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Orange Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe

This orange chocolate olive oil cake calls for olive oil instead of butter. As you know, olive oil is a heart-smart choice. A monounsaturated fat, it contains omega-3 fatty acids and can help reduce risk of heart disease.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, extra virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Virgin olive oil production means the oil was produced by hand and underwent no chemical treatment.

Tip #1: To convert these measurements to metric, please refer to this online Cooking Converter

Tip #2: For best results, always use good quality chocolate.

Tip #3: To substitute olive oil for butter or margarine in any recipe, use an amount equal to seventy-five percent of the butter called for.

Orange Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe


1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus a little extra for oiling the pan
2 oranges
1 cup flour, unbleached
pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt, full fat
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder


Lightly grease a 9 inch springform pan.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Grate the skin of the two oranges. Squeeze the oranges until you have 1/2 cup of juice.

Stir all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, and if possible, use a good electric mixer. Beat together the eggs, sugar and half of the grated orange peel at high speed. Beat until you have a thick, yellow cake batter.

Lower your speed and include the yogurt, vanilla, olive oil, orange juice and the rest of the grated orange peel. Beat this until it is well mixed. Set aside 1/2 cup of this batter.

Working by hand, carefully fold the dry ingredients into the batter. Pour this batter into your springform pan.

Stir the cocoa powder into the half cup of batter that you set aside.

Pour this chocolate mixture into the cake's center. Using the tines of a fork, drag the fork through the cake so you make a pattern that resembles a sunburst.

Place your orange chocolate olive oil cake on the center rack in your preheated oven and cook until done This usually takes about 40 minutes.

Serve your cake warm or cool. You'll be surprised how good it is.

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