This gluten free orange olive oil cake is beyond light, moist, and delicious! It’s one of my favorite cakes with the most wonderful citrus flavor, making it perfect to serve for brunch or with afternoon tea!
Here it is: my first ever gluten free olive oil cake. When I first started hearing about olive oil cakes, I was intrigued. While I generally use butter or vegetable oil in my bakes, I have branched out and experimented a little bit with coconut oil (specifically with my vegan thin mint cookies). But olive oil? Nope.
Needless to say, I am SO glad I pushed outside of my comfort zone with this one. Even though I had no idea what to expect when developing this recipe, I was beyond thrilled with the results. Matt was also skeptical at first, but he couldn’t get enough once he tried it.
This has instantly become one of my absolute favorite gluten free cake recipes, period. I know that’s a pretty bold statement but it’s true. And, because we always cook with olive oil, I pretty much always have these ingredients on hand. Which could be a good thing, or it could be dangerous.
What Is Olive Oil Cake?
If you’re like me and haven’t really baked with olive oil much, you’re probably wondering: what is olive oil cake and what does it taste like? As the name suggests, the fat in this cake comes from olive oil vs. traditional cakes that call for butter or vegetable oil.
The resulting cake is beyond moist (I’ll probably use that word a LOT throughout this post so I apologize in advance but honestly, you won’t believe how moist this cake is). It’s also got a tender crumb, and just tastes clean, simple, yet sophisticated. My gluten free olive oil cake also contains hints of orange and just enough sugar, so that it’s sweet but not cloying.
Why You’ll Love This Orange Olive Oil Cake…
- It’s so incredibly moist. Between the olive oil, orange juice, and Greek yogurt, there’s a ton of moisture packed into this single-layer cake.
- It just tastes so light and fresh. Again, we can thank both the olive oil and freshly squeezed orange juice for that.
- This is a one-bowl recipe. We’re mixing everything up by hand, so you won’t even need an electric mixer for this one!
What You’ll Need…
- The dry ingredients: flour + baking powder + baking soda + salt.
- The fat (and the star of the show): extra virgin olive oil.
- The flavor: sugar + fresh orange juice + vanilla extract.
- For added moisture (and binding): Greek yogurt.
How To Make Orange Olive Oil Cake From Scratch…
To make my gluten free olive oil cake, you will start by whisking the olive oil with the sugar to combine. Next, mix in the remaining wet ingredients (Greek yogurt, orange juice, and vanilla extract). For best results, be sure to use freshly squeezed orange juice. I typically just use 1 large orange for this recipe.
Next, add your dry ingredients right in and stir to combine. It really is that simple! Pour your cake batter into an 8″ round cake pan. I’ve never experienced overflow, but you can always place your pan on a baking sheet before placing into the oven, just in case.
Bake on 350ºF for around 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan completely before serving. Feel free to dust with powdered sugar as a delicious final touch, or serve with whipped cream!
Orange Olive Oil Cake – Gluten Free, Eggless
- ½ cup (120ml) extra virgin olive oil
- ⅔ cup (134g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (112g) Greek yogurt room temperature
- ⅓ cup (80ml) fresh orange juice room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup (185g) gluten free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8" round cake pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the olive oil and granulated sugar together. Add the yogurt, orange juice, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour cake batter into prepared pan and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan before removing and serving.
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