I tried Jennifer Garner's Easy Olive Oil Cake — it bakes like a dream.


Jennifer Garner occasionally takes to Instagram to share a recipe, pretending she's hosting a cooking show, from old-school classics like strawberry chiffon pie to perfect lemonade from Simply Recipes with her mom. up to. While Garner is no expert cook, I can tell from her mannerisms that her cooking skills are just as amazing as her on-screen talent.

Most recently, Garner blessed the Internet with a special episode of his pretend cooking show where he was joined by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of popular restaurant Jon & Vinny's in Los Angeles. Just in time for spring, they joined Garner to create their famous Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Lucky for me, I had all the ingredients and you probably do too.

Ingredients suggestions

Amaro del Capo: Amaro is an herbal liqueur that can range from extremely sweet to herbal and medicinal. I'd stick to a sweet, floral amaro for this cake, or swap it out for a little more vanilla extract if you don't have it on hand.

Olive Oil: For olive oil, use “good” olive oil. The cake calls for a cup and a half (yes, you read that right!), so your olive oil flavor is the star of the show. To boost the olive oil's fruity and floral notes, fresh lemon zest and juice are added, along with a touch of orange zest.

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Jennifer Garner's Olive Oil Cake Recipe

The cake comes together by hand – no stand mixer required. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups olive oil, 3 large eggs, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 1/4 cups whole milk, 2/3 cup lemon juice, the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tablespoon amaro del capo.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until combined. In the video, Shook and Dotolo indicate that a few lumps are fine. Over mixing can lead to a tough cake. The speed at which I was able to put this cake together impressed me—it was in the oven in under 10 minutes!

Before baking, sprinkle 1/4 cup turbinado sugar over the batter. It will caramelize in the oven, giving the cake a toe die for a crispy top. Bake the cake in a 350°F oven for about an hour.

The cake tastes almost like it's been soaked in lemon syrup after baking, and is perfect with just a dusting of powdered sugar. This is truly an anytime cake. I enjoyed a slice for breakfast with my coffee, but it would be just as wonderful for an elegant dinner party or spring holiday dessert.

It's safe to say I'll be making the cake again, but more importantly, every time I make it I'll be thinking about the charity that Garner, Shook, and Dotolo share in support: Baby2Baby. This charity provides essential items such as diapers, clothing and car seats to children living in poverty in the United States. In short, make this priceless cake, save the recipe, and donate to a good cause while you bake! And consider this my formal request to make Jennifer Garner's drama cooking show real.

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