Roasted Grape & Fennel Olive Oil Cake; by ful-filled

Would you like to try a toothsome and simple cake full of surprising flavors? If you've never baked with grapes (which we highly recommend trying), this easy-to-make dessert is a good place to start. 

Ful-filled's outstanding Roasted Grape & Fennel Olive Oil Cake recipe is one of our all-time favorites; especially during the summer. Treat yourself with the combination of fresh grapes and yummy cake and enjoy the unique and flavorful it will provide to you. 




For the Fennel Olive Oil Cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds or pistachios 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Hiç Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125g) Greek yogurt

For the Roasted Grapes:

For the Greek Yogurt Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted


For the Fennel Olive Oil Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8" round cake pan with olive oil and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.
  • Add fennel seeds to a mortar and pestle with 1 tbsp of sugar and grind until fine
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and fennel sugar. Add almond flour & whisk well, set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs and the remaining sugar in a medium bowl until fluffy and light in color, about 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the olive oil while continuing to whisk until all of the olive oil is incorporated well.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternately with the Greek yogurt. Mixing until just blended.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter out evenly with a spatula. Rap the pan on the counter 4 or 5 times to remove any pockets of air in the batter.
  • Bake the cake in the center of the oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, approximately 22-25 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely on the rack before icing.

For the Roasted Grapes:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • Add the grapes to a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fennel seeds
  • Roast for 15-20 minutes until the grapes have just started to release their juices and the skins have began to wrinkle
  • Remove grapes from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before assembling the cake

For the Greek Yogurt Glaze:

  • Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl, add the Greek yogurt and whisk until smooth
  • The glaze should be thick but spreadable

For the Assembly: 

  • Once the cake and the roasted grapes have fully cooled, spoon the glaze over the cake. You can pre-slice the cake and glaze the individual slices, this allows for the neatest presentation.
  • Allow the glaze to air dry for about 15 minutes before arranging the grapes on top of the cake.
  • Garnish with young wild fennel seeds if you have access to them and serve :)

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