NZ Woman's Weekly

Rosemary & honey olive oil cake

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The floral-scented rosemary is a delightful surprise and the cake stays ever so moist with the addition of olive oil. Serve as a teacake or with crème anglaise for a satisfying winter pudding.  

  • 200g butter
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup liquid honey (try to use a floral honey)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped

1 Preheat the oven to 175ºC. Line a 23cm springform tin with baking paper.

2 Using an electric beater, cream the butter, sugar and honey for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each, then mix in the sour cream and oil. Fold in the sifted flour and rosemary.

3 Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 40-50 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre.

4 Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with thickened cream and extra honey and rosemary.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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