5-Step Spiced Orange Olive Oil Cake

This 5-Step Spiced Orange Olive Oil Cake is an incredibly delicious and spiced dessert that makes use of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a unique way. Besides adding a pleasant flavor to the dish, the oil can also act as a natural emulsifier, ensuring that all of the ingredients are properly combined in each bite. This cake is simple yet full of flavor, and it's perfect for any special occasion or simply as an indulgent treat.
The recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil to help bind everything together - this type of oil has higher levels of antioxidants than other types and also contains anti-inflammatory properties which make it ideal for baking cakes. In addition to providing moisture, this oil also adds its own distinct flavor to the cake.

To get the best results...

  • Be sure to use fresh ingredients.
  • Preheating your oven is essential, as it helps to create a crispy outer layer while keeping the center soft and moist.
  • Letting the cake cool before serving will give you optimal results - giving time to prepare complementary ice cream or whipped cream topping.

Serves: 10 servings - Prep Time: 15 min - Cook Time: 40 min



Ingredients for making the cake: Sugar, EVOO, Orange Zest, All-purpose flour, Eggs, Salt

Spice Mix

  • Star Anise
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Peppercorns
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Place all the spices in a spice or coffee grinder and grind until smooth.

Spice Mix Ingredients: star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorns, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks


(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly oil and flour a loaf pan.

(2) Beat eggs in a bowl until lightened in color.

(3) Add sugar, extra virgin olive oil, orange zest, and the five-spice powder. Beat until smooth.

Add sugar, extra virgin olive oil, orange zest, and the five-spice powder and beat until smooth.

(4) Fold flour, baking powder, and salt into the egg mixture until the batter is just mixed.

Fold the flour, baking powder, and salt into the egg mixture. Simply Mix!

(5) Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. 
TIP: Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, than remove cake from the pan and cool on a wire rack.


What to do with leftovers?

To make it even more tasty, take any leftovers and turn them into cubes to layer on top of whipped cream and oranges, or toast them lightly before spreading honey over.

About Oranges

About oranges

  • Like most fruits, oranges mainly comprise carbs and water, contain very little protein and fat, and are relatively low in calories.
  • Oranges are a good source of fiber. Getting enough fiber on a daily basis is essential for overall health and helps keep your digestive system healthy by supporting regularity and fueling your beneficial gut bacteria.
  • Vitamin C in oranges helps your body in lots of ways. The body need this water-soluble nutrient to stay healthy, as it is vital for a variety of functions such as immune support, collagen production and absorption of iron.
  • Every type of orange has more than 100% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C. That's more than any other citrus fruits. All you have to do to get this key vitamin is peel and eat.
  • How to store: if you plan on consuming your oranges within couple of days, leave them out at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Otherwise, store them in a crisper drawer of your refrigerator to ensure they stay fresh and juicy for longer!

About this Recipe...

Orange Olive Oil Cake is definitely worth the effort! Not only is it easy to make and highly flavorful, but it's also incredibly nutritious due to its high levels of healthy fats and antioxidants found in fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Serve with some fresh fruit or berries for added sweetness and texture - definitely something your taste buds don't want to miss out on!


Oranges: Nutrients, Benefits, Juice, and More. Medically reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., Nutrition — Written by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD and Atli Arnarson BSc, PhD — Updated on November 16, 2021.
Date Accessed: 02/21/2023.
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