Orange Olive Oil Cake | Delicious everyday

Orange Olive Oil Cake is a type of cake made with olive oil and fresh orange juice and zest. This is a simple yet elegant cake that is perfect for a variety of occasions from dinner parties to afternoon tea.

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If you haven’t tried this Orange Juice and Olive Oil Cake, add it to your list. You might also enjoy my Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake, Pineapple Poke Cake, or even this Vegan Cheesecake for another dessert option.

This Orange Olive Oil Cake recipe is…

  • Made from scratch
  • Used fresh orange juice and orange zest
  • moist cake
  • Great for parties and special occasions
  • Excellent presentation quality

How to Make an Orange Olive Oil Cake

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Complete steps with measurements are at the bottom of the post. A quick walk through on how it is made.

  1. Preheat and prepare a 9″ pan. Set aside.
  2. Next, add the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Toss and set aside.
  3. Add your sugar, oil and orange juice and zest to a bowl. Mix well then add eggs.
  4. Once smooth work in the flour and sour cream.
  5. Pour into a baking pan and bake in a preheated oven.
  6. Once done, let cool and then dust with powdered sugar and orange slices.

Helpful tools for baking orange cake

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9″ pan

I used a 9″ round baking pan for this cake. You’ll see it’s a thin cake and not as dense as some cakes. You can also go with an 8″ baking pan if you need to.


Using a stand or hand mixer will speed up the preparation of this cake. A whisk works just as well if you don’t own one. Aim to remove most of the lumps from the cake batter.


You’ll want to buy a zester so you can easily peel the oranges. These can be found in the kitchen accessory aisle. They are quite affordable or buy online.

the juicer

If you want to use fresh orange juice for this recipe, buy a hand or electronic juicer. You’ll find that juicers do a great job of extracting all the juice from each half of the orange to maximize your oranges.

Parchment rounds

You can also purchase pre-shaped parchment rounds to place on the bottom of a round cake pan. You can find them in the baking aisle or buy them online and have them shipped to your home. This saves a lot of preparation for cutting the parchment paper to fit the pan.

Tips for success

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First mix the zest with the sugar

A tip I learned years ago is if you take your orange zest and put it in a bowl with granulated sugar and press it together, it releases all the oil. If you do this first, it will help enhance the flavor of the orange zest in the cake. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then add the other ingredients.

dry ingredients

Working the dry ingredients together and keeping them separate in a mixing bowl ensures that all the dry ingredients are evenly mixed into the batter. I find that this step really helps make a better cake in the end.

Orange Olive Oil Cake Variation

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Orange Olive Oil Cake can be served plain or with toppings such as whipped cream, fresh fruit, or a dusting of powdered sugar.

blood orange

Use blood oranges instead of regular oranges to give the cake a unique and vibrant color.

Chocolate Orange Cake Base

Add cocoa powder or chocolate chips to the cake batter to make Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake. This will give the cake a rich and decadent taste.

Spice cake

Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the cake batter to give it a warm and comforting flavor that goes well with orange zest and juice.

Orange Olive Oil FAQs

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How does orange olive oil cake taste?

Orange Olive Oil Cake has a unique flavor that is sweet, moist and citrusy, with a subtle hint of olive oil. The orange flavor comes from the fresh orange juice and zest that is added to the cake batter, giving it a bright and subtle flavor. The olive oil adds a rich and slightly nutty flavor to the cake, which complements the orange flavor well. The texture of the cake is usually dense and moist, with a tender crumb and not too sweet.

How do you store this olive oil cake?

Orange Olive Oil Cake can keep up to 3-4 days at room temperature if stored properly. After that, the cake may start to dry out and lose its flavor.

Can I double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan instead of a 9″ round pan?

Yes, you can double an orange olive oil cake recipe and bake it in a 9×13 inch pan instead of a 9 inch round pan. Doubling the recipe and using a larger pan will affect the baking time. You will need to increase the baking time by 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

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Orange Olive Oil Cake

For another dessert option try this Orange Olive Oil Cake. A simple yet elegant cake made with olive oil and fresh orange juice is perfect for any occasion.

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Course: dessert

Recipe: US

Keywords: Olive Oil Cake, Orange Cake Recipe, Orange Olive Oil Cake

Q Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Calories: 486kcal

Author: Delicious everyday

6 serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a 9″ baking pan

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; Set aside

  • In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, olive oil, orange juice and orange zest. Beat the eggs until smooth

  • Add the flour mixture and stir.

  • Then stir in the sour cream

  • Mix well until you get a creamy and smooth batter.

  • Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

  • Allow to cool before transferring to a rack to cool completely

  • Serve with powdered sugar and some fresh orange slices

Nutrition (approximate)

Calories: 486kcalSugars: 51gProtein: 6gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated fats: 19gTrans fats: 0.01gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

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