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Traditional Italian Olive Oil Cake

This is an Old Italian cake recipe that was passed down from my great, great, great Grandma…. oh wait I am Danish. Okay it was passed down thru some Italians I don’t know, but it is good! It’s a moist, yellow cake and tastes great dusted with just a little powdered sugar and berries.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword classic recipe, easy dessert recipe, holiday recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 1 tablespoon butter or organic olive oil cooking spray for pan
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • zest and freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups good olive oil
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • confectioners sugar, for dusting
  • assorted berries or peaches or whatever fruit you prefer to top cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center of oven. Spray 10" round cake pan with cooking spray or use a paper towel to coat sides and bottom of an with butter

  2. In a mixing bowl,sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separatebowl, cream together the eggs and sugar with a whisk. Add the orange juice, milk, olive oil, and liqueur (if using) and lemon zest.

  3. Mix the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Whisk until well blended. Pour mixture into the cake pan. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of batter.

  4. Bake 50 minutes at350* or until cake springs back from touch. Remove cake from pan and cool on arack. Dust with sugar, top with berries and serve!