4.94 from 92 votes

Lemon, Rosemary + Olive Oil Cake

Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake on a cake pedestal

I love an olive oil cake for the texture and flavor. Olive oil lends an earthy, sophisticated flair to a very simple cake. Add the savory note of rosemary and you’re practically transported to a Tuscan vineyard. A big pile of softly whipped cream and berries or supremed orange segments makes for a cake worthy of brunch, dessert, or even a decadent breakfast.

This recipe is by Lidey Hueck from her delightful new book, Cooking in Real Life. No wonder Ina Garten and Erin French took her into their kitchens, where she learned from the best.

Her career is one we dream about in culinary school, to work beside the greats. It was not the stove that brought her on this path, she was originally hired to sit behind a desk, but as is true for so many of us, food became her obsession.

There are many roads to a career; hers is both charmed and full of treasures. I find her recipes have that vibe as well. The title of her debut book says it all, Cooking in Real Life, which to me means we can pull off the recipes and keep going with our busy days. This olive oil cake is so quick and easy to make, as well as being super delicious.

Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake on a cake pedestal next to Lidey Hueck's book, Cooking in Real Life.


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Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake on a cake pedestal

Lemon, Rosemary & Olive Oil Cake

4.94 from 92 votes
Servings: 8
Author: Lidey Hueck


  • 1 cup (230g) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 4-inch fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour, for the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (160g) sour cream
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup (80g) freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar, for serving
  • 3 small oranges for serving (optional)


  • In a small skillet or saucepan, combine the oil and rosemary sprigs. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until the rosemary begins to sizzle, then turn the heat to its lowest setting and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes, then discard the rosemary sprigs and pour the oil into a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan at least 2 inches deep with cooking spray, and line the bottom with parchment paper, then flour the sides.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl with the rosemary oil and whisk until combined. Add the eggs and whisk vigorously until thick and glossy. Add the vanilla, sour cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice and whisk until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk gently until only small lumps remain. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until the edges of the cake are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool for 30 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve the cake at room temperature, with lightly sweetened whipped cream or a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and the orange segments, if using. Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Excerpted from COOKING IN REAL LIFE: Delicious & Doable Recipes for Every Day. Copyright @ 2024 by Lidey Heuck. Photography Copyright © 2024 by Dane Tashima. Reproduced by permission of Simon Element, and imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.
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254 thoughts to “Lemon, Rosemary + Olive Oil Cake”

  1. My go to recipe is banana bread with a cheese orange spread. If not the banana bread , then I usually make a triple mocha biscotti.

  2. 4 stars
    This was seriously one of the best cakes I have ever had – and I bake a lot! My guests were wowed. So moist, lemony and with great rosemary flavor (I did add a TBS of minced fresh rosemary at the end). It is definitely going into my rotation. Thank you!!!

  3. My go to cake is Ina Garten’s “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake”. I make it for every birthday. My boys ask for it when they come home to MN.

  4. 5 stars
    I LOVE rosemary and the olive oil + rosemary combo in this sweet recipe is right up my alley!

    My go-to recipe is my Baba’s Strawberry Shortcake. Of all the things she cooked or baked, that was always a favorite amongst everyone and each time I make it it brings back so many great memories.

  5. 5 stars
    My go to recipe for cake has been the Earl Grey Cake with Fresh Raspberry Whipped Cream by Lily Fischer of Cake Life Bake Shop (can find the recipe on King Arthur website). I did make this Rosemary, Lemon and Olive oil cake and this may become my new go to. I love that this only makes one pan and that it’s equally delicious in the morning with tea or afternoon. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I am old school. My go to meal is a pot of pinto beans and a pan of buttermilk cornbread (no egg please!).

  7. The recipe I wake up dreaming about is my chocolate angel food cake, which I make my own by adding a pinch of habanero powder. But I have young grandsons, so my go-to is Chubby Tates cookies. Always have a few frozen balls in my back pocket.

  8. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! My go to cookie recipe is a pecan halva chocolate chip cookie where the pecans are ground into a flour.

  9. My go-to recipe is Double Chocolate Layer Cake from Gourmet Magazine from the late 90s. It’s a family favorite for birthdays.

  10. My go to recipe is my Mom’s New York Style cheesecake recipe. I’ve been making it since I was probably about 9 years old. I can practically make it in my sleep and since she passed 4 years ago, it’s the most requested recipe from our entire family.

  11. My go to recipes are Sarah Keifer’s banana bread with chocolate chips and Ottolenghi’s lemon blueberry loaf as well as many others.

  12. A chocolate chip cookie with ground oats. It probably has several names but here it’s called Union Station Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  13. Zoe Bakes Pavlova! Lots of gluten free dessert lovers in my life and this is both elegant and practical!

  14. My go to recipe is zucchini bread in the warmer months and spiced brown butter muscovado sugar cookies in the winter

  15. Can’t wait to try this cake – thanks Lidey!
    My go-to recipe is Nigella’s baked chocolate pudding pots…alongside a 20-year tawny port.

  16. My go to recipe is meyer lemon cheesecake! Lucky to live in California where the meyer lemons are plentiful 🙂

  17. My go-to recipe is a veggie black bean stir fry with chili garlic sauce and tofu. Go-to sweet recipe is berry hand pies made with frozen puff pastry.

  18. I can’t wait to make this!
    My go to recipe depends on the time of year. Right now it’s strawberry shortcake!

  19. 5 stars
    This cake looks amazing! My go-to recipe is Feta Flatbread with entirely too much black pepper and David Lebovitz’s Banana Cake 🙂

  20. 5 stars
    My go to recipe is a Fruit Oat Crisp using berries, plums and rhubarb from my garden. It’s easy and delicious! And…I love to eat it for breakfast with yogurt!

  21. 5 stars
    This Rosemary Lemon Olive Oil cake looks insane! Would be thrilled with a copy of this cookbook My go to recipe has been homemade sourdough pancakes. Will be tough to settle for regular pancakes from now on! But still doable…

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  22. My go to recipe is the double vanilla butter cake from Food 52. I do love a good olive oil cake and Smitten Kitchen’s olive oil cake is my go to for that!

  23. 5 stars
    im excited to try this! I can’t really say I have a go to recipe because I love to cook so many different things. Lately I’ve been attracted by these meatballs, made only with ricotta cheese sort of like a gnudi, But somewhat easier to make! Dropped into a simple and delicious tomato sauce, they are so satisfying! I’ve also been obsessed with this Japanese dish made in a beautiful Donabe pot, with salmon and rice and a little bit of sea vegetable!!

  24. Thanks for the recipe! My go-to easy dinner recipe is Jacques Pepin’s salmon en papillote. Simple, wholesome, you can taste each ingredient, and so good for you.

  25. My go-to recipe savory: Cornucopia Chicken and sweet: my Momma’s Sour Cream Poundcake. I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Kansas City, and my daddy and momma welcomed visitors with open arms and never – truly – never complained about company. They were so hospitable and ready for company, that each time my momma would bake her DELICIOUS Sour Cream Poundcake, she would save out some batter and bake a mini-loaf of batter to wrap well and freeze. Any time we had unexpected company, momma would pull out the mini-loaf and brew a fresh pot of coffee. Because the loaf was petite, it would thaw quickly and be ready to enjoy by the time the coffee was ready.
    ALL the love,

  26. My go to sweet recipe is a chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake that has been passed down for at least three generations and is loved by most and great for every occasion -especially breakfast

  27. My go to recipe is a sandwhich made with sun dried tomato foccacia with roasted turkey, roasted bell peppers,micro greens or sprouts and a basil pesto mayo spread. It’s easy, quick and delicious.

  28. My go to recipe is a sandwhich made with sun dried tomato foccacia with roasted turkey, roasted bell peppers,micro greens or sprouts and a basil pesto mayo spread.

  29. 5 stars
    This may be my new go-to dessert. I love a good olive oil cake almost as much as I love ZoëBakes Chocolates pumpkin bundt cake. Or your carrot cake. Or your devil’s food cake…

  30. My go to is a rich banana bread from a vintage Betty Crocker recipe that I’ve made for years. I love that I can bake it on a Sunday morning, and enjoy it with coffee throughout the week (if it lasts that long)!

    1. 5 stars
      I think this looks so delicious! We went to a great Italian restaurant today for mothers day and I had Tagliatlli la lemon’. and this would have been a delicious dessert with it.

  31. My go to is rhubarb strawberry pie. My mother had one cookbook, “The I Hate To Cook Cookbook”. And my brother and I agree she never once made pie. But, miraculously she did make stewed rhubarb from her own rhubarb patch in our yard. Rhubarb forever will remind me of our mother, who might not have baked but served us love.

    Now pie is MY love language. And so a rhubarb in memory of her and strawberries that sing of summer are the go to for me and my family.

  32. The olive oil cake sounds absolutely delicious! My
    favorite go- to recipe is my Grandma Thompson’s banana bread. It is low in both fat and added sugar,
    but still so good, with lots of bananas to keep it moist and tasty. It’s even better with a handful or two of mini semisweet chocolate chips! There’s always a sliced loaf in our freezer to make easy treats for breakfast or a snack.

  33. This cake looks delicious! My go to recipes include cacio di pepe and a special chocolate brownie recipe!

  34. My favorite recipe is my garlicky spicy olives ❤️perfect for salads or a side dish or eaten straight from the jar.

  35. 5 stars
    My favorite recipe is Ina Gartens New York Crumb Cake. I have been making it for years. I bake it for neighbors for the holidays.

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  36. 5 stars
    This cake looks interesting. I have never eaten an olive oil cake. Look forward to trying it. My go to recipe is Carrot Cake. I love this cake any time of the year. Cream cheese icing is my favorite with it.

  37. My goto recipe is
    Artisan bread in less than 5 minutes a day

    I always keep dough in my refrigerator

  38. Excited to try this olive oil cake recipe! My go to recipe for comfort food is Ina Garten’s meatloaf.

  39. I have a few that are huge hits anytime I bring them to parties and potlucks – spinach and cheese quiche, shrimp burgers, guacamole salad, cranberry salsa and an amazing pasta salad that is a dupe of The Shed’s Mama Mia Mac Salad.
    I would love to win Lidey’s book to make some of her recipes to share with friends and family!

  40. 5 stars
    I would love a copy of Lidey’s book! And my go-to recipe…Your no-knead bread with King Arthur Harvest Grains tossed in for crunch and texture. Thank you, Zoe!

  41. While baking is my first love (I just tried Claire Saffitz’s recipe for Almond Butter Banana Bread was wowed!), my new go-to recipe of hers is her Red Curry Lentils with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach. I made it for dinner last night and am obsessed! Cannot wait to try this olive oil cake!

  42. I am known in my extended family for making fresh peach dumplings every summer. I am very proud of this. 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  43. 5 stars
    Lemon and rosemary–favorite favors in my house!
    My favorite recipe is a very tasty bar recipe made with vegetable oil, heated, and flour, eggs, spices, walnuts and raisins.
    At 12 years old, I baked it to enter in the county fair as a 4-H project. I won best in class and my bars went to the State Fair. What a rush for a young girl!

  44. 5 stars
    My favorite recipe is a braised roast in a simple tomato and garlic sauce. Nothing too fancy, served with lots of garlic bread!

  45. 5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. My go to is my version of a good old fashion chocolate chip cookie.

  46. My go-to recipe is a moist, delicious banana bread, as I always seem to have over ripe bananas laying around, and the recipe is super easy. I will often sub applesauce for most of the butter or oil in the recipe to make it a bit more healthy, and the taste is just as great as ever!

  47. Buttermilk pie flavored with lemon juice and lemon zest and served with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

  48. I can’t wait to try this cake recipe! My go to dessert is a lemon tart, but I regularly make hummus to have on hand almost all the time.

  49. 5 stars
    Cake looks and sounds amazing! Looking forward to making it. My go to is Zoe’s blueberry muffins!

  50. I have a couple of go to’s:
    Zoe’s chocolate zucchini cake-best I have ever made!
    My grandmothers Easter Pie recipe- it’s like a pizza rustica.
    And my favorite chocolate cake cake with ganache recipe I found 35 years ago in Bon Appetit-it was a recipe furnished by a NYC fireman who baked it for the squad.

  51. I can’t wait to try this recipe! My go-to, sure fire loved by everyone: Silver Palette Cookbook’s Shortbread Hearts

  52. 5 stars
    I want to make this in a Bundt pan. Do you think that would work?
    My go-to is banana bread made with olive oil instead of butter, because I always have some blackening bananas on the counter, and olive oil makes the best baked recipes.

  53. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! ! Yum! I can honestly say that having a “go to” recipe is impossible for me as there is so little time to bake everything that I want to! (Especially if you watch the Great British Bake show, I mean come on!) I try to bake something new all the time. Even if I baked something that is beyond fantastic, I probably won’t ever bake it again. :/ Sigh.

  54. I love an olive oil cake! My go to is a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cake from the Lund’s and Byerly’s magazine a few years ago. I’ve modified it for mini-cupcakes. It is usually a hit at family gatherings.

  55. My favorite go to is my Mom’s buttermilk coffee cake.
    The recipe is over 65 years old. Mom passed away in December, so this recipe has a very special place in my heart.

  56. 5 stars
    Shortcake is our go-to. We can turn it into either sweet or savory, depending on what is fresh when going to the market. As for the “Lemon-Rosemary-Olive Oil cake, it is now on the menu for this weekend.

  57. 5 stars
    I have 2 go-to recipes. One is for a banana bread, the other is a zucchini bread made with crushed pineapple. So moist and flavorful.

  58. My go-to is my paternal grandmother’s pineapple upside down cake. Very 1960s retro, but everyone always loves it and it’s an easy from-scratch cake. Thanks for the chance to win; looking forward to trying this recipe!

  59. 5 stars
    Love anything Olive Oil!

    My favorite recipe is Ottolenghi’s “Sweet” book and that’s the “Middle Eastern’s Millionaire’s Shortbread”

    A millionaire Shortbread is sssentially a delicious bar but Ottolenghi adds some Halva and Tahini caramel to the mix and it’s just a showstopper every single time with the most delicate yet bold flavors. and it’s so easy to make!

  60. 5 stars
    So many favorites. When I am feeling inspired and want to have something special, I turn to my mother’s family’s version of Eggplant Parmesan. I delight in converting eggplant haters to lovers of this delectable vegetable when cooked and prepared this way. The recipe has never been written down, it’s passed on in the old tradition of observation and first-hand experience. Part of what is uniquely woven into the preparing of this dish is the good company of memories, of cooking and sharing time with my mother, in addition to the joy of making, serving and sharing this delicious meal.

  61. 5 stars
    I have never made an olive oil cake before, but will make this one. I wish I could write down my go to recipe, however, I don’t have one. I like to try new recipes too much.

  62. 5 stars
    My favorite go to is chocolate oatmeal bundt cake with quick caramel icing…. Husband’s favorite cake.
    This lemon rosemary cake looks delicious.

  63. This cake looks a treat. My go to is Rose Levy Beranbaum’s banana cake with chocolate sour cream ganache.

  64. Hello all. So many favorites. When I am feeling inspired and want to have something special, I turn to my mother’s family’s version of Eggplant Parmesan. My whole life I have never come across a preparation that is the same as the Fusco girls (my mother and her sisters maiden name) recipe. I delight in converting eggplant haters to lovers of this delectable vegetable when cooked and prepared this way. The recipe has never been written down, it’s passed on in the old tradition of observation and first-hand experience. Part of what is uniquely woven into the preparing of this dish is the good company of memories, of cooking and sharing time with my mother, in addition to the joy of making, serving and sharing this delicious meal.

  65. My go-to is a recipe we call Princess Brownies in my family–brownies with a slightly sweet cream-cheese swirl. Crispy on the edges, and cakey in the middle, with a gooey cream cheese that just balances out the sweetness of the chocolate!
    Love Lidey’s new book and looking forward to cooking from it many times!

  66. My easiest go to dessert… Pecan, graham craker, and browned butter crust chocolate cream pie topped with whipped cream and shaved bittersweet chocolate.

  67. 5 stars
    My go-to recipe is Pavlova! It’s simple yet dramatic, can hold any topping (I love mixed berries). It’s somehow both decadent *and* light and airy. I love it!

  68. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great and easy to try.
    My go-to is a chocolate cake that we call “the family cake” as it is something we had growing up. It is a simple chocolate cake with a cup of hot coffee that bakes up dark, moist and a but fudgy. Never fail recipe-

  69. 5 stars
    My go to recipe would be either your lemon pound cake recipe or an easy strawberry rhubarb galette made with some spelt flour in the crust. Or a blueberry rye pie. So hard to choose!

  70. This cake looks fantastic – and couldn’t be better timed (I was just looking for something to make with the suddenly abundant rosemary from my garden 🙂 ). I’m always experimenting, so it’s hard to pick a go-to, but mine is probably an old shortbread recipe that I’ve adapted into different versions over the years (almond, brown butter-hazelnut, coconut-pandan, peppermint…). And, of course, your amazing Devil’s Food cake, which never fails – and goes with just about everything 🙂 (my mom is a chocolate person, so I’ve made several birthday cakes with it, each year with a different filling: raspberry-pistachio, banoffee, coconut and salted caramel, cannoli, peanut butter buttercream and toffee, cookies & cream…).

  71. 5 stars
    An almond marzipan cake that is quick to put together. I make the almond paste – another quick and easy aspect. This beauty falls into the category of “simple, elegant, and delicious.”
    (I just read the Lemon-Rosemary-Olive Oil recipe but haven’t made, so…Rating will have to be for my own recipe?!)

  72. My go-to is a recipe I developed for an irresistibly rich, positively addictive buttery French almond cake I fell in love with several decades ago called Pain de Gênes. The baker who used to make the cake owned a small bake shop on Eastern Long Island. When the shop closed, in about 1978, Bess, the baker, took all her secrets with her. (She wouldn’t even divulge the recipe for her walnut cake with chocolate frosting to Craig Claiborne, then the food editor at the New York Times, who shopped there often.) The Pain de Gênes was a kind of holy grail of cakes for me. It took a long time to nail the recipe, but now that I have, I love baking it and sharing it. (My recipe can be found on Food52.)

  73. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious and I am looking forward to baking it. My go to recipe for a couple of years now has been the rye bread recipe from your cookbook The Best of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It’s now embedded in my memory bank and there’s always a container of rye dough in my fridge these days. We love it:)

  74. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this olive cake recipe! It’s next on my list. My go to is a lemon blueberry bundt cake although i’ve recently been making a variation using jiffy cornbread mix with a cup of frozen blueberries. Super simple. Increase the cooking time by about 10 minutes. Who knew?!?!?! Cornbread and blueberries!!!

  75. 5 stars
    My current go-to (things change with the seasons in my kitchen) is the IP American-Style Goulash from the Washington Post (via cookbook author Gina Homolka). Every time I make it, my husband gushes, and it truly does get better with age. PLUS, it’s so easy—huge return for very little time or effort invested.

  76. Lately, I am enjoying the Multigrain Pancakes from Super Natural Simple (Heidi Swanson) for breakfast.

  77. This looks both beautiful and delicious. My go-to recipe is Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. Makes a lot! Perfect for sharing.

  78. 5 stars
    I love olive oil cakes. I started following you on Instagram a couple of years ago. I’ve already learned how to make bread from your Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes book but I am yet to buy any of your other books. Anyways, my current go-to recipe is for Bon Appetit’s Burnt Basque Cheesecake. It is sublime and repeatable.


  79. My favorite go to savory is baking a rosemary and olive bread. The aroma, playing with dough, and dreaming of eating a slice at a long wood table outdoors in Tuscany. And, LOL I Savor the thought!

  80. My go to recipe is Indian Fry Bread Tacos and it would be wonderful if you would give that an update. It is good the kids love it, but I made your Oatmeal, Rum Rasin Cookies and they were just above all others. Could you revamp the toco recipe?

  81. 5 stars
    What a beautiful cake✨ My go to cake recipe is a very similar cake but uses almond flour (I’m gf). I love the idea of simmering the rosemary in the oil for the fragrance, since it is such an overpowering herb. Would love a copy of Lidey’s book❣️

  82. 5 stars
    I’ve always felt ambivalent about Olive Oil Cakes but this one looks so delicious that I am inspired to make it! It’s really hard to pick just one go to recipe, lol. But I would say it’s Nutmeg forward Donut Muffins that I stuff with a frozen ball of Nutella before baking and then I dip and roll the whole thing in cinnamon sugar. They’re so delicious.

  83. My go to bake recently is a Kansas sunflower bread recipe from King Arthur Flour. But I love, love it he Zoe Bakes Cakes cookbook!

  84. This looks simple but elegant and the flavor sounds delicious. My go to recipe is a Browned Butter Sourdough Discard Chocolate Chip Cookie with Walnuts. Everyone I’ve made them for absolutely loves them and can’t stop at one.

  85. My go to for all around savory
    (and comfort) is:
    Baking from scratch,
    a Rosmary and Green Olive Bread. Aroma, playing with dough, and savory thoughts of eating it at a long wooden table in the shade in Tuscany!
    I savor the thought!

  86. My go-to family favorite recipe is my mom’s homemade spaghetti. My adult children still request it for their birthday dinner.

  87. 5 stars
    O I can wait to make this! Love a good olive oil cake ☺️✨ My favorite go to recipe is a Thai papaya salad! Love the crispy crunchy texture, the yummy flavor and the excited surprise on my friends faces when they come over for dinner and that’s the star of the night!

  88. For savory, my go-to recipe is a simple miso salmon that only needs two hours of marinating then you pop it under the broiler and serve it with jasmine rice and a steamed veggie like bok choy. So good! For sweet, I like an ancient lemon bar recipe that I think came from the LA Times, or a rhubarb crisp (when I can find rhubarb in Southern California!) Thank you for the recipe…I love olive oil cake!

  89. Looks delicious – lately I have been craving Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies – that bit of chili or cayenne just puts them over the top.

  90. My go-to recipe is the No Fuss Focaccia from King Arthur Flour Company. I top it with Everything Bagel Seasoning. I am always welcome at get together when I come bearing this.

  91. I always have World Peace cookies close by. They are a deep, dark chocolate cookie, somewhat like a sable. From Dorie and David.

  92. Coffeecake is hands down my go-to recipe for a dinner that has snuck up on me! It’s easy to mix together, you can bake it while you do other things, and it always turns out yummy.

  93. 5 stars
    My go to recipe is a chocolate chip bread pudding. It was a recipe given to me by my cousin and my husbands family would be so upset if I didn’t make it for our annual holiday party.

  94. My go to dessert is pistachio cake! It’s delicious and versatile – breakfast, book club, dessert – it does it all. For the chocolate lover, it’s gotta be Zoe’s lava cake!

  95. Dorrie Greenspan’s Breakfast Banana Bread (for anytime really). I make it GF, and it is delicious everytime.

  96. 5 stars
    This is lovely. My go-to recipe is a Swedish almond cake in the fluted pan. So simple and lovely, hoes with lemon curd, betties or just powdered sugar

  97. 5 stars
    Browsing a dusty bookstore in the Moroccan city of Rabat in the year 2000, I found a well-loved copy of Tassajara Cooking by Edward Epse Brown. The real deal paperback 1970s edition. So many recipes had been cooked from it over and over – some so annotated they were fully different from the original. I bought it and cooked from it often the year I lived in Morocco. The granola recipe has always been my go-to. Ten cups dry ingredients, half cup oil, half cup honey. Add dried fruit after. Bake it low for an hour. That’s all. I made this as a take-home gift for my 100 wedding guests in 2009. I see other granola recipes – it’s trendy to make now – promising clumps, using three times the fat and baking in one third of the time. They’re fine, but I love my recipe. It’s all I need.

  98. 5 stars
    A triple layer, 9 inch cake of any flavor, with fluffy American or cream cheese buttercream frosting is always a hit – both delicious and impressive. I have a yummy recipe for cherry- walnut cake and also one for a cake with three different layers – spiced chocolate, almond, and vanilla. Of course, a good chocolate or white cake is always a crowd pleaser too. Thanks Zoe for sharing your baking knowledge and inspiration!!!

  99. My go to dessert is a thick crunchy on the outside but softer on the inside full of chocolate chips – chocolate chip cookie. My aunt makes them and passed the recipe on to me. They have 4 cups of chocolate chips which gives you a lot of chocolate taste in every bite!

  100. This cake looks delicious – may be my next go to recipe! My current one is an Apple Sharlotka from Food & Wine or my Mom’s fruit crisp.

  101. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! One of the recipes that gets the most accolades from my guests is a plum tart. I’ve found the recipe all over the internet, but I think Ina Garten is where it originated. It is unbelievably delicious, way simple, and can be made with either fresh or frozen plums. Lucky for us we have friends with tons of fruit trees and they give us plums by the bucketful. I use them fresh, but prep and freeze what I can’t use immediately so we have plum tarts all year long!

  102. 5 stars
    My favorite go-to dessert recipe is for puff pastry apple turnovers. One box will make 8 good size turnovers and I precook the chopped apples a bit to soften, adding brown sugar and spices. Great warm with vanilla ice cream or warmed the next morning with coffee.

  103. For savory, my go to recipe is Stuffed Spinach Shells. For sweet, my go to recipe is La Maison du Chocolat’s Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. It’s absolutely divine! Thanks for the opportunity to win her cookbook. I can’t wait to try the cake. Yum!

  104. My go to is always my brown butter chocolate chip cookie with walnut recipe. Everyone loves it and it tastes like home to my kids. They always ask for it and when I send it to them, they know that it was baked with love – just for them.

  105. Besides your Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’ve been making a side dish of roasted small potatoes and mushrooms with shallots and garlic and seasoned with rosemary salt and fresh ground pepper. Such a nice & easy accompaniment for pork loin or steak. This cake would be a great way to finish the meal! Looking forward to trying it!

  106. My go to is a fruit crostata. Once the pie crusts are made, I can “bake it my own” using a variety of different fruits. A favorite is pear with blueberries!

  107. My go to is a southern cream cheese pound cake, so good on its own, with fruit, ice cream, or just hot from oven with extra butter! I’ve been wanting to try an olive oil cake and trust you and Lidey for a Winner!

  108. 5 stars
    I want this Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake to be my new go-to recipe for this summer! I typically make a Broccoli Slaw as my go to summer recipe but dessert is more fun, right

  109. I am a fan of olive oil baking so have dozens of go-to recipes. Two of my favorites are Alice Medrich’s Sherry and Olive Oil Cake, and Melissa Clark’s Olive Oil Brownies!

  110. My favorite go to is a simple banana bread . My daughter in law is gluten intolerant and I use almond flour for her so she can enjoy a sweet treat with the rest of us. She was thrilled that I made this for her when she & my son started dating .

  111. I’m commenting on this recipe! Thank you for sending to all!
    I have a plentiful garden of rosemary and to have received this recipe and allow this wonderful herb to intermingle with a cake! It’s really a simple recipe yet it’s the simple ness of blending it with olive oil and citrus that makes this cake so delicious. Simpleness is joy!
    Thank you so much!
    Love your peace cookies!!!!! Peace to all who bake!

  112. My go to recipes tend to change with the season. Right now we are on the edge of rhubarb season here and I am dreaming about my friend Mary Lynn’s grandmother’s Rhubarb Cake. It is a dark (from brown sugar) spice cake which I bake in a deep fluted tart pan. The top gets crunchy and the sweetness contrasts so nicely with the tartness of the Rhubarb. This old-fashioned cake is the harbinger of Spring baking for me!

  113. 5 stars
    My best friend’s Italian Father passed away on Monday. The Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil cake is a perfect tribute to the family of a proud Italian American. Looking forward to making it and presenting it to the family.

  114. I have a recipe off a bag of store brand chocolate chips that never fails me. This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  115. 5 stars
    My go-to dinner is spaghetti with a tomato “gravy” that has simmered for an hour with pieces of hot Italian sausage. The sausage is incredible after an hour of cooking over low heat.

  116. I love to make popovers! So magical & easy & delicious slathered with butter. People are always amazed & smile!

  117. 5 stars
    This looks elegant and delicious, can’t wait to bake it! My go to recipe are lemon bars with a brown butter crust! This would be a perfect pairing!

  118. My Go to recipe is my mother-in-laws coffee cake recipe. Not only is it a fabulous recipe but I think of her every time I make one.

  119. 5 stars
    My go-to dessert is Boston cream poke cake. It is made in a 9×13 pan. Instead of filling layers of cake, I poke holes and spread with vanilla pudding. If you spread the ganache all the way to the edges to seal, it freezes well.

  120. My go to for dessert is GF vegan chocolate chip cookie bars, a variation on the recipe by Anna Mosely… not very exciting, but still manages to be a hit, plus vegans and allergy folks are happy to have an option that fits their needs at events!

  121. My go-to is Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake from How to Be a Domestic Goddess.
    It’s so easy, so good on its own, but can also handle your favorite seasonal toppings.

  122. 5 stars
    Chocolate Lava Cake is my go to. Everyone is always so impressed and they have no idea how easy it is to make!

  123. 5 stars
    I have an oil cake on my baking bucket list…My go to are cookies. I always have these in the freezer for when someone comes by. Thanks!

  124. hmm
    If I’m bringing sweet treat, my go to recipe is often a dark chocolate, toasted walnut, vanilla, coconut banana bread or bundt cake with ganache drizzle.

  125. 5 stars
    My go to recipe comes from your neck of the woods….a Scandinavian Almond Cake. I love that it’s just five pantry ingredients (once you have a bottle of good almond extract). I bought the special pan for it & it makes for a nice presentation & easy portioning. *Note* I used to have problems with the cake sticking to the band. You’ll have no problems if the pan is well greased & you let it cool for exactly 10 minutes (out of the oven) before flipping it over.

  126. My go to recipe is Lemon/Poppy Seed scones. I am still on a quest for the best scone recipe but I have a couple that I really like! My family loves when the scone fairy makes a delivery to their front porch.

  127. Zoe! My kids and I love watching you bake. Please make another season of your show! Watching in bed snuggled up is one of our happy places. 🙂

    A go-to recipe for our family is Ina’s pesto. It’s easy and fresh and delicious.

  128. My go to recipe is Double Chocolate Cake, I have been baking it for more than 20 years. On the savory side, Chicken Marbella is a crowd pleaser.

  129. 5 stars
    My go to recipe is a one pan chocolate cake that is so easy and delicious straight out of the oven or days later – if it lasts that long.

  130. One of my favorite recipes, who can pick just one??! is Zoe’s almond cranberry coffee cake, I just tried it for the first time last year and it is now on my must bake list. I freeze cranberries to make it year round and it is lovely in the spring and summer with not only coffee but an almond or nut tea sitting on the deck with friends. Tart yet delicious bites of sweetness and moistness, I have been know to serve with whipped cream, lemon curd, ice cream, and clotted cream!

  131. My go-to is an almond cake that uses almond flour and whipped egg whites for lift. Super yummy, easy and gluten free!

  132. My go to dessert recipe is a Foolproof Flourless Chocolate Cake–turns out great every time and the topping possibilities are endless!

  133. 5 stars
    This recipe looks wonderful, I’m loving the single layer cakes. My go to recipe is a scone. I can make is savory or sweet, the family favorite is a cherry & almond scone i make during the winter months.

  134. My go-to recipe is my mom’s enchiladas (modified from another recipe). They are always a hit, can feed a crowd, and make great leftovers!

  135. This olive oil cake looks wonderful! I’m going to try it with my Meyer Lemons. My go to recipe is Scones – sweet or savory. Made with ricotta if I have it and whatever is in season, especially Rhubarb Almond.

  136. 5 stars
    This looks so scrummy! Appreciate your sharing delicious surprises so we can, 8n turn, spoil our friends and family! My go to recipe is chicken or tenderloin stir fry!

  137. 5 stars
    Most requested: Chicken Vesuvio from the “Garlic by Candlelight” cookbook by Tiritilli’s restaurant (now closed, 1970’s) in Northlake, IL. Can’t believe it was only $5.95 – pricey back then.

    Most requested at work: Pumpkin-Mocha Swirl Bundt Cake from “Zoe Bakes cakes.” Received this book as a Secret Santa gift this year and slowly bringing treats into work. The team is very, very happy.

  138. My go to is Cheesecake. Everyone loves it. I make it in my pressure cooker. I change out the toppings

  139. My go-to recipe is chocolate-mint brownies. They were always a favorite when my kids took a birthday treat to school.

  140. My go-to is my mother-in-law’s Apricot Cobbler, baked in a jelly roll pan so it’s like a tart. Can’t wait for Apricot season. Thank you for the opportunity to win this cookbook.

  141. This cake looks heavenly. My go to is blueberry crumb pie.
    It’s a family favorite and doesn’t last long in my house.
    Thank you for sharing.

  142. I love a good olive oil cake and look forward to trying this recipe! My favorite go to sweet recipe is Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies (the original version). They come together quickly but always feel special to me — and a little bit fancy. 🙂

  143. Thanks so much for the giveaway! My go to recipe would be scones. Cream scones with dried cherries, ginger scones, mixed berry scones. You can’t go wrong with a scone!

  144. Alice Waters’ caramelized onion tart (with a simple salad) is my go-to. I did just make your hot chocolate cake w/ homemade marshmallows for my mom’s 71st birthday and it was a massive hit (esp. the marshmallows, which got devoured by kiddos and adults alike). Thanks for a great recipe!

  145. my go to recipe is my homemade spanaikopita with a bit of a twist. I add spinach and kale along with fennel and onion to the filling. In addition, a bit of ricotta along with feta and lots of dill go into the filling which is then put into a filo crust. It makes a large amount, but freezes quite well. It’s labor intensive but worth the effort.

  146. When I’m asked to bring dessert to a gathering, my go-to-recipe is always an Earthquake Cake. I get lots of compliments.

  147. My go to Rosh Hoshannah recipe is Brisket Frank Sinatra from a local Hadassah cookbook I received at my bridal shower 40 years ago, which is served with a tsimmes of prunes apricots and lemon peel. It is still everyone’s favorite to this day.

  148. 5 stars
    I have a Meyer lemon tree named Matilda. She is luscious and bountiful. In the summer I use the fruit for a lemon shortbread tart. It is a family favorite.

  149. 5 stars
    I have a Meyer lemon tree. Her name is Matilda. She is bountiful, and luscious. I make a shortbread lemon tart from her every summer and in the winter in December I make lemon cream chicken pasta dish .
    Daphne M

  150. Go to recipe is a roasted chicken stuffed with goat cheese croutons. Elevated comfort with rosemary garlic roasted potatoes and green beans with shallots. Heaven!

  151. It’s so hard to think of a favorite. I have so many go to savory and sweet recipes. I think my biggest go to dessert is using whatever fruit is seasonal to make a galette.

  152. I love olive oil cakes! This one has me tempted. Go to recipe usually involves pasta because I can do so much with it. Tonight, pancetta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes with garlic oil and Parm. Easy!

  153. 5 stars
    My go to recipe is my granny’s peach cobbler, topped with vanilla bean ice cream. It brings back my favorite childhood memories and honors the woman who was my kitchen role model as she farmed peaches ❤️‍

  154. This cake sounds delicious! I am a carrot cake devotee all the way Love the spicy warmth of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg (I have my own grinder) and cloves The finale is a creamy decadent cream cheese frosting.
    Oh my, I could lick the bowl and usually do For anyone who hasn’t tried it….it’s amazing experience

  155. 5 stars
    My go to bake for every single one of my son’s birthdays is the yellow cake from your Zoe Bakes Cakes cookbook. Every single kid and parent always tells me how much they love it. I change up the frostings and decorations, but the cake is a win. Every. Single. Time!

  156. Breads are my jam according to my family. I enjoy baking, especially buns and I dabble with sourdough! Looking forward to trying my hand at the Olive oil rosemary cake. Sounds interesting.

  157. Your olive oil cake sounds so delicious. Will have to try soon! My go to recipe although savory is my absolute favorite. It is turkey tetrazzini. I just love using left over turkey from the holidays to make this decadent and delicious treat.

  158. 5 stars
    I have a variety of “go to” recipes that I use time and time again and love. However, if I have to pick ONE (ouch!), I would have to pick my grandmother’s Christmas Pecan Dreams Cookies. Yes, there are many recipes out there for this kind of cookie with multi-variations (e.g., Mexican Wedding Cookies comes to mind). But this particular “go to recipe” hold this honor, because if I DON’T make it at Christmas (unheard of!), I will receive the wrath of all family members, sibs, niece, nephews, friends, neighbors – and more. To me, a “go to recipe” is not just one that I like and trust and is delicious (those I have many), but also one that brings special joy to folks I care about and has meaning beyond the food itself. So, that’s got to be my Grandma Alyce’s Pecan Dream Cookies!

  159. I will always go to any good Chocolate Chip cookie recipe!
    I want to try this Olive Oil Cake! I have been intrigued for a while by the idea of Olive Oil cake!

  160. My favorite go-to that always impresses is the Zoe recipe for individual flourless chocolate lava cakes. The best thing is that they can be prepped ahead and baked right before serving. The recipe is full proof and results are stunning. Everyone thinks this is way more work than it is. Thanks Zoe!

  161. 5 stars
    Being a southern girl, I love a good Red Velvet Cake and have been baking them for years. They’re a show-stopper on a dessert buffet and, oh, that cream cheese frosting. Mmm!

    Can’t wait to try this olive oil cake recipe! I’ve only had olive oil cake once and it was sooo good!

  162. 5 stars
    This cake looks perfect for summer. My favorite sweet recipe is lemon meringue pie from my grandmother. It brings back such nice memories of her and my aunts. We would make a pie together. Both were such good bakers. I miss them.

  163. I can’t wait to try this Rosemary Olive Oil cake! Anything that has the edition of lemon is right up my alley.
    My go to desserts are Flourless Chocolate Cake and for the youngers Magic Bars!

  164. Cakes like this are right up my alley! But, my go-to cake (especially in the summer) is Angel Food Cake. I have chickens and to keep the eggs from piling up, I make different flavors and variations of Angel Food Cake from the whites. I recently made a coconut Angel Food Cake that turned out amazing! Who knew Angel Food Cake from scratch was so delicious?

  165. My go to recipe for special occasions is north Douglas chocolate cake from fiddlehead cookbook in Juneau alaska

  166. Dinner is spaghetti, with a sauce that has simmered for a couple of hours. Dessert is apple crisp, sour cream coffee cake and any type of cake.

  167. This looks divine! My fav go-to recipe is one that Amy Thielen posted on her Instagram page in 2020: The Nooch’s Famous Salt and Pepper Chicken. Simple, cheap, and incredibly delicious. Chicken thighs roasted in the oven until their skins blister—crispy, salty, oh so good! My entire family eats this will happy faces!

  168. 5 stars
    This recipe looks wonderful! I will definitely be trying it soon. Right now my go to is rye ginger scones with Swedish Pearl sugar on top, homemade butter and homemade rhubarb, hibiscus, cherry jam.

  169. Go to recipe is Zoe’s Super Bowl Bars! I get to feel like a mad scientist of decadence making it and I LOVE friends guessing what is in them. Thank you for the fun recipes and I can’t wait to try Lidey’s olive oil cake!

  170. 5 stars
    Go to recipe? One published years ago by Land O Lakes. Rosemary, almond paste and corn meal. Keeps well for days! When stone fruit is perfectly ripe one from Zoe Bakes!

  171. The book — and cake — look amazing! My go-to recipe is Marcella Hazan’s simple tomato sauce.

    1. I have so many go-to recipes…how to choose one?! But I guess the one I’ve been making the longest is the flourless chocolate cake from the Mast Brothers’ chocolate cookbook. It’s always a crowd pleaser! The one year I didn’t bring it to Passover (because I had a newborn) my husband’s aunt was all bent out of shape. And that’s a woman who rarely eats dessert!

      1. Love a new cookbook! My go to recipe, Tara Jensen’s Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies! My family loves them. Happy Baking!

  172. 3 stars
    One of my go-to recipes is a orange cake by Ottolenghi but I also love a lemon poppyseed loaf ❤️ olive oil definitely takes a cake up a notch and I love the rosemary added on!

  173. My go to recipe for comfort is always a simple banana bread recipe that doesn’t require any eggs or milk. My great Aunt Sally sent me a cookbook in 1980 from Green Springs Va full of old tried and true recipes and this was one of them.

    1. Tuna, basil, lemon pasta. Simple but so crave worthy that my kids ask me to make it whenever they visit.

  174. 5 stars
    My go to recipe is Zoe’s blueberry muffins! I always know that when I’m too tired on a Sunday night to even think about the breakfast in the mornings at my house , blueberry muffins are a quick easy answer. I have tried many recipes, and Zoe’s are the best!

  175. 5 stars
    My favorite recipe is your Diva cake, while it looks stunning it is very easy to make and the flavors are wonderful together.

  176. 5 stars
    Go-to recipe is a chocolate raspberry cake with an episode of Zoe Bakes playing while I bake! love to make a gluten-free variant for my family, as well!

  177. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this with some olive oil I brought back from Italy! My latest go-to recipe (it tends to change) is basque cheesecake that gets rave reviews from everyone who eats it!

    1. My go to recipe is a kale salad from Susan Spungen. So adaptable and delicious. Everyone loves this salad!

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