Apple cake with extra virgin olive oil |

Apple cake with extra virgin olive oil

Pontus Hagman

You will love how easy this cake is! Make a delicious rustic and healthy apple cake with olive oil.

It is a universal rule to use olive oil in salads, but how and why to use it in cakes?

Extra virgin olive oil gives the cakes a threefold benefit:

  1. The vibrant aroma and freshness 
  2. Beneficial effect on health
  3. Serves as a preservative


  • 2 large Gala apples
  • 1-2 oranges
  • 3 cups (380 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (200 g) of sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (100 g) gold raisins
  • icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 175 °C
  • Squeeze oranges in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Peel and chop apples finely as possible. Transfer them to a bowl with orange juice to soak in for a while. Just enough juice to toss and coat apples to prevent browning.
  • Soak raisins in warm water for 15 min, and then drained them well.
  • Sift flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In another broad bowl mix together sugar and olive for about 2-3 minutes until it's well combined.
  • Add to wet mixture (sugar & olive oil) eggs, one at the time. Mix it for another 2-3 minutes.
  • In another large bowl where you had dry ingredients (flour and spices), make a well in the middle and with a spatula add wet mixture (sugar, olive oil, eggs).
  • Use a wooden spoon stir until just blended.
  • Add drained apples and raisins. 
  • The batter should be fairly thick.
  • Line a 22 cm cake pan with baking paper. 
  • Add batter to the pan. Spoon thick batter into the pan, and level the top with the back of your wooden spoon.
  • Bake it for 40-45 min or until an inserted toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean. (Don't over bake it to keep the cake nice and moist.)
  • Cool completely in the pan.
  • When ready, simply lift the baking paper and transfer the cake into a serving dish.
  • Dust with icing sugar.
  • Voilà!  

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