Updated English Pound Cake Recipe

An olive oil update of traditional English pound cake. Smashing!

Olive Oil Cakes – A Classic English Pound Cake Recipe, Updated

Who doesn’t love pound cake? This classic English dessert is so-named because its name is also its recipe: a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar – and some eggs. So, what better dessert to celebrate the new season of Downton Abbey this Sunday evening on PBS?

Kelly Family 2013 Downton Abby Feast

Last year, our family had a Downton Abbey feast in honor of the upcoming 2013 season – with sticky toffee pudding as a finale. This year’s finale: Pound Cake!

Because I love both the taste and texture of olive oil in desserts, I decided to swap out the butter in classic pound cake for olive oil. These cakes would be a fabulous pair with most any fruits – I had strawberries on hand this time, but other fruits – mangoes, peaches, blueberries – would also be smashing!

I will be tuning in this Sunday – with a slice of this English delight!


Makes 10 individual cakes; Prep time 15 minutes; Cook time 40 minutes

5 large eggs, separated, plus two large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup agave nectar (or sugar or honey)
Zest and juice from one lemon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whip the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar to stiff peaks stage. Set aside. Mix together the egg yolks, agave nectar, lemon zest and juice and vanilla. Whisk in the oil. Whisk in the flour. Gently fold egg whites into batter.

Spray 10 one-cup ramekins with oil. Fill ramekins 2/3 full with batter. Bake on a baking sheet in center of oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until lightly brown and firm in center. Let cool and then invert onto serving plates.

Serve frosted with a butter cream or cream cheese frosting and sliced fresh fruit or berries.

Check out other Downton delicacies:

Downton Abbey Cocktail, The Kitchn
Downton Abbey Dinner Party, cbsop
Downton Abbey Painted Cupcakes, Cupcakes take the Cake
Downton Bash, Kath Eats Real Food
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes, Cupcake Project

— posted by Donna


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