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How to Make Italian Tomato Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Penelope is retired but teaches English to business people in Rome part time. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet.

Sliced Tomato Cake
Sliced Tomato Cake | Source
4.9 stars from 11 ratings of ItalianTomato Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves 4 people (8 portions of cake)

Ingredients Preparation

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Peel and de-seed tomatoesBlanche frozen peasDice, squeezed mozzarellaChop basil leaves
Peel and de-seed tomatoes
Peel and de-seed tomatoes | Source
Blanche frozen peas
Blanche frozen peas | Source
Dice, squeezed mozzarella
Dice, squeezed mozzarella | Source
Chop basil leaves
Chop basil leaves | Source

Ingredients

  • 150 grams flour, All purpose
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 grams powdered yeast
  • 125 ml milk, tepid
  • 100 grams Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 200 grams Mozzarella, fresh
  • 2 very large or 4 smaller tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 large leaves basil, chopped largely
  • 100 grams peas, blanched from frozen
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, grated

Cooking Tomatoes in the Pan

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Let tomato and basil mixture coolDrop in boiling water 1 min to help peelingCook diced tomatoes  in 1 tbsp olive oil for a few minutes till just tender
Let tomato and basil mixture cool
Let tomato and basil mixture cool | Source
Drop in boiling water 1 min to help peeling
Drop in boiling water 1 min to help peeling | Source
Cook diced tomatoes  in 1 tbsp olive oil for a few minutes till just tender
Cook diced tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil for a few minutes till just tender | Source

Mixing Everything

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Mix extra virgin olive oil and tepid milk to dry ingredients in bowlBaking and cheese ingredientsAdd grated cheeses to the cake mixtureAdd tomatoes, mozzarella, peas and basil and mix together with the cake mixture
Mix extra virgin olive oil and tepid milk to dry ingredients in bowl
Mix extra virgin olive oil and tepid milk to dry ingredients in bowl | Source
Baking and cheese ingredients
Baking and cheese ingredients | Source
Add grated cheeses to the cake mixture
Add grated cheeses to the cake mixture | Source
Add tomatoes, mozzarella, peas and basil and mix together with the cake mixture
Add tomatoes, mozzarella, peas and basil and mix together with the cake mixture | Source

Instructions

  1. Peel the tomatoes by dropping them in a bowl of boiling water for 1 minute. Cut them in half and remove the seeds and liquid. Cut the pulp into cubes.
  2. In 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pan, add the tomatoes, salt and white pepper to taste and cook them till they are softened. Let them cool, aside.
  3. Put the oven on at 180°C
  4. Blanche the frozen peas in boiling water about 2 minutes then strain and set aside.
  5. Squeeze the mozzarella of excess liquid, then cut it into cubes and add it to the tomatoes in the pan with strips of basil leaves and set aside.
  6. Beat the eggs in a bowl
  7. Add the flour and the powdered yeast. Beat together
  8. Slowly pour in the remaining olive oil and the tepid milk
  9. Add salt and white pepper to taste
  10. Add the grated Gruyere cheese and the grated Parmesan cheese.
  11. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil mixture (cold) and the peas. Mix together with a light hand.
  12. Pour into a cake pan 26 cm long
  13. Cook in the center of a 180° oven
  14. Slice while hot on a bread board and serve on a serving platter

Baking the Cake

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Baked tomato cakePour into baking dishSliced tomato cake while it's still warmA slice of Tomato cake
Baked tomato cake
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Pour into baking dish | Source
Sliced tomato cake while it's still warm
Sliced tomato cake while it's still warm | Source
A slice of Tomato cake
A slice of Tomato cake | Source

Caprese Dish

Caprese Dish
Caprese Dish | Source

Caprese Recipe for Summer and Christmas

The flavors of ripe tomatoes and mozzarella mixed with olive oil and and basil are so harmonious and so great together that Italians make two other dishes using the same three principal ingredients - 'Caprese' and 'Pasta alla Checca'.

During the summer in Italy the fields of tomato crops ripen. The markets are laden with them. We buy them by the pound or we grow them or have friends who grow them (and need to palm some off). We conserve them, we take them on picnics to the beach, we make simple salads with them, we cook with them every day and do not tire of them - but our favorite dish is 'La 'Caprese'.

Over Christmas it's a special treat, which breaks with the heavier foods the wintry season has to offer.

Ingredients:

4 big red ripe tomatoes but not too ripe

2 fresh mozzarella (buffalo mozzarella is the best if you can find it)

1 or two handful of basil leaves

4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt to taste

Preparation:

On a lovely serving platter arrange the following alternately

Slices of large ripe tomatoes

Mozzarella

Basil leaves (chopped or not)

Drizzle the extra virgin live oil over the top

Sprinkle with salt

Eat straight away because it is so much better fresh

It's deliciously simple served slices of crusty bread.

(Over the Christmas period, why not serve it with hot bread served straight from the oven).


Extra Virgin Olive Oil For All Recipes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for all recipes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for all recipes | Source

A Pasta Dish with Tomatoes Mozzarella and Basil

With the same ingredients as in the principal ingredients of the 'Tomato Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil' (and also the 'Caprese'), you can make a pasta dish. It's practical, it's good for you, (it's good for children too), it's fresh tasting and summery. It's called 'Pasta alla Checca'.

Ingredients:

1 packet of pasta 'cannolichie' (Very small tube shape)

4 skinned, de-seeded small-chopped ripe tomatoes

1 small- chopped mozzarella

6-8 leaves chopped basil

4/5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt to taste.

Preparation:

While you bring your pasta water to a boil and cook the pasta, put all your ingredients in a large pasta serving bowl. Begin with chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Stir together. It could not be easier!

Strain the pasta (aldente) and add to the ingredients.

Mix and serve.

You may eat this straight away, or tepid, or even cool.

It's the perfect meal to eat and serve during the football game - or for a buffet lunch during the summer. Or any time you want to remember the summer.

Buon appetito!

© 2012 Penelope Hart

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    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Buon appetito! Thanks so much for dropping in and commenting.

      It makes a super lunch and really, it's very easy to make.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks so good. I love Italian food. Tomato cake. Interesting. Thanks so much, I will give this a try! For lunch, with a salad! Yum!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      A London friend of mine tried it out in the summer, liked it so much she's made it several times since then, including at a retro Tony Curtis party the other night. She said all her friends loved it and took the recipe and said that it was crawling round S W London now. Your husband should love it over Christmas!. Thanks for commenting.

      Greatly appreciated.

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      Judi Brown 

      6 years ago from UK

      Pinnned it! Could be a winner at Christmas with my veggie husband :)

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hyphenbird. Glad you like it. How nice of you to comment even though you can't eat it!!! Thanks. So appreciated.

      Glimmer. Hi! It will be delicious over Christmas and I hope you LOVE it. Thanks so much for dropping by and for pinning. I love pinterest!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious. Pinned for making as soon as I can. Voted up too! The loaf would be great at Christmas with the wonderful colors. Thanks.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks really delicious. Your photos are beautiful and make the Hub perfect. I am vegan so I won't be making this dish but I can virtually eat all I want!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      6 years ago from Essex, UK

      My pleasure Penelope. There was never any question of leaving this one out of my review! The photos, the clear instructions, and the additional caprese recipes all combine and add to the strength of the hub.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks so much. What a great honor. I'm writing another hub at the moment, for pasta al pesto! Hope you will enjoy that one too.

      Looking forward to reading your review!

      Best wishes, Penelope

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      6 years ago from Essex, UK

      What a well written, visually appealing and informative hub, Goodlady! This is one of the best in the HubPages 'Italian Cuisine' category - I know, because I've just completed the task of looking at every single one of them for a review hub I've written and published. Your's is included in my review as one of the ten best. Voted up. Best wishes. Alun.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you so much. Yes, it really is a great cake! And easy to make,

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      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      GoodLady, the photos are enticing. I am sure your finished product is too! Congrats on a well deserved win!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      kellyward5 So appreciate your bookmarking and pin, thanks so much

      Sharyn, thanks. I don't know what I've won yet, but nice to see you here and thanks for sharing too.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Congrats on your win this week Penelope, well deserved. This hub is awesome and I look forward to sharing it.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      This looks so good! I'm bookmarking and pinning this! Congrats on winning! Take care, Kelley

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks lots Purple Perl! Hope you really enjoy your tomato cake!

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      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Looks divine. will have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing. & Congrats!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      rags, hi! grateful for your votes and popping in. Hope you make and like the toms cake. We like it a lot.

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      Bev G 

      6 years ago from Wales, UK

      GoodLady, this looks like a fantastic recipe and your Hub is, as usual, beautiful. Voting up in all the right places!

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Clauda Tello. I do love making good looking Hubs and also great food, so it's nice of you to comment.

      Natashalh. Those fresh ingredients will make a superb cake. Buon appetito! Hope you enjoy the cake you'll make.

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      Natasha 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      This sounds awesome, particularly because I have several ingredients growing in my garden right now! I'd never heard of this dish - thank you for sharing the recipe.

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      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      This Italian Tomato Cake sounds and looks very nice. It is a pleasure to encounter such rich and beautifully formatted / edited recipe Hubs, I can see you put a lot of attention and work in them, and that´s also my style. Very good job!

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's really good! Thanks so much for your vote.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations! this recipe is certainly a winner, fabulous hub!

      Looking forward to trying this, voted up

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      So exciting to win and thank you so much Susan for stopping by to share.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats!!! I knew this recipe would be a winner.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      jimmythejock. Hope you enjoy it when you try it and thanks for commenting.

      novascotiamiss. Looking forward to exchanging more recipes too, and many thanks for liking my Hub. Watermelon soup is certainly very very special and I'll make it in the summer. So happy to have a won a prize!

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      Novascotiamiss 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Congratulations for winning the daily price in the hub recipe contest. I'm so thrilled for you, this beautiful hub definitely deserved it. Also glad that you liked my tomato watermelon soup recipe. I'm sure we will exchange quite a few more interesting tomato recipes this summer!

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      James Paterson 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      I have never heard of Tomato cake but it looks so tempting, I need to try it some day.....jimmy

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for dropping in and for your comments Are you going to make it?

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      How great, you're making it tomorrow. Many thanks for your rating and votes. I do appreciate them all.

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      LaThing 

      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful bread, I can just see it on my counter top, Mmmmmm! I will be making it tomorrow, few ingredients missing. Thanks for sharing it with us. Five stars, useful, awesome, and everything.....

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      Karen Creftor 

      6 years ago from Kent, UK

      Oh my mouth is watering now!!

      Wonderful hub xx

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Greatly appreciate your comments and votes! Yea!!! Glad you like the layout too.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Looks yummy! and the layout of this hub is so attractive. Well done! Many votes!

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Susan Thanks for votes and pinning and sharing. You're swell! I hope you do visit Italy. Come and have a light meal with us!

      Hyphenbird Hope you really love it. Thanks.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      What a beautiful dish. It looks scrumptious and I will try it soon. Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All these recipes look so good. I think if I ever visited Italy I would come back a lot heavier :)

      Rated, voted, pinned and shared.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Superb with home grown tomatoes! So pleased you liked this cake, thank you.

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      Janis Goad 

      6 years ago

      I love this recipe. I will have many tomatoes in August, and will come back and try out this amazing food.!!

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      wilderness I suppose hot house grown tomatoes are better as salad toms. Maybe you can find some other sort to make the cake? Thanks so much for commenting.

      novascotiamiss. Hope it turns out beautifully! So glad you liked the cake. Thanks

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      Novascotiamiss 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Mmmmmmmmh. The tomato cake looks delicious and I will definitely have to try out this recipe this summer when I've got plenty of tomato & basil growing in my garden.

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      Dan Harmon 

      6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Looks yummy, and I love fresh tomatoes when they come in season. Not so much hot house grown, though.

    • GoodLady profile imageAUTHOR

      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's very tasty, so hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks for comment.

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      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Nice hub. I think i'll give this a whirl at some point in the not too distant future as it looks delightful.

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