Ready yourself for moist cakes and pastries made with olive oil

In early 2010, olive oil has become a popular ingredient in baking. Now, it is making a huge comeback, with many home cooks adding this ingredient when making loaves and cakes. For butter-lovers out there who are skeptical to use olive oil as a replacement, there's no need to worry as EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) actually makes bread and cakes fluffier and more moist! Plus, you get to indulge in a healthier treat.

Give it a go with these five easy-to-follow recipes and let us know what you think! 

Olive Oil Cake

Start your EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) baking journey with this gluten-free cake recipe from Bon Appetit. It's simple and very easy to make, plus you can add your favourite icing or jam to spice things up!


  • 1¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil; plus more for pan
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar; plus more
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ⅓ cup almond flour or meal or fine-grind cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp amaretto, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth or other liqueur
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs



Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

A huge fan of chocolate cake? Did you know that Olive Oil makes it even moist and rich? Try it out with this recipe from BBC Food


  • 150 ml regular olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 50 g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 125 ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g ground almonds or 125 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • Pinch of salt

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Did you know that chocolate cakes are best made with coffee? A touch of coffee enhances the chocolate flavour immensely--just like salt. Recreate the dairy-free chocolate cake of your dreams with this recipe from Serious Eats


  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup high-fat Dutch cocoa
  • ½ tsp kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup brewed black coffee, or black tea such as Assam, any temperature
  • 2 large eggs, straight from the fridge
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp whole wheat flour 

Vegan Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Looking for good vegan cake recipes? Why not give this recipe from Olive and Mango a go. Plus, you can bake this one ahead, wrap the cake in plastic wrap once it’s cool and store in the fridge until you are ready to frost.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1½ cups brewed coffee or water
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar

(For Icing):

  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • ⅓-½ cup olive oil
  • Mixed fresh berries for garnish (optional)

Olive Oil Brownies With Sea Salt

For a quick brownie fix, try this indulgent brownie recipe from NY Times. These brownies will last, covered at room temperature, for up to 5 days, and can be frozen for up to 1 month. It will get you hooked on olive oi; baking!


  • 6 tbsp mild extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 3 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup mini or regular chocolate chips 
  • Flaky sea salt, as needed

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