Gluten Free Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

This was a new recipe for me. I have heard of olive oil cake before, but never tried it. It was definitely a different type of cake. Kind of like a cross between a regular ‘box’ cake and a flourless cake. It was both dense and light and really moist. I didn’t find the olive oil to be overwhelming, but the chocolate made it very rich. I actually decided to freeze one of the 9-inch rounds (this recipe yields two) because I knew there was no way to get through a double layer cake that is this rich. I would definitely make this again, but only if I knew there were going to be a lot of people around to eat it.

I topped the cake with a mocha ganache and served it with vanilla whipped cream and some raspberry coulis. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (adapted from

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour (I used Better Batter)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cold water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  2. With mixer at low speed, beat in oil, vinegar, vanilla and water; beat until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into two 9-inch pans coated with butter and dusted with more (gluten free) flour.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Put the cake pans on cooling racks and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans to cool completely.

Mocha Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup/8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I just used chocolate chips)
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

In a heavy sauce pan, bring the cream almost to a boil. Add in chocolate chips and espresso powder. Remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool slightly before using.

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