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If you love the taste of olive oil, you’re in for a treat with this simple, moist and wonderfully light olive oil cake. It’s made with extra virgin olive oil for that not only gives it moisture but also a subtle pleasant flavor. This is the perfect dessert with an afternoon cup of coffee or for any occasion.
The beauty of an olive oil cake that uses no butter is you don’t have to wait for the butter to come to room temperature before beating it with the eggs. It all folds together quickly and effortlessly.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Olive oil: Olive oil adds an amazing fruity flavor to this cake. It keeps the cake wonderfully moist and eliminates the need for butter. It’s the start ingredient in the recipe.
- Yogurt: Greek yogurt is best here to give it moisture and fat, but you can use plain as well.
- Eggs: To bind the ingredients together. You can also swap it for flax egg.
- Lemon: Use both the zest and juice in this recipe for a nice fresh and zingy flavor. You can also use orange juice and zest.
- Flour: All-purpose flour or cake flour is best for making the olive oil cake.
- Sugar: Any type of granulated sugar.
- Baking powder and soda: So that your cake rises when it is baked so that it’s light and fluffy in texture.
- Salt: A little salt really helps to bring out the sweetness in this cake.
How to make olive oil cake
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- Add the yogurt, oil and room temperature eggs.
- Whisk together until a smooth batter forms.
- Add lemon zest and juice and mix.
- Pour into a pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake until golden brown.
You can enjoy the cake as is without any topping and without it being too sweet if you’re looking for something simple – the perfect coffee cake! It’s light, buttery (with no butter) and just all around so pleasant!
Tips for making the cake
- Use room temperature eggs. Because the yolks are softer at room temperature, they break much more easily and incorporate well into the other ingredients in the bowl.
- Opt for cake flour if possible. While all purpose flour is used here for ease and convenience, using cake flour will make the texture of the olive oil cake a lot more light and airy.
- Use oil rather than butter to grease your baking pan. Butter can actually cause the cake to stick to the pan. Or you can also line it with parchment for easy removal.
- Mix your cake batter well. It should be smooth with no lumps for an even texture.
Frequently asked questions
While you can substitute other types of oil, the essence of the recipe is in the pleasant aroma and subtle flavor of olive oil. It’s best to not substitute in this case.
Your olive oil cake will keep well for 4 days in an airtight container at room temperature. If frosted, it needs to be kept refrigerated. Let the cake cool fully before storing.
Yes, this cake freezes really well and will keep for up to 3 months. Once cooled, wrap in foil and place in a freezer bag or safe container. Defrost it in the fridge overnight before serving.
This olive oil cake is a light, fresh and beautifully moist cake that is so easy to whip up. The olive oil taste is very subtle and is complemented well by the lemon zest in the recipe. Best part is that it seems like a fancy cake, but it is not only effortless, but also quite affordable.
More cake recipes:
- Baked Oats Breakfast Cake
- Turmeric Cake
- Cranberry Lemon Cake
- Crumbly Nutella Mugcake
- Cream Cheese Vanilla Cupcakes
- Cinnamon Coffee Crumb Cake
- Birthday Mug Cake
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Olive Oil Cake
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Zest of one lemon
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and oil a 9” round pan.
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt) together in a large bowl.
- Create a well in the flour mix and add olive oil, Greek yogurt and eggs. Whisk into the flour mixture.
- Add lemon juice and zest and stir until completely combined and there are no lumps.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and raspberries, if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Olive Oil Cake recipe is new to me. I am going to try it!
Hope you enjoy it!
OMG! I don’t think I’ve ever made anything so good! I replaced the lemon with orange and added cardamon. Delicious, thank you!
You’re so welcome!!
OMG IT WAS SO GOOD. Super moist, fluffy and fresh. So happy I doubled the recipe 🙂
Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked the olive oil cake!
Has become a staple for every gathering. So easy and sophisticated at the same time 😉! I play around with the recipe, add orange blossom
water, top it with fresh orange wedges and pistachios. It’s a winner every time. Thank you 🙏🏽
Oo that sounds so good! You’re so welcome glad you like it!
Outstanding! As a simple bachelor I’ve never baked a cake before and followed your recipe exactly as presented – absolute perfection! Incredibly easy and such healthy ingredients too; used a square pan cuz that’s all I have. Can not wait to impress my friends. 🙂
So glad you enjoyed it, Roger! I am sure all your friends will be asking you to make it all the time!
This cake turned out absolutely delicious! I’m used to making chiffon and sponge cakes so I wasn’t sure how much this cake was supposed to rise. I thought it turned out a bit more flat than I anticipated. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the cake to rise a bit more?
Thank you so much! This cake is flatter, more like pound cake.
Good! I prefer a cake that is a little bit sweeter, but this is still a good recipe worth trying.
You can always add a little more sugar to the batter to fit your tastes.
I love this recipe. It was so easy to prepare in one bowl. This was my first time trying an olive oil cake and it’s absolutely delicious. It is moist, fluffy, and the crisp edges from coating the pan with oil are my favorite part besides the dusting of powdered sugar on top, of course. I did double the zest and lemon because I love lemon. Otherwise, this is a quick and easy recipe. Thank You!
You’re so welcome, Janette!
The Olive Oil Cake is so moist, delicious and a five star “Must Have.” I came to this webpage by browsing and I am bookmarking it and signing up for all your recipes. What a beautifully tangy taste and so easy to make too! Thank you so much for sharing and know that this recipe will be repeated for my Church Coffee Hour this week Too!
Thank you so much, Beverly! Welcome, so glad to have you!
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