You’ll love this simple olive oil cake, infused with lemon, almond, and a hint of sherry. So moist, flavorful, and easy to make!

Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe

This is a sponsored post, written by me and created in partnership with Olive Oils from Spain. All opinions expressed herein are straight from my heart.

Today I am sharing a cake that is totally different from anything else on this site: olive oil cake!

Most of the other cakes you’ll find here are made with butter and lots of flavors, frostings, and garnishes. This Banana Pudding Cake is a great example, and so is this Black Forest Cake.

But today we have an olive oil cake recipe that is simple, delicious, and so elegant.

Almond Olive Oil Cake Recipe

WHAT DOES OLIVE OIL CAKE TASTE LIKE?

This olive oil cake is moist and very tender, subtly sweet, with a pronounced olive oil flavor and a hint of lemon and almond. It honors its Spanish roots with a splash of sherry, but if you prefer to bake without alcohol, you can leave it out.

Different kinds of olive oils will yield different flavors. Because it’s the star ingredient of this dish, you want to be sure to choose one that you really love.

Extra virgin Olive oils from Spain will range in flavor from fruity to pungent to bitter, and everywhere in between!

Spanish Olive Oil Cake Recipe

I chose to use an Arbequina olive oil from Spain, the world’s leading producer and exporter of the highest quality olive oils. It was light, fruity and buttery-tasting, and it complimented the citrus, almond, and sherry in the cake beautifully.

HOW TO MAKE OLIVE OIL CAKE

This is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever bake! You’ll love how simple it is to make.

Start by gathering all your ingredients. You’ll need flour, almond meal/flour (which is just finely ground almonds), sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt. Those are your dry ingredients!

Olive Oil Cake Ingredients

For liquid ingredients, we are using olive oil (of course!), milk, egg, sherry (optional), and almond extract.

All you need to do is whisk your dry ingredients together in one bowl, your liquid ingredients in another, and then combine them.

The batter will be smooth and a little on the thin side. Just pour it into a greased pan and bake!

HOW TO SERVE OLIVE OIL CAKE

This olive oil cake is delicious on it’s own, with just a little powdered sugar for garnish.

Simple Olive Oil Cake Recipe

But I like it even better with a few fresh berries alongside!

For the pics you see here, I tossed blackberries with a little sugar and a tablespoon of sherry, and garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary. The woodsy flavors balance the richness of the cake in the most wonderful way!

CAN THIS OLIVE OIL CAKE BE BAKED IN A DIFFERENT SIZED PAN?

I love my mini-bundt pan, but if you don’t have one, or if you prefer a more traditional presentation, this olive oil cake can also be baked in a 5-cup loaf pan, or in a 9-inch diameter x 2-inch deep cake pan.

Just bear in mind that whenever you bake in a different sized pan, the bake time will need to be adjusted. You’ll know your cake is done when it feels springy and a toothpick inserted in the thickest part comes out clean.

HOW TO STORE OLIVE OIL CAKE

These cakes, once cool, can be kept at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. You can slip them into a zip-top bag or wrap them with plastic wrap to keep them from getting stale.

If they hang around any longer than that, they should go into the fridge or freezer. They can last in the fridge for at least a week, and in the freezer for around a month.

Moist Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Get lots more recipes and info on Spanish olive oils when you check out their site: Olive Oils from Spain.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe
Olive Oil Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
You'll love this simple olive oil cake, infused with lemon, almond, and a hint of sherry. So moist, flavorful, and easy to make!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Olive Oil Cake
Servings: 6 mini bundt cakes
Calories: 589 kcal
Ingredients
For the olive oil cake
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg large
  • 3 tablespoons sherry (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Optional garnishes:
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • sprig of fresh rosemary
  • powdered sugar
Instructions
To make the olive oil cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and mist a 5-cup mini-bundt pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the flour, almond meal, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Place the olive oil, milk, egg, sherry (if using), and almond extract in a smaller bowl, and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the thickest part of a cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For the garnish:
  1. Toss the blackberries, sugar, and sherry together in a small bowl to coat.
  2. Serve alongside the cakes, with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
  3. Dust with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Olive Oil Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 mini bundt)
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Potassium 193mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 38g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Calcium 9.1%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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