OLIVE OIL, REALLY? ABSOLUTELY!
ELIA believes that extra virgin olive oil is a more luxurious option compared to butter or other oils. A beautiful blend of two Greek olives create our luscious organic extra virgin olive oil, included with every baking mix. From the Peloponnese region of Greece, blended in just the right ratio to create a sophisticated flavor. Simply two varieties of olives and nothing else for the purest oil. This provides a more delicate top note with a light peppery (in a good way) finish.
WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE AN 8" CAKE PAN?
Our baking mixes were designed with convenience and flexibility in mind. Always use what you have at home first. An 8" square pan is a perfect substitute. Here are a few more alternative pan options, keeping in mind you will need to adjust the baking time accordingly:
REDUCE BAKING TIME BY 10 MINUTES AND CONTINUE CHECKING FOR DONENESS
9" Cake Pan
10" Cast Iron Pan
13" x 9" Baking Dish
ADD 10 MINUTES OF BAKING TIME AND CONTINUE CHECKING FOR DONENESS
1 - Loaf Pan
Muffin Cups (reduce baking time significantly)
2 - 6" Cake Pans
HOW TO MAKE A FLAX EGG: Combine 1 TBS ground Flaxseed with 3 TBS of cool water. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Makes 1 egg. (Double this for our cake mixes to make 2 “eggs”)
HOW TO MAKE BUTTERMILK: For our cake mixes, we highly recommend buttermilk, but understand most do not stock this at home regularly. It is so easy to make your own starting with a whole milk base! Simply add 1 TBS of Vinegar (white or apple cider) or 1 TBS FRESH Lemon Juice to 1 cup of Whole Milk (or any non dairy alternative). Stir and let sit for 10 minutes and you have buttermilk.
I DO NOT HAVE BUTTERMILK OR MILKS - WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE?
Our olive oil cake mixes bake beautifully when the buttermilk/milk is substituted with yogurt or sour cream. They will bake slightly denser with this substitution but will still be incredibly moist and delicious.
STORAGE & FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS
Yes, our olive oil cakes are even better the day after being baked! This gives the cake a chance to absorb that beautiful olive oil allowing the flavor and texture to develop day after day.
Store wrapped airtight at room temperature (plastic wrap is best, but a snug glass container is also great). Best enjoyed within 4 days. Freezes well up to 2 months: wrap portioned cake thrice in plastic wrap and freeze.Our beautiful cakes make approximately 8-12 servings. If you find yourself with extra, the freezer is a perfect place of storage for a later date. Simply portion as you like, but leaving as large as possible is best, and triple wrap in snug-fitting plastic wrap. Yes, triple wrap - this is the key to ensure there is a thick layer to protect from air and freezer burn. Label and date and enjoy within 3 months.
To thaw, simply remove from the freezer and let the cake come to room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight.
HOW CAN I ENHANCE THE CAKE?
COMING SOON Visit our experience page for ways to enhance your cake for celebration and dinner party desserts.
WHAT DO THE FLAVORS TASTE LIKE?
The beauty of our cake mixes is that they are perfectly balanced in flavor without being too sweet. This Mediterranean style of cake is meant to be an anytime kind of snack. With coffee or tea, a breakfast cake or glazed and frosted for a sweeter dessert. Our flavors were created to be delicate on the palate and to compliment each other without intense sweetness like other cake mixes tend to.
ABOUT OUR INGREDIENTS
There is no other option outside of non-gmo, organic, and the absolute best quality. No exceptions, ever. While the organic badge is not that important to us we tirelessly vet our sources. Whether sourced from the Mediterranean or locally in the States, we promise that we have scoured the world for the utmost perfect ingredients to create a product that is truly outstanding.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We do not have a storefront or bakery, but we are based in Chicago. Our mixes are blended and packaged in the Chicagoland area.
EARTH CONSCIOUS PACKAGING
Our boxes are made with 100% post-consumer recylced paper, printed using vegetable-based ink and made using solar power. Our olive oil bottles are BPA-free plastic. Please recycle the box and bottle after use.
While our cake mix pouches are not yet eco-friendly, we are constantly challenging the industry for more earth-conscious options!
HOW TO REUSE THE OLIVE OIL BOTTLE
While it may be tricky to remove every drop of olive oil from the bottle, we see it as an opportunity. Use the bottle to make a single serving vinaigrette - perfect for a packed lunch. Here is our favorite recipe - just add straight to the bottle and shake:
2tsp fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Pinch of dried Oregano
OUR DESIGN INSPIRATION
From the first thought of this line, our goal was to create a beautiful package that speaks to design lovers and adults with great taste. We noticed the baking mixes on the market were all geared toward children with bright, primary colors that did not reflect the ingredients they promised inside. ELIA ingredients are all non-gmo and organic, so we wanted our packaging to feel the same. Plus, we wanted to design a box mix so pretty, you’ll want to leave it on your counter. Inspired by the Mediterranean, we designed each package as an homage to the natural earthenware of Greece.