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Adventure Quarantine Trends: 5 Olive Oil Baked Treats To Try

Quarantine Trends: 5 Olive Oil Baked Treats To Try

Quarantine Trends: 5 Olive Oil Baked Treats To Try
By Elaine Nuestro
By Elaine Nuestro
June 11, 2020
Ready yourself for moist cakes and pastries made with olive oil

In early 2010, olive oil has become a popular ingredient in baking. Now, it is making a huge comeback, with many home cooks adding this ingredient when making loaves and cakes. For butter-lovers out there who are skeptical to use olive oil as a replacement, there's no need to worry as EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) actually makes bread and cakes fluffier and more moist! Plus, you get to indulge in a healthier treat.

Give it a go with these five easy-to-follow recipes and let us know what you think! 

Olive Oil Cake

Start your EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) baking journey with this gluten-free cake recipe from Bon Appetit. It's simple and very easy to make, plus you can add your favourite icing or jam to spice things up!


  • 1¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil; plus more for pan
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar; plus more
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ⅓ cup almond flour or meal or fine-grind cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp amaretto, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth or other liqueur
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs



Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

A huge fan of chocolate cake? Did you know that Olive Oil makes it even moist and rich? Try it out with this recipe from BBC Food


  • 150 ml regular olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 50 g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 125 ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g ground almonds or 125 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • Pinch of salt

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Did you know that chocolate cakes are best made with coffee? A touch of coffee enhances the chocolate flavour immensely--just like salt. Recreate the dairy-free chocolate cake of your dreams with this recipe from Serious Eats


  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup high-fat Dutch cocoa
  • ½ tsp kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup brewed black coffee, or black tea such as Assam, any temperature
  • 2 large eggs, straight from the fridge
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp whole wheat flour 

Vegan Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Looking for good vegan cake recipes? Why not give this recipe from Olive and Mango a go. Plus, you can bake this one ahead, wrap the cake in plastic wrap once it’s cool and store in the fridge until you are ready to frost.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1½ cups brewed coffee or water
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar

(For Icing):

  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • ⅓-½ cup olive oil
  • Mixed fresh berries for garnish (optional)

Olive Oil Brownies With Sea Salt

For a quick brownie fix, try this indulgent brownie recipe from NY Times. These brownies will last, covered at room temperature, for up to 5 days, and can be frozen for up to 1 month. It will get you hooked on olive oi; baking!


  • 6 tbsp mild extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 3 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup mini or regular chocolate chips 
  • Flaky sea salt, as needed

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