A glass of Roussanne wine gives this citrusy cake a light floral note. Use fruit with tightly fitting skins (loose-skinned ones are more difficult to zest) and a good olive oil that's been crushed with tangerines, rather than infused after crushing.
Vegetable oil for pan
About 2 1/2 cups flour
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups Roussanne, divided, or any other floral, fruity white wine, such as Viognier
3/4 cup tangerine olive oil or very fresh, fruity unflavored extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 teaspoons tangerine zest (from about 4 tangerines), plus 1 whole tangerine
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Lightly sweetened softly whipped cream (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Oil and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
Beat eggs and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Add 1 cup Roussanne, the tangerine olive oil, vanilla, and tangerine zest. Beat on low until blended, about 30 seconds.
Whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, and baking powder in another bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat on low speed to incorporate. Increase speed to medium and beat 30 seconds, then scrape down sides of bowl. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 30 seconds more to blend well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake cake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cake cool on rack, 5 minutes. Carefully run a thin knife between cake and pan to loosen, then invert cake onto rack.
Peel whole tangerine with a vegetable peeler. In a small saucepan, bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup Roussanne, and the tangerine peel to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved completely, about 5 minutes.
Poke deep holes in cake (about 50 holes spaced 1/2 in. apart) with a thin skewer.
Remove peel from hot syrup and spoon syrup over still-warm cake. Let cool completely and serve with whipped cream if you like.
I made this as dessert for a dinner party. topped the whipped cream with a little lemon zest to help cut the sweetness. PERFECT!
Also I used tangerines but blood orange olive oil from The Olive Press in No. California.
My bundt pan is dark so the first time it was too dry. The second time increased temp to 375. then added 1/2 C orange juice to the syrup, increased sugar to 3/4 cup and carefully poured the whole cup of syrup over the cake, amazing! This time it got gobbled up.
Made this cake for our family Christmas buffet and it was fabulous! I followed the recipe nearly precisely, except I swapped out oranges from our tree for the tangerines. The citrus flavor was intense and aromatic and delicious. Highly recommended.
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