Citrus grape cake

Citrus grape cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins , plus cooling


Serves 8 - 10
A rustic Italian-style cake made with olive oil as well as butter. Wonderful eaten warm with a scoop of ice cream for pud

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal574
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.49g


  • 225ml dessert wine, such as Muscat de Beaumes
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g softened butter



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  • 3 eggs



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  • zest 1 orange



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  • zest 1 lemon



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  • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 225g plain flour, plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 175g grape, halved and seeded
  • 4-5 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Pour the wine into a small pan. Bring to the boil, then keep simmering until reduced down to 85ml – this will take 5-10 mins. Leave to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Brush a 23cm springform cake tin with olive oil, tip in 1 tbsp flour, then shake all over the pan until covered. Discard any excess. Beat together the sugar and butter until creamy and well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, then stir through the zests. Stir together the cooled wine and olive oil, then pour a little into the cake mix. Stir, then fold in a third of the flour and the baking powder. Keep alternating between adding the liquid and flour until everything has been incorporated and the batter is smooth.

  3. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin, then smooth the surface with the back of the spoon. Scatter the halved grapes over the top, then sprinkle over the sugar. Bake for 35-40 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Eat warm or cool. Will store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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17th Jul, 2018
This cake is so moist and has a fantastic crunchy, sweet top. Great for using an abundance of grapes. I had no dessert wine so used a mix of white wine and Filfar orange liquor. Also replaced muscovado with soft brown sugar and these substitutes worked just fine. When I told my husband I was making grape cake he was skeptical but loved the result!
24th Feb, 2016
My Italian colleague was so impressed by this cake, she said it reminded her of Tuscany:)) what higher praise can there be?! Very fragrant and delicately flavoured, utterly delicious.
17th Aug, 2015
Really love this recipe. I have a lot of grapes in my garden and wanted to use some up...ok not many but it's a start. I amended it quite a lot and it was still loved by all. I didn't have a sweet wine but used a small amount of cointreau and limoncello and so I didn't add the citrus either. Also had only two eggs and about half the quantity of olive oil but added a small pot of greek natural yoghurt. It turned out light and moist and very good with and without cream.
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20th Nov, 2011
This is my husband's favourite cake. It has a lovely moist texture and a great flavour. I always double up on the quantity of lemon and orange zest to get a lovely citrus hit. I don't always add the demerara sugar on the top, it works equally well without it. I bake it in a fan-assisted oven at 160 degrees and it always takes 50 minutes to cook to perfection.
30th Jul, 2011
Made this for a group of Spanish at a recent fiesta, they loved it and have requested that I make it again for after their grape harvest.
7th Oct, 2010
Wish I read the comments before I started baking. This has taken an extra 30 mins in my oven too and I was pushed for time. Wouldn't have started baking if I'd known but once cooked a lovely cake.
1st Oct, 2010
Made it with gluten free flour/baking powder and topped with gooseberries. V Good and freezes well. Could put any fruit on top.
29th Apr, 2010
Delicately flavoured cake. I added slightly more oil instead of the wine and it was still lovely. Did take an extra 30+ minutes to cook in our fan oven but worth waiting for
4th Oct, 2009
Served this cake when I hosted our knitting group and everyone loved it. I could not find Muscat de Beaumes wine, so I used a fairly cheap dessert wine instead. I cut the muscavado sugar to 150g. I baked it at 325F in my convection oven for 40 mins. It turned out great. It is definitely a keeper!
29th Dec, 2008
I don't normally like cakes but needed to use up excess grapes. This was easy to make and tastes delicious plus I can freeze it. I had to substitute the olive oil with grape oil as it was all I had in the cupboard but it still tasted brill. I agree with previous comments though it took more like 45-50 minutes to cook to perfection. Would taste brill with custard or ice cream whilst still warm. Will definately make again.


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