Citrus Almond Olive Oil Cake

A rich and moist, but springy citrus and almond olive oil cake. It’s full of flavor and easier than you’d think!

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We are going out of order with things here. I had something seasonal on tap to share next, but even the best laid plans…

As some of you may have seen on Instagram, I’m visiting family this week in Pennsylvania. I worked ahead so I’d still have posts for you though! I got out my laptop yesterday morning to put finishing touches on a post, and no sooner had I sat down with the laptop in hand, my mom’s dog, who weighs about 50 lbs and isn’t exactly a lap dog, jumped up on my lap and knocked over a cup of coffee next to me, spilling it all over the entire keyboard. Aaack!

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I was in shock. I couldn’t believe how fast it all happened. Once I came to my senses and starting cleaning up, then I went into kind of a sad stupor and just laid back in bed for an hour. #drama. I’m praying that the hard drive isn’t fried. I will know more when it dries out, but it’s quite an unexpected snafu!

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So instead of seasonal, today I’m sharing this Olive Oil Cake that I probably needed to show you soon anyway since I made it weeks ago! One of our favorite Italian restaurants here in Tampa has Olive Oil Cake on the dessert menu and up until a few years ago, I didn’t know such a thing existed. Since my first introduction to it, I’ve seen citrus versions and almond versions, but never both together!

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The essences and subtle flavors of the olive oil blend beautifully with the citrus and almond flavors. It’s also a very rich and smooth cake, while still be light and springy, not heavy. Rich, yet somehow delicate.

Enjoy it for dessert or even for breakfast with a tall mug of coffee. Or a short, stout mug of coffee. But definitely coffee.

Wait… or wine. Maybe wine if your computer was doused with coffee that day and you’re feeling resentful toward it. :)

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Citrus Almond Olive Oil Cake
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A citrus and almond-infused olive oil cake. The flavors of this cake are so incredibly unique and wonderful!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10 slices
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ c. buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest (or ½ tsp. lemon extract) + 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest (or ½ tsp. orange extract) + 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ⅔ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ c. slice almonds
  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, lemon juice, and orange juice; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and granulated sugar at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Lower the speed to medium-high, and drizzle in the olive oil slowly, beating until incorporated.
  6. Mix in the lemon and orange zests (of if using extracts, add them to the buttermilk mixture).
  7. With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture until incorporated.
  8. Add the buttermilk mixture next, then the remaining flour mixture, until just blended.
  9. Fold in the almonds.
  10. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  11. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  12. Let the cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then carefully remove the pan sides and allow cake to cool completely.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

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  1. says

    I hope your computer is ok, Sarah! Hopefully it just needs time to dry out. This cake looks incredible! I’ve never had an olive oil cake before, but have heard how delicious they are. I love that you combined citrus flavors and almond to flavor this cake! Love how moist and fluffy this looks!

    • says

      Thanks, Gayle! It’s beautiful here in PA today, in the 60s, so we went to the lake and the dog got out of her harness, my mom has no idea how! So we just finished sprinting for 40 minutes trying to catch her. SHE IS TROUBLE, indeed. But, at least there’s CAKE! :) Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. says

    Ugh, that’s awful. Not the cake. That looks fantastic. But your computer maybe getting fried. That’s awful! Hope it’s okay. And I’m impressed that you managed to get so far ahead that you can post stuff while away. We’re heading to the States next week while my kids are on a break from school, and I’m just hoping I’ll manage to get some stuff ready to post! And that’ll probably only happen by posting a little less often than usual for a few weeks!

    • says

      Oh you’re coming to the States? How exciting! For vacay? Where are you guys going? Yes – the computer thing was awful!! The shell is shot, but the hard drive is okay! Thank goodness for that, at least! It’s definitely good to take blog breaks anyway, so take the time off and enjoy!!

    • says

      Thanks, Manali! It will work out one way or another, but wow did it all happen so fast! Lol! These things happen though! This cake has lovely flavors! I hope you try it! :)

  3. says

    Oh no! That’s such a bummer about your computer, hope it’s ok. This looks like a really delicious dessert. I found a recipe for an orange olive oil cake that I have made a bunch of times, so I cannot wait to try out this recipe. Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop!

    • says

      Hi Bev! Yeah, it all happened so fast!! The hard drive is fine – thank goodness! :) Thank you for stopping by from the blog hop! Have a wonderful evening!

    • says

      Oh cool! I love almonds and citrus together. I always think of Olive Oil Cake as an Italian thing, but I never really knew. Maybe the origins are Greek? Interesting! So glad you like the recipe! Let me know if you try it! :)

    • says

      Hi Krissy! Wow – thank you so much!! That’s so kind of you – I always feel honored to be featured. THANK YOU! :) I’ll be back to the party this week, for sure! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  4. says

    This is such a beautiful cake, Sarah! There’s an almond cake in one of my cookbooks that I’ve been eyeing for a while. I think your cake make have given me the push I need to make the cake!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

    • says

      Thanks, Julie! This cake turned out delicious and looks pretty too. I just got back yesterday from visiting family so I’m settling in and about to hunker down to do a ton of baking today!! Perfect Sunday for it since it’s chilly and rainy here in central FL! Probably about the same in your neck of the woods. No better way to spend the day. :) Hope you have a great weekend too!

  5. says

    I have been wanting to make a version of this cake since last citrus season. It is on my to-do list.

    I am having sympathy pains for you over your computer. I hope it all turns out well.

  6. says

    Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you at our party tonight, it starts at 7 pm. We love to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. says

    Oh my, that incident sounds so terrible. I go crazy over misplaced SD card or lost food photos for the blog, and I don’t know what I’d do with myself if that happens to me. I hope you get your laptop fixed soon. This cakes looks sinful, btw. Thank you for sharing and nice to meet you. :)

    • says

      Yes, it all worked out thankfully because the hard drive was fine, but it was stressful! It all just happened SO FAST! Haha. So glad you like the cake! :)

    • says

      Oh cool! I’m glad you’ve had it before and liked it! I loved it when I tried it too! This one is wonderful. I hope you try it! Thanks, Ramona! :)

    • says

      Thank you! I was happy that the photos came out well and the cake looked pretty! Tastes delish too, of course! :) And thanks so much for the party, Serene!

  8. Becky says

    Sarah: I made this shortly after you posted it; it was delicious and is definitely a keeper in my recipe book! Loved it, and so did my family! Although I usually don’t bake, your blog has now become my go-to website for desserts! Can’t wait to try one of the gingerbread recipes that you have posted in the last couple of days!

    • says

      Oh, great! I’m so glad you liked the cake, Becky! It’s got such unique and different flavors from the olive oil! Mine sunk a little bit in the middle last time I made it, but it tasted perfect! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out! I love to get feedback. :) Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  9. carolAnn says

    Ahhhh. ……the beauty is cooling on my counter top at this very moment and the kitchen is fragrant with almond and lemon. Have had this before and always loved the lingering taste of flowery EVOO on my palate- its a must to use the best olive oil possible. We are looking forward to dessert this eve…..this lovely cake with some pretty red raspberries and maybe a glob of whip cream. Thank you for this recipe! Love the addition of the citrus and almond together to my norm of just a touch of almond. Blessings to you. Love your Blog.

    • says

      Oh great! I’m so happy to hear that you tried it! I hope you love it – please let me know how it turned out for you. I love olive oil cake. It’s so unique! The raspberries would be delicious on top!

      • carolAnn says

        Well…….We cut the beauty and it was just as beautiful inside as out. Two nice large slices…..moist on the inside and the slightest crispy crust. A good size sprinkle of red raspberries and a dollop of whip cream and the hubby and I were in heaven- you have a 5 star recipie my dear. It will be made the next time I want to make a friend smile ………………or for my husband who is still groaning with happiness! THANK U SO MUCH FOR THAT wonderful cake!

        • says

          YAY!! I’m thrilled that you liked it! That’s so wonderful to hear! I love getting feedback and I always hope that people like the recipes as much as I do!! Thanks so much for letting me know! :)

  10. Maria Armstrong says

    Love everything with almonds , I can’t wait to try this one! !! Thanks for sharing , let you know how it goes! !!!


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