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Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Lemon Olive Oil Cake is sweet with a bright lemon flavor. Olive oil assures that this easy olive oil cake is moist and tender with an old-world essence.

Front angled view of a piece of Lemon Olive Oil Cake with slices of fresh lemon sitting on the side.

One whiff of lemon and I feel renewed! One taste of Olive Oil Lemon Cake and it takes me back to summer and sunshine.

Lemons are one of those gifts that we have in the winter time that remind us that not everything is blah and colorless!

I have had a life-long love affair with lemons. They are so versatile and there are many uses for them.

  • Household and Cleaning – Clean and disinfect cutting boards and other wooden tools, deodorize plastic containers, and polish stainless steel to name a few.
  • Beauty and Health – Works as a deodorant, replaces bleach in the washer, removes mildew, soothes sore throats and sanitizes jewelry.
  • Food and Drink – Wash produce, refresh aging lettuce, preserve fruit and veggies, and lower salt intake.
  • Pets, garden and more – spraying surface acts as a repellent to cats, naturally kills weeds, deodorizes humidifiers, and repels ants and other pests.

My favorite is the food and beverage uses. Go figure!

I love slicing a lemon into a pitcher of water. I also love cooking and baking with lemon.

Front angled view of a piece of Lemon Olive Oil Cake with slices of fresh lemon sitting in the front.

Chicken and lemon is a marriage made in heaven. And then….drum roll pounding on counter….desserts. puddings, cakes, pies, muffins. Oh stop already I know you get the point. I love lemon.

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Side angle of a piece of lemon olive oil cake on a white plate with slices of lemons sitting in the forefront. The title "Lemon Olive Oil Cake runs across the top.

Easy Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Ingredients

There isn’t anything unusual here so you should be able to get all of these olive oil cake ingredients at your local grocery store.

  • Flour – all-Purpose
  • Sugar – white granular
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda – help this cake rise in the oven
  • Salt – Any will due
  • Milk – I used skim but use what you have on hand
  • Lemon – fresh zest and juice
  • Olive oil – I used the Marca Verde brand
  • Vanilla – Pure or imitation will work
  • Eggs – I always use large for the sake of consistency.
  • Powdered sugar – used for the glaze.

One afternoon my daughter and I went into Sur La Table. This is a kitchen gadget store that I visit once in a while just because.

On this particular day they were having a sale on  Marca Verde olive oil, and handing out samples of a baked lemon olive oil cake. What? Olive oil in cake?

I had never heard of it, but one measly little bite later and I was in love. I grabbed a copy of the recipe and left. Thank you Sur La Table (hearts inserted here).

Front angled close-up view of a piece of Lemon Olive Oil Cake with slices of fresh lemon sitting in the front.

I couldn’t stop thinking about this cake. It was so fresh and delicious. I went back a couple days later and bought the olive oil.

I waited for two whole days. No obsessive-compulsive behavior here. I put this wonderful cake together and knew I had to share it.

How to make Lemon Olive Oil cake from scratch?

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients. Fold together until combined.
  2. Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake.
  3. While the cake bakes make the glaze.
  4. Spoon half of the glaze over the cake and then turn it out onto a serving plate. Drizzle the remaining glaze over the cake and allow it to cool.

I have seen some other recipes baked with olive oil lately, and I won’t be afraid to try them.

I hope you will not be afraid to try this cake.

It has a great lemon flavor and is tender and not overly sweet. The color is gorgeous, the smell was amazing. Best of all, it’s not difficult to put together.

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Two views of a piece of lemon olive oil cake with slices of fresh lemons sitting off to the side. The title "Lemon Olive Oil Cake" runs through the center.

This Olive Oil Cake with Lemon uses everyday ingredients and no fancy gadgets. Items that I found useful were my 9″x13″ cake pan and my favorite spatulas. They’re pretty color make my kitchen a happy place.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake is sweet with a bright lemon flavor. Olive oil assures that this easy olive oil cake is moist and tender with an old-world essence.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 10
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 
Zest of 1 lemon microplane or finely grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil I used Marca Verde brand

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs


Glaze


  • 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 9×13 cake pan or a 8 cup bundt pan with nonstick baking spray and flour.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake ingredients and fold together until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 50 minutes until dark and golden brown. While cake is in the oven, combine glaze ingredients. Whisk to blend.
  • Remove cake from oven. Whisk glaze mixture again, and carefully spoon 1/2 of the glaze over the cake. Loosen the edges of the cake and turn out onto a serving plate. Slowly drizzle remaining glaze over cake. Allow to cool.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sur La Table

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




treats-and-travel

Monday 30th of March 2015

Delicious! I have made a similar cake using grated carrots and I couldn't believe how light and moist it was!

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Monday 30th of March 2015

Carrots? Very interesting. I love seeing and hearing all the interesting people do. So good to hear from you again!

stephysweetbakes

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Lemons yumm lmbo

For The Love of Ghee

Monday 16th of March 2015

Julie this cake looks super delicious, moist and tangy. The perfect start to spring! We love olive oil cakes in our home, that's if I can get away from the ghee ;) I was introduced to the olive oil cake in Dorie Greenspans Baking book. So yum! We've been hooked ever since. I'm going to give your cake recipe a shot! Can't wait! :)

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

Thank you! I did enjoy this cake. I haven't looked at the baking book. I'll have to look for it.

nancyc

Monday 16th of March 2015

Yum! This cake looks so lemony and moist–sounds delicious!

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

Thank you Nancy. It is so light and delicious!

Traditionally Modern Food

Monday 16th of March 2015

Looks super moist.. I should try cake with oik