Lemon Olive Oil Cake


Yes, you can bake with olive oil! This fresh and fruity cake will win you over instantly with its lemon-infused batter and fresh fruit topping.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cup cut up seasonal fresh fruit*

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously brush a 10-inch cast iron skillet or a 9-inch cake pan with the butter; set aside.

  2. In a food processor combine the 1/2 cup granulated sugar and almonds. Cover and pulse with several on/off turns until mixture is fine. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in flour, lemon peel, baking powder, and salt until combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, olive oil, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, and the almond extract. Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into prepared skillet, spreading evenly.

  4. Bake 25 minutes (bake 30 minutes if using a cake pan) or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in skillet on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine fruit, the remaining 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

  5. If desired, dust cake with powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature with fruit mixture.


For fresh fruit, toss together Cara Cara or blood oranges, peeled and sectioned; fresh berries; pitted cherries; sliced peeled peaches; sliced nectarines; and/or sliced plums.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

350 Calories
14g Fat
49g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 350
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 14.2mg 71%
Calcium 180mg 14%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 235mg 5%
Folate, total 78.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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