Olive oil is a great vegetable oil to cook with, but it is also an excellent oil to bake with provided that you use it in the right kind of recipes. The strong flavor of good quality olive oil often has citrus, black pepper and green pepper notes, as well as the flavor of olives, and it can overwhlem the flavors in some cakes. Other flavors work very well with olive oil and chocolate is one of them. This Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is a simple, everyday chocolate cake that makes good use of olive oil – and just might win over a few people who didn’t believe that you could bake a delicious dessert using it.
The cake has a fine, tender crumb and a very light texture. You’re not going to find as much olive oil flavor in this cake as you would in a non-chocolate cake, since chocolate just has a strong flavor. Still, the pepperiness of the olive oil blends well with the dark chocolate and cocoa powder, helping to create a deeper and more unique chocolate flavor overall. I used a blend of olive oil and butter in the cake because I like to have that hint of butter in with the chocolate. Some olive oils are quite strongly flavored and using some butter gives the cake a softer, rounder flavor.
In spite of all the sugar in the cake, the finished dessert is not too sweet and has a lovely bittersweet chocolate flavor to it. The cake is delicious on its own or with a simple dollop of whipped cream, but if you want to dress it up you can frost it with an Easy Chocolate Buttercream or this Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting, which is what I used on the slice of cake in the photo. The cake will keep well for a couple of days after baking as long as you keep it stored in an airtight container.
Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup olive oil
3/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt together the butter and dark chocolate until smooth. Allow to cool slightly until it is almost body temperature, then stir mixture and olive oil into the sugar mixture.
Stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the milk. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, stirring only until no streaks of dry ingredients remain and batter is just combined. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clear or with just a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Dust with confectionersâ€™ sugar before serving.
How to Philosophize with CakeJune 4, 2014
Wow, that sounds delicious! I love olive oil in desserts, I’ll have to try this chocolate cake sometime soon. 🙂
LindaJune 4, 2014
Just made this one for a group but had to modify it for GF instead of regular flour. It’s a beautiful cake even using GF flour. I can’t wait to make it again using regular flour. I had another recipe in mind but it isn’t unusual for me to look at your site and totally go 180 on whatever I was going to make and make what you post. HAHA I hope it tastes as great as it smells and looks. Beautiful cake. It reminds me of your olive oil strawberry shortcake that I make over and over when strawberries are in season. I just introduced that one to another group and they LOVE it just like I knew they would. I will have to take one of these for them to try too. Thanks, Nicole!
MedejaJune 5, 2014
This cake looks amazing! So chocolaty 🙂
email@example.comJune 5, 2014
Yummy! I made this today and it was awesome. Thanks , Nicole 🙂
PattyJune 5, 2014
Our nearby olive mill makes a chocolate evoo. This will be a great way to use it.
Juan CarlosJune 8, 2014
If the flavor is too strong for your desserts , simply fry a couple of orange peels in it, then remove them and let it cool before use
sudhakarNovember 16, 2015
I have to give this a go. Can I use basic oil or do I need extra virgin?