Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe


Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Serves 6 to 8

This cake has a delicately dense chocolate flavor that is accentuated by the olive oil; which is also the reason for its moist crumb. The smooth silky frosting makes for comforting dessert.


For the cake:

165g plain flour, sifted

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

70g cocoa powder, sifted

120ml boiling water

1 tbsp vanilla extract

180ml extra-virgin olive oil

195g caster sugar

3 eggs


For the frosting:

 2 ripe avocados, peeled and stoned

60g cocoa powder

135g clear honey 


To decorate:

Chocolate pills

Dehydrated permission


Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

Whisk the cocoa, boiling water and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Beat the sugar, olive oil, and eggs in a bowl in a mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed, until light and fluffy.

Decrease the speed of mixer, add the cocoa mixture, and whisk to combine.

Slowly add the flour mixture until it is evenly incorporated. Stop to scrape down the sides of bowl if necessary.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it as the center of the cake will still be slightly moist. Leave the cake tin to cool for 10 minutes, and then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.


For the frosting, process the avocados in a food processor until smooth.

Add the cocoa powder and honey, and process until all ingredients are fully combined and the frosting is smooth and shiny.

Once the cake has completely cooled, spread the frosting on top and decorate with chocolate pills and/or dehydrated fruit. 


Recipe adapted from:

Simple Fare: Spring and Summer Cookbook by Karen Mordechai

The healthy family and home Blog by Karielyn Tillman


Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Lara Ariss

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