Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

Olive Oil Chocolate Cake - Fab Food 4 All

As it was my husband’s birthday today it was a good excuse to raid my recipe box and find a Chocolate Cake recipe.  This one was given to me many, many years ago by an old colleague.  I decided to give the recipe an up to date feel with the olive oil and a bit of a makeover.  The results are a chocolate cake lover’s dream come true! Everyone had seconds at our tea party, I’ve never seen a cake polished off so quickly.

Olive Oil Chocolate Cake - Fab Food 4 All

Weighing the mixture into the tins ensures an even rise in both cakes.

Olive Oil Chocolate Cake - Fab Food 4 All

Don’t make the icing too stiff or it won’t glide over the cakes.

Olive Oil Chocolate Cake - Fab Food 4 All

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Olive Oil Chocolate Cake
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The olive oil in this cake makes it so moist and light and the chocolate fudge icing is simply yummy!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8-10
  • 185g / 6.5 oz Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 140g / 5 oz Castor sugar
  • 2 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 150 ml / 5 floz Light olive oil
  • 150 ml / 5 floz Milk
  • Icing/Topping:
  • 40g / 1.5 oz Butter
  • 28g / 1 oz Cocoa
  • 4 tbsp Milk (approx)
  • 115g / 4 oz Icing sugar
  • 1 Strip White chocolate
  • 1 Strip Plain chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Grease and line 2 x 8” sponge tins with grease proof paper.
  3. Put the oil and milk into a jug.
  4. Break the eggs into a small bowl and whisk.
  5. Sieve the flour, cocoa, bicarb and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Make a well in the centre and add sugar and syrup.
  7. Gradually stir in the eggs, oil and milk and beat well to make a smooth batter.
  8. Pour into the cake tins, weighing to check they are equal.
  9. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the cakes spring back when lightly pressed and the cakes starts to shrink back the edge of the tins.
  10. Turn the cakes out onto a wire cake rack and leave to cool.
  11. Make the chocolate fudge icing to sandwich and decorate the cake.
  12. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  13. Stir in the cocoa and cook very gently for a minute.
  14. Stir in the icing sugar and enough milk to make the desired spreadable consistency.
  15. Spread half of the icing over one cake, lay the second on top and pour the remainder on top and spread over evenly.
  16. Next make the chocolate flakes by using a potato peeler on the strips of chocolate.
  17. Scatter the flakes over the icing.
I found an electric hand whisk perfect for mixing the cake batter.


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  1. Martina Evans

    Fantastic recipe, the cake looks delicious!

  2. Maya Russell

    I think I might make this today as there is a birthday this weekend!

    1. Camilla

      Good idea:-)

      1. Maya Russell

        I did make this yesterday- very easy. It hasn’t risen as much as yours but I think I used a heavier olive oil. Can’t wait to eat it!

        1. Camilla

          Great Maya:-)

  3. slinky

    Absolutely mouth-watering cake <3

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, we love it:-)

  4. William Gould

    It does look and sound delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks William, it’s the cake I make for everyone’s birthday:-)

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  6. Ann Robinson

    I’m not surprised it went quickly, it looks great

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, we had it again for my daugther’s birthday today:-)

  7. Herbert Appleby

    I could murder a wedge of this right about now 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Me too:-)

  8. Bev

    Looks very moist – lovely!

  9. Rachel O'neill

    ohhh sounds lovely, we’ve got a family baking day planned for Sunday, sow ill give it a go.

  10. Heather Haigh

    I love olive oil chocolate cake – so moist and light.

  11. Victoria

    I’m a HUGE fan of olive oil chocolate cakes – it works so well.

  12. Emma Nixon

    Will make a note to try this next time I am asked to make a choccie cake….

  13. Tracy Nixon

    To be asked ‘would you like a slice of Olive Oil Cake?’ might sound a little off-putting but I bet when you taste it you will be bowled over! I asked my mum if she had heard of it and she said she had once tried some and really enjoyed it! I have printed out the recipe and she is going to make one yeah!

    1. Camilla

      It’s one of my favourite cakes and definitely my favourite chocolate cake:-)

  14. Paul Wilson

    Cake that’s healthier is definitely the way forward.

  15. Evelyn Moffat

    Looks delicious

  16. Choclette

    This looks deliciously moist and a lovely cake to have at a birthday tea.

    1. Camilla

      I recently made a different chocolate cake for my daughter’s birthday and although I’d make the ganache again the cake was not a patch on this one!

  17. Richard


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