BAKE ME: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

“pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man…bake me a cake as fast as you can…”

Last week, we were invited to a friends home for Friday night dinner. I wanted to bring dessert but didn’t want anything too heavy or too sweet. For some strange reason I was really craving chocolate cake. While I could have used a mix, I really wanted to bake something from scratch. I decided to make a chocolate olive oil cake. I have baked with olive oil before with delicious results, see HERE.

I scoured Google and Pinterest for a chocolate olive oil recipe and finally found one, that after some tweaking, sounded like it would be good. So many of the recipes I found were gluten free. After just barely surviving Passover, the last thing I wanted was a gluten free cake. This chocolate olive oil cake recipe was egg free but had flour and sugar. Ahhhhhhh real carbs!

I baked the cake in an 8 inch round pan, and to be honest, I think it was a little too small. As a result, it took longer to bake and in the end it fell. Sad face. Thankfully, this chocolate olive oil cake still tasted delicious and moist! Next time I will bake it in a 10 inch round pan or two 8 inch round pans and then layer the cakes on top of each other. Before I served the cake, I dusted the top with powdered sugar. Because this chocolate olive oil cake isn’t sweet, it added a nice sweetness. I will definitely be making this one again!

BAKE ME: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake by New Jersey foodie blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

BAKE ME: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake by New Jersey foodie blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

BAKE ME: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake by New Jersey foodie blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

**Adapted from Food Heaven Made Easy

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour, 3 cups

Baking Soda, 2 teaspoons

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Powder, 6 tablespoons

Sea Salt, a pinch

White Sugar, 1-1/4 cup

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3/4 cup

Warm Water, 2-1/2 cups

Vanilla Extract, 1-1/2 teaspoons

Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tablespoons


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, using a hand mixer to mix everything up.
  5. Once combined, set aside.
  6. Line one 10 inch round pan or two 8 inch round pans with parchment paper.
  7. Pour the batter into the round pan(s) and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Mine fell a bit but it still tasted delicious!
  8. Top with powdered sugar or your favorite frosting!


  1. Stephanie
    April 26, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    mmm this definitely sounds yummy for when you’re craving some good chocolate!

    stephanie //

  2. April 26, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I’m not a big fan of chocolate, but I know the hubs would love to devour this cake!

  3. Anna English
    April 26, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    This looks delicious! I think I’ll try it this weekend!

  4. Dani Marie Krum
    April 26, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Oh this looks absolutely delicious!! I need to try it!

  5. Ashley DTKAustin
    April 26, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks so tasty!! I need to work on my baking skills!

  6. April 26, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    omg this makes me want cake right now SO BAD! lol it still looks yummy even if it fell.

  7. April 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I LOVE a good olive oil cake and this one looks so yummy! Definitely going to try your recipe out.

    Lee Anne

  8. April 27, 2017 / 2:16 am

    Oh my gosh! That looks totally decadent and irresistible!

  9. April 27, 2017 / 2:43 am

    I’m always down for cake! I think this sounds and looks fantastic!

  10. April 27, 2017 / 3:04 am

    oh goodness this looks amazing!! I am on a big diet haha but I might just have to take a little break so I can make this cake!! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

    xoxo, Hannah

  11. April 27, 2017 / 6:26 am

    Ooooh, you’ve combined my two favorite things in this recipe: olive oil and chocolate. Really wanting to try this!

    Beth ||

  12. April 27, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I’m (weirdly) not a chocolate lover, but this sounds so good! My fiancé would love it!

  13. April 27, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Wow I didn’t know you could bake cake like this! Looks so yummy and I need to try!

  14. Sara Stacy
    May 1, 2017 / 3:40 am

    This looks divine! I will try it my next baking day! Yummy