Super Moist Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

1 Jun

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I have been wanting to make olive oil cake for the longest time ever and I finally did it. I am so annoyed it took me this long because it is amazing! It is super moist and simple as anything to put together. It looks so elegant with the contrast of the stark white icing sugar against the beautifully dark cake so it is the perfect dessert for a dinner party. You’ll have your guests drooling before they even have a slice on their plate!

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It is not rich at all which is fantastic because you can get your chocolate fix without the “I can’t get off the couch now” feeling! And to top everything off just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this cake is gluten free so coeliacs can go wild!

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Super Moist Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Makes 6-7 small slices)

35g good quality cocoa powder

85ml boiling water

1 1/2tsp vanilla extract

100g ground almonds

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda

a pinch of salt

135g caster sugar

2 eggs

100ml olive oil

icing sugar, for dusting

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºc/340°f and oil and line the bottom of a 7/8 inch ring bottom cake tin with baking parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, boiling water and vanilla extract until smooth then set aside to cool.
  • Mix the almonds, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a small bowl and set aside until needed.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and olive oil with an electric mixer for about 4mins until it is thick, creamy and full of air.
  • Slowly pour in the cocoa mixture while continuously beating the mixture until it is all fully incorporated, make sure to scrap the sides of the bowl.
  • Next slowly add in the almond mixture and beat until just combined.
  • Pour the runny cake mix into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40-50mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs sticking to it.
  • Let cool in the tin then open the tin and transfer to plate. Place upside down so that you have a flat, perfect surface.
  • Sieve the icing sugar lightly over the surface of the cake, cut into slices and serve with cream or ice cream.

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