Torta di olio d'oliva - Olive Oil Cake Recipe


3 eggs 

2-1/2 cups India Tree Caster Sugar

1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

1-1/2 cups milk 

Grated zest of 3 lemons, plus 1 orange, sliced, for garnish 

2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

Pinch of salt 

Confectioners’ sugar (powdered) or cocoa for dusting

Optional candied citrus peel



Torta di olio d'oliva - Olive Oil Cake Recipe 

When you serve this soft, succulent, easy to make, olive oil cake no one will be able to resist taking a second and even a third piece - especially if you use the best oil you can find and the freshest eggs! 

Options for this simple olive oil cake recipe include using any citrus fruit in place of the orange like lime, lemon or grapefruit. Or combine two or three citrus to make a zesty treat!


1) Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a 12-inch cake pan.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until blended.

3) Add the olive oil, milk, and lemon zest and mix well.

4) In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

5) Add to the egg mixture, stirring just until blended. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

6) Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

7) Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Loosen the sides with a knife and invert onto a serving plate.

8) Dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar and cut into 12 slices. Garnish the individual servings with fresh citrus slices.

Adapted from one of our truly all time favorite cookbooks,
Italian Food Artisans , Traditions and Recipes, Pamela Sheldon Johns