Portuguese pão de ló cake

Portuguese pão de ló cake

This classic Portuguese dessert is made simply with egg yolks, sugar, a touch of flour and rich olive oil – the quantities here make quite a small cake but they can easily be doubled or tripled
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Oil and line a 20cm round baking tin with baking paper. Put the sugar, eggs and yolk in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk for 15-20 minutes or until tripled in volume, light and fluffy.
  2. Step 2

    Gently fold in the olive oil and flour, and pour the batter into the tin. Bake for 8 minutes or until the cake is just set but still a little gooey in the middle. Let it sit for 5-6 hours so that it collapses and sets, and the top forms a crust. Drizzle a generous glug of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, then eat it at room temperature.