100˚C fan-forced for an hour, or until the lemons have dried out and become less sticky. Leave to cool.
• Allow the cake to cool completely, then serve with dollops of cream and candied lemon slices.

Photo :: Naomi Giatas

We used: Rio Vista Olives Nothin’ But Olives Classic Olive Oil AND Merchant Spiced Olive Oil

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