Today's Citrus Olive oil cake recipe is a must-try, heavenly and delicious one. I was first introduced to the Citrus Olive oil cake recipe by my colleague at work, a couple of years ago. Those days, I had never tried baking a cake from scratch. At most, I baked using ready-made cake mixes or ordered one from the bakery for occasions. The thought of baking a cake from scratch was somehow intimidating. Another similar recipe of Citrus Olive oil cake that I was inspired by, do check it out as well.
I had heard from friends "Once you bake from scratch, you will never go back to the cake mixes." Like they say "As long as you know to bake, life is sweet " and "Happiness is having a self-baked cake." How true! I had saved this recipe and so glad I did. I finally attempted it a couple of months ago and have already made it three times thereafter. It comes out just perfect every time, and therefore a fail-proof recipe. You can choose to frost it with powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
Key ingredients of the Citrus Olive oil cake recipe
The citrus taste from the orange and lemon zest, with a hint of finely chopped rosemary, takes it to the next level and makes it an extraordinary cake. If you are not fond of strong citrus flavors, this is a good choice! It does not have an overpowering citrus taste. This cake has the right balance of citrus from the zest, spice of the rosemary, and just the right amount of sweetness.
The aroma of the cake while baking is awesome. It fills up your home with a nice citrus fragrance. It is not too sweet as well. Using oil instead of butter makes it a light cake. The original recipe uses olive oil. I substituted it with vegetable oil and did not find any difference. This can be had as a tea or coffee cake just by itself. It can also be served with strawberry compote and a drizzle of olive oil to taste even better.
Cake Preparation Steps
In the preparation of this cake, the zest of orange and lemon, along with finely chopped rosemary is rubbed with sugar, using your fingers. Doing this brings out the fragrance and moisture in it. This fragrant sugar is then beaten with three eggs, kept at room temperature, till it turns pale yellow. Later the milk and oil are incorporated. Lastly, the all-purpose flour is added and slowly mixed in with a spatula. It is a pretty easy cake to bake with simple ingredients and can be ready in a very short time.
The cake can be dusted with icing sugar after cooling and served as is. You can get creative and dust it with molds on the cake, to get various shapes and make it look pretty. It can also be served with compote and fruits on the side. Hope you try this cake and am pretty sure you will love it, and be tempted to make it again and again!
A delicious cake made with olive oil and a citrus flavor with orange , lemon zest and rosemary that is so irresistible.
- 1 ½ cups all purpose Flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 orange zest
- 1 lemon zest
- 7-8 rosemary leaves chopped finely
- ¼ cup milk
- ¾ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 deg .Line up the cake pan with parchment paper and spray it with oil.
In a bowl ,combine all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt , whisk and keep it aside.
Add sugar to a bowl. Add the zest of orange and lemon along with rosemary to the sugar.
Slowly rub the contents with your fingers , until the sugar gets moist and fragrant.
In a stand mixer, add three eggs and the sugar with the zest and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until it turns pale yellow.
Next add milk as it is beating and then add in the oil and mix well.
Lastly , add all purpose flour that was set aside .Mix using a spatula until it is just about incorporated. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake it at 350 deg F for 35 minutes. A wooden skewer should come out clean , when inserted in the cake.
Cool on the cooling rack and cut into big slices. Dust with confectioners sugar if you like. Enjoy.
If you love simple cakes like this , you may also enjoy the vanilla sponge cake Vanilla Sponge Cake .Happy baking!
Nisha, nothing is more satisfying than baking cake from the scratch. Citrus flavor is my weakness. That big slice looks so delicious 😋 😋
Yes totally agree baking can be a great therapy and creating something from scratch is very satisfying! Citrus flavor is my favorite these days as well.Thank you so much for the kind comments Deeksha!
Love such cakes. Citrus and olive oil pair so wonderfully together.
Citrus and olive oil is a great combination indeed.Great to hear that you love such cakes. Your posts on different variety of cakes are a great inspiration .Thank you so much for the comments!
The Karavali Wok
Wow! The cake looks and sounds super tempting 😋😋
Wish I could grab a slice off the screen Nisha!
Thank you so much Smitha for the kind comments! It always vanishes in no time when I bake this , indeed very tempting. Sure more than happy do help yourself, sending it you virtually 🙂
Yum! I love the texture of olive oil cakes!
I agree Jennifer the texture of the Olive oil cake is simply awesome .Thank you so much !
That cake looks absolutely gorgeous, love the texture
Thank you so much Nisha! Glad you loved this cake .
Loved how you combined citrus with olive oil to bake this fabulous cake. It's awesome when people think out of the box and experiment with flavours. Awesome clicks again. Happy summer.
Glad you liked this Citrus cake Hasin. It has great flavors indeed. Thank you for the appreciation , I used my prime lens for the shots .You have a good one too!
"A fail-proof recipe," ahhhh.... I really like the sounds of where this is going, Nisha! 😁 Seeing as how my skills are largely untested in the baking world, I just might need some of your fail-proof magic coming my way, because this cake looks absolutely delicious!! Citrus is a weakness of mine, especially when it marries the sweet and tangy together so nicely.
This line here filled me with more joy than you can imagine! : "The aroma of the cake while baking is awesome. It fills up your home with a nice citrus fragrance." -- Baking this cake would be worth that heavenly aroma alone! I can almost smell it right through this screen. 😉
I love your ideas of the different ways to 'jazz up' the recipe too. So thankful you shared this, my friend. I've shared with others in hopes they will come, enjoy and learn baking, all because of you! ♥
Thank you so much for your kind words Holly, always a pleasure reading your comments! It is just a matter of that first baking attempt and there is no looking back there after 🙂 Since this is a simple one and especially since you love citrus, it is definitely worth trying. Yes the aroma is out of the world. I would definitely love to hear how it turned out if you try. Thanks again for sharing this, truly appreciate it! .Have a wonderful weekend !
You really are a master at being able to create delicious treats, as well as with great looks ! 🙂
Awww, you are too kind Anita ! Thank you so much for the appreciation and encouragement.
Love olive oil cakes, they are so soft and light. Your cake looks perfect and yummy.
Thank you Neetha, they are very soft and light indeed !
Your cake looks so yummy.😍 Happened to go through your blogs, and I don't regret. 🤗❤
Thank you for stopping by and comments .Happy to hear you enjoyed it .Please do visit again!
Dippy Dotty Girl
A cake for summer. Looks beautiful and I bet tastes like a lemony dream. xx
I agree it's a lovely summer cake and a little strawberry compote on the side would accentuate the flavors .It tastes heavenly indeed. Thank you so much for stopping by Dippy !
This looks amazing, Nisha! I can imagine the scent in the home as it is baking! Yum!
Thank you so much Sandhya, the citrus fragrance while baking is really out of the world, and a bakers delight 🙂
Nisha, we just made this for my husband's birthday and it is amazing! So moist, light, and full of citrus goodness. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
P.S. I noticed you have the baking soda and salt in the ingredients list, but in your instructions, those ingredients aren't mentioned in the steps. Just thought you might want to know. 🙂
Thank you, sweet friend, for all you do to bring happiness into all of our lives. Keep blogging. You're amazing! 🤗
That's so wonderful to know Holly , happy to hear you enjoyed it! You made my day , this is the best compliment one can ask for. Many Thanks for spotting the missing step of mixing the flour with baking powder and salt .I have corrected and updated the steps. Appreciate you letting me know about it . It's my absolute pleasure to share with my readers .Thanks again for your constant support and encouragement. Belated birthday wishes to your husband .Take care and gave a great week ahead!
You are so incredibly kind, Nisha. Thank you! 💚 Sending lots of love your way in hopes you and your family are well!
Aarthi | Prepbowls
Very interesting cake combination, Nisha! citrus and olive oil cake is new to me and I would love to try the recipe. Cake looks so soft and spongy, cannot resist until the cake cools down. As always excellent click!
I would highly recommend baking this cake Aarthi , very simple, light and delicious . You are right , it's very difficult to wait until it cools down and tastes good warm as well. Thank you for the comments and glad you liked the pictures!
Cooking from scratch is always the best tasting food. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!