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Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake
  • Prep Time
    5 mins.
  • Cook Time
    30 mins.
  • Serving
    8
  • Ready In
    35 mins.
Wonderfully moist and lightly sweetened, this olive oil cake is the perfect cake to enjoy in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea. It is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, making it a healthy alternative to cakes made with other fats.
Olive Oil Cake

Indulge in the rich flavors of the Mediterranean with this sweet Olive Oil Cake recipe. Perfectly suited for a Middle Eastern palate, this cake is made with olive oil, a wholesome alternative to butter or vegetable oil. It’s a hassle-free dessert option that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Olive Oil Cake

Why Olive Oil?

Olive oil is the main source of fat in Mediterranean cooking and as such, is the star of this recipe. It offers a variety of health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, it elevates this cake to a guilt-free indulgence. Unlike butter or vegetable oil, olive oil adds a distinct depth of flavor without overpowering. There is no obvious olive oil flavor, but rather a lightly sweetened and very moist cake.

What is great about using olive oil in this recipe at well, is that you don’t have to wait for anything to come to room temperature and can make it on the spot! It is a one-bowl recipe, and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

This cake reminded me of Sfouf, another one-bowl cake recipe I love to make so similarly, I sprinkled sliced almonds on the top for a delightful crunch. Feel free to use your favorite nut (walnuts, pine nuts) or you can omit if you prefer.

This cake also has some Greek yogurt in it, for added protein and moisture. It also makes the cake so light and fluffy. This olive oil cake is delicious served at room temperature with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or in the evening for a special treat.

Olive Oil Cake

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 350F and spray a 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick spray.

STEP 2

In a large bowl, add the sugar and crack both eggs.

Using an electric whisk, whisk them together until pale yellow, about 2 minutes.
Olive Oil Cake

STEP 3

Add the olive oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, orange juice, and zest of the orange and whisk to combine.

STEP 4

Add the remaining dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda and powder, and salt.

Whisk for another minute until fully incorporated.

Olive Oil Cake

STEP 5

Pour the batter into the oiled cake pan…

Olive Oil Cake

…and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.

Olive Oil Cake

Bake for 30-35 minutes until set and lightly golden on top. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Olive Oil Cake
Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

Wonderfully moist and lightly sweetened, this olive oil cake is the perfect cake to enjoy in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea. It is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, making it a healthy alternative to cakes made with other fats.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: cake, olive oil
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 332kcal

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 lg eggs
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (or any nut of your choice)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and spray a 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, crack both eggs and add the sugar. Using an electric whisk, whisk them together until pale yellow, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the olive oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, orange juice, and zest of the orange and whisk to combine.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda and powder and salt. Whisk for another minute until fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the oiled cake pan and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.
    Bake for 30-35 minutes until set and lightly golden on top. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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