The first cake I ever baked

I had the fortune of meeting Food Network Celebrity Chef, Giada De Laurentiis, about two years ago. After waiting for two hours to meet her, I finally got to talk to her and had her sign my copy of "Giada's Feel Good Food." She is extremely petite and her smile is even more radiant in person than on tv. I was so excited to tell her that the first cake I ever baked was her Almond Citrus Olive Oil cake. I told her I was 14 and it was the best cake I've ever made. She went on to ask me how old I was now- or then at the time of meeting her. When I told her I was 23 she closed her eyes and laughed and lowered her head to the table. Not sure what that was about but I'm happy she thought something was funny about me and/or the cake.

Here is a slightly creepy selfie with Giada in the background. We weren't allowed to take photos with her so had to do this haha.

A couple of Sundays ago I went on a cooking frenzy- actually I go on a cooking frenzy almost every Sunday- and I decided to make the cake. In the past the Almond Citrus Olive Oil cake would be moist and delicious. I always associated olive oil with savory dishes not desserts so I was interested in finding out how it would taste. After making the cake the first time I thought why don't we use olive oil in place of butter or vegetable oil in all cake recipes? Olive oil adds a velvety and fruity note to the batter. It's really luxurious.

Anyway I made just one variation when I made it a few Sundays ago. Instead of regular flour, I used what I had on hand which was gluten free flour. I wasn't sure how it turned out but I was excited about the outcome. I also used brown organic eggs, and after having brown organic eggs, I won't go back to white eggs. I used to think "Eh, $5 for eggs. Nah." but someone once told me "If you ever spent $5 on a shitty Starbucks latte and won't get $5 organic eggs that are better for you, then we can't be friends."


So the verdict in using gluten free flour: I'll never use regular flour for this cake ever again. It was a lot more moist, fluffy and it felt better eating it. I didn't feel bloated. If you'd like to try the recipe yourself you can find it here.