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Orange Olive Oil Cake – Springtime Cottage

When you think of olive oil, you think of health and wellness, but have you tried eating a cake that has olive oil in it? How do you think it tastes? Is it a thing? Yes, it is. It isn’t a readily available cake but, it has many health benefits. This article will elaborate on it and why you should make it at home.

What is orange olive oil cake?

This cake is very moist, and the batter consists of extra virgin olive oil and orange zest for added flavor. It has a pronounced olive oil flavor and is slightly sweet.

Facts about olive oil cake

Olive oil gives the cake this light and unique flavor. It helps to enhance the flavors of other ingredients in the cake.
Cakes made with olive oil are Soft, tender, and spongy.
A good quality olive oil gives cakes a nice fruity flavor and a buttery finish. Make sure to use one that is of good quality to achieve a good quality cake.


Since the 8th millennium BC, olive trees were grown in the Mediterranean areas and, countries such as Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, and Turkey have been the top producers of olive oil.

Olive oil is useful for cooking purposes, both for cooked and uncooked foods. In Roman times, they had a specialty cake called Vatica, consisting of only flour, salt, and olive oil. Hence, the emerging olive oil cake. We now tweak and add other ingredients to enhance flavor and texture.

On what occasion do you eat this cake?

It is the perfect cake to serve at a fancy party as dessert options. Decorate this cake and offer it as a birthday cake or even a wedding cake.

What pairs well with it?

This cake pairs well with fresh fruits and, to top it off, you can add a sweet frosting or glaze. Drop a few nuts in the batter for extra texture. Have it with your favorite port wine on the side.

How do the main ingredients work?

Extra virgin olive oil adds flavor and is the only fat content in the cake that is necessary for baking.
Eggs help the ingredients bine together and aid in texture as well.
White sugar during the baking process caramelizes and gives the cake a nutty, sweet flavor.

How is it done?

In a mixing bowl, you combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the eggs until they become foamy, then gradually add the sugar and orange zest. Whip until the mixture is pale in appearance and fluffy.
While the batter is still mixing, gradually add the olive oil until fully incorporated.
Divide the flour mixture in half.

After adding the first half, stop the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the milk and orange juice at this point until blended. Pour in the second half of the flour mix.
In a greased 8 inches springform pan, pour the batter in the pan and bake for 55- 60 minutes until the top is golden brown or a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for approximately half an hour before cutting to serve.

Why should you make this cake?

Olive oil has healthy monounsaturated fats. It protects against heart disease and strokes. For baking cakes, use olive oil instead of butter or ordinary vegetable oil. Cakes are known to high levels of calories but, this is a healthy option to try.

Key term/words

Vatica was the name given to a specialty cake back in Roman times when olive oil was available. It was a mixture of flour, salt, and olive oil.
Tweak – tweaking a recipe means adjusting or adding an additional ingredient to slightly change the flavor or appearance.

Frequently asked questions

Question: What brand of olive oil is of good quality?
Answer: For baking purposes Napa Valley Naturals Northern California/Mediterannean Sweet and Fruity Blend is ideal.

Question: How do I store leftover cake.
Answer: Leftover olive oil cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

On a healthy diet but feeling for something sweet? Let this recipe be your go-to for a healthy cake. Comment your feedback and let us know what you think about this recipe after trying it.

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Orange Olive Oil Cake

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Soft and tender olive oil cake with a hint of orange flavor to delight your taste buds.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups white Sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • zest from 2 oranges (use the same orange for juice)
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar for topping


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk eggs until they become foamy. Gradually add the sugar, orange zest, and whip until pale in appearance and fluffy.

At a reduced speed, slowly all the olive oil until fully incorporated.

Add the flour mixture in two parts making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl at intervals.

Add the milk and orange juice.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Using an 8 inches springform, lightly grease the bottom and sides of the pan.

Pour the cake batter into the springform pan and sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar on top.

Bake for 55 to 65 mins or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack for approximately half an hour.

Ensure it cools completely for clean slices.

Serve the cake at room temperature or slightly warm.

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