A Restaurant’s Take

Olive oil cake trifle

An old family recipe gets a new life at Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square.

Cambridge, MA 091114 NDIVIDUAL TRIFLE SERVED IN A GLASS - WITH OLIVE OIL CAKE, TOASTED HAZELNUTS, APRICOTS from Alden and Harlow at Harvard Sq photographed on Sept. 11, 2014. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MAG
Essdras M Suarez/Globe staff

Michael Scelfo, the chef and owner of Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square, uses olive oil cake, made from his family recipe, in a trifle. He cuts the cake into cubes and adds stone fruit, toasted hazelnuts, a simple honey syrup, cardamom, and, of course, whipped cream.  

ALDEN & HARLOW 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, 617-864-2100,