Orange Olive Oil Cake

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Chris and I were supposed to host a Super Bowl shindig today but he’s got the flu and has been bedridden since Tuesday.  We had to cancel at the last minute so there goes my turkey chili recipe I was going to post.  Instead, I was thinking about how it has been a while since I last baked so here’s a little sweet treat.  Go Niners!

Orange Olive Oil Cake

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  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Mexican vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 orange (mine rendered 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Orange Olive Oil Cake


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Using a stand mixer (or mix by hand) add eggs and sugar and blend using low speed then slowly move into medium speed.  Drizzle in olive oil, vanilla extract, orange zest and orange juice.  Mix well and set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add in the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until just moistened.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick/tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the cake cool for 20-25 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar.

Adapted from Melissa d’Arabian

Orange Olive Oil Cake


45 thoughts on “Orange Olive Oil Cake

  1. Go Niners! I love how these olive oil cakes have that moist texture to them. And even sick, I can still taste the orange and olive oil flavor. 🙂

    • I’m sorry to hear Barb. Get well soon & take care!
      You are absolutely right, I can see this pair nicely with some fresh fruit. I adore Mexican vanilla. Although I think homemade ones are slightly better. I usually bake with them but was too lazy to get a step stool to reach for it. 😀

    • Hey Sarah, thanks for the kind words. Hubby is doing a lot better.
      I’m digging this olive oil cake –it’s light and delicious. You can really taste the olive oil and orange in this. I think I’ll try it with lemon next time.

  2. I hope your DH is feeling better, Anne. I had that bug and was very glad to bid it farewell.
    This olive cake sounds so very good. Love using olive oil in baked goods. It keeps them so moist — and the flavor ain’t bad either. 🙂

  3. Oh no! Everyone is getting sick. I’m completely convinced I’m next. Today I took 2 Emergen-c packets out of fear. Sickness aside, this cake looks lovely!

  4. I am late to the party! I wanted San Francisco to win too! This looks so elegant Anne. I love the combo of orange and olive oil. Looks very moist!

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