Ok, so maybe this doesn’t count as dinner but during these stressful times a little cake may not be such a bad thing. And guys, this cake is the ultimate! This is one of those impressively easy but incredibly delicious recipes that my husband found on the NYT Cooking (it’s my favorite recipe app).
For the crystallized rosemary:
10 small rosemary springs (no more than 1″)
1 egg white, lightly whisked
2 tsp caster sugar
For the cake:
2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened to grease the pan
2 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c evoo
1/2 c plus 1 tsp caster sugar
1 Tbs finely grater orange zest
1 1/2 Tbs finely chopped rosemary
2 large eggs
1/2 c sour cream
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
For the orange icing:
1 1/2 Tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
2 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 3/4 c confectioners sugar
At least 6 hours before you plan to ice the cake, prepare the crystallized rosemary: Brush rosemary on all sides with a little of the egg white and then dip it in the sugar, so the needles are lightly coated on all sides. Set aside on a wire rack to dry. Repeat with remaining rosemary.
Make the cake: Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit/160 degrees Celsius. Generously grease a 9-inch/23-centimeter Bundt pan with half the butter and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Butter again, generously, and then flour it, tapping away the excess.
Put olive oil, superfine sugar, orange zest and chopped rosemary leaves in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until combined, then add eggs, one at a time. Whisk for another minute, until thick, then add sour cream and mix until combined on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the whisk.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together into a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the olive oil mixture and mix until combined. Increase speed to high and whisk for 1 minute.
Scrape batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top with a small spatula. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cake is cooked and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. (You may want to trim the cake at this stage, if it rises unevenly, to allow it to sit flat on the plate.)
Prepare the icing: In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. When the cake has cooled, drizzle icing on top, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake, then top with the crystallized rosemary and serve.