Saturday, April 8, 2017

citrus cakelets

I rarely bake these days since we try not to eat sugar and white flour ~ though once in awhile I'll bake a healthy treat that uses pure maple syrup and almond or oat flour.

But when I saw this recipe for Olive Oil Cakelets in last Sunday's Chicago Tribune, I had to try them. I know the title of this post says Citrus Cakelets, not Olive Oil Cakelets. But since these little cakes have citrus in them and the word citrus sounds much prettier than olive oil, I call them Citrus Cakelets. ;-)

 I made them with fresh lemon...and let me tell you, they are were (we ate them all) phenomenal!

Just look at the inside of one of these cakelets: so airy and moist.

Without any further ado, here's the recipe. Go make them. But do yourself a favor and double the recipe. This recipe only makes five cakelets (muffin tin). The recipe says it makes six, but I filled my paper liners to near the top. 

1/2 cup plus 3 T all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar & used a little less than 1/2 c)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
6 T extra-virgin olive oil
6 T milk
1 large egg
1/2 tsp citrus zest
2 T citrus juice
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 c sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Place 6 free-standing paper cups on a baking sheet or line 6 cups in a muffin pan with paper baking cups. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, milk, egg, citrus zest, citrus juice and almond extract. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until combined. 

Divide batter evenly between cups. Top each cakelet with sliced almonds and dust lightly with sugar, if desired. (I didn't do this.) Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it.



  1. These look delicious and I'm glad you took a photo of the inside...yum! When you say citrus juice and zest. Do you mean something of our choice, like a lemon, lime, orange, etc.? I'm dying to make them and I have all of the ingredients on hand now. Another question. I've never had to spray the inside of paper wrappers, is there a reason for this?

    I hope all is well with your knee. I saw that you were at a Hawks game (lucky girl) so I'm imagining you are improving given the walking involved. Maybe the PT? Let me know how you are doing.

    I went off the NASTY meds so when my virus is over, I shouldn't have a problem catching every bug around. The new meds are approved and I'm waiting to find out of I'm eligible for a cut in price. Its an injectable and a nurse will come to my home to help out and wait to see if I have an allergic reaction. I can't tell you how happy I am that an end is in sight. My skin is so bad that I can only wear makeup when necessary, I have to apply vaseline to my cheeks and eyelid ever hour or the become dry and I can barely smile. My arms and legs are red and scaly and my legs have sores. Seriously, it looks like I have leprosy, whatever that looks like!!!

    Drop me a line! I'll let you know how the tartlets turn out...they would be sweet on the dessert table on Easter.

    Jane x

  2. They sure look good. I do love a good lemon cake. Replacing the egg in this recipe would be very easy so I'll play around with the recipe. :)

  3. These sound and look wonderful. I seldom bake because I then eat it all!!

  4. You had me at citrus! I love anything with a citrus flavor, and those muffins look delish. I'm Pinning this recipe for one of those days when I NEED something fresh baked right out of the oven. It sure would taste good with my coffee right now! Thanks for sharing, Melanie, and have a great day!

  5. I just saved this to my recipe file. It sounds like a delicious light bit of cake, Melanie. I can't wait to try these. xo Diana

  6. Those sounds really delicious, Melanie. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm sorry I've been missing your posts lately. I've had a lot going on and haven't been reading blogs as much lately. I hope you're all doing well!

  7. Yum. I'll definitely try these!

  8. These look to pin the recipe!! :)

  9. This sounds like the perfect little treat for springtime. I love the cupcake papers you used too. I will be trying these. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and your thoughts on the finished product.

  10. Those look so tasty!

    I hope your pain is better since your last post. And I'm glad you had a good time on your outing. Even though you said that restaurant sucked, the tacos looked good. I'm hungry though lol


  11. I pinned these! That picture of the inside sold me, can't wait to taste them. Maybe I'll triple the recipe?

    Happy Easter week, Melanie,


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