Cake batter recipes capture all the joy of our pleasantly unrefined favorite dessert, but sometimes you need something a little more… elegant. Luckily that’s where olive oil cakes come in. You’ve probably had olive oil cake before, even if you didn’t know it. Olive oil gives these decadent sweets added softness and flavor that’s indulgent and wholesome. And *bonus* they’re also super pretty. Add these 15 completely WOW-worthy cakes to your list of olive oil dessert recipes.


1. Blueberry Glaze Olive Oil Cake: This light and fluffy favorite combines the fruity flavors of blueberry glaze with the richness of olive oil-infused cake batter. And yes, those ARE chunks of dark chocolate inside. (via Ciao Florentina)


2. Lemon Blueberry Olive Oil Cake With Coconut Whipped Cream: This AMAZING cake is simultaneously rich and indulgent + light and fluffy. Pro tip: When making your coconut whipped cream, be sure to refrigerate the coconut milk overnight. (via Life Is But A Dish)


3. Apricot and Almond Olive Oil Cake: Perfect for fall weather, this cake boasts flavors of apricot and almond. Serve it at your holiday gathering to impress your guests with its light body and crispy, crunchy almond accents. (via Scientifically Sweet)


4. Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake: Who would’ve thought that the tangy flavors of grapefruit would pair well with a sweet olive oil cake? Turns out it TOTALLY works. This cake is amazingly light and healthy, with only five ingredients and 300 calories per serving. (via Sugar and Soul)


5. Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake: Strawberry lovers, this one’s for you. In addition to fresh strawberry puree, this cake is flavored with olive oil (obviously), lemon peel, lemon juice, vanilla and powdered sugar for a super-sweet treat. (via The Little Epicurean)


6. Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake: Turns out olive oil cakes aren’t just meant for light, fruity flavors — they also work well with dark chocolate. Pair this delicious creation with a glass of merlot for the ultimate elegant wine-and-cake pairing. (via Kendall-Jackson)


7. Healthier Lemon Loaf Cake: If you’re watching your waistline, indulge healthily with this lemon cake. The tasty olive oil and yogurt-based cake is a lightened up alternative to lemon pound cake. (via Grandbaby Cakes)


8. Olive Oil Ricotta Cake With Plums: Plums are perfect at any time of year, and this olive oil cake makes the most of them by combining them with creamy ricotta cheese. By sure to place the plums upside-down on top of the cake before baking. (via Au Petit Gout)


9. Olive Oil Honey Cake With Fresh Peaches: Honey gives this delicious cake an added burst of sweetness, while peaches give it a fruity flavor. Olive oil and whipped cream pull it together for a yummy masterpiece. (via Hip Foodie Mom)


10. Olive Oil Cake With Rum Glaze: Who doesn’t love rum-infused desserts? This classic olive oil cake has a boozy twist: a light rum glaze. Be sure to let the cake cool slightly before drizzling the glaze over top. (via What’s Cooking Good Looking)


11. Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake: Lemon and rosemary make this delicious cake taste fresh and slightly savory. But don’t be fooled — this is no health food. It does, however, contain natural yogurt, which will give you a rich creamy taste and plenty of healthy probiotics as an added bonus. (via Scarlet Scorch Droppers)


12. Olive Oil Cake With Lavender and Rosemary: Here’s another rosemary-flavored option for you. Bonus points for decorating this pretty little cake with edible flowers. Some popular options are lavender, day lilies, squash blossoms and nasturtiums. (via What’s Cooking)


13. Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Cake: This lemon olive oil cake looks completely classic… but it’s 100% vegan. It’s made with almond milk, olive oil, whole wheat flour, sugar and lemon juice for a completely plant-based indulgence. (via Culinary Hill)


14. Olive Oil, Honey and Apple Cake: This super-yummy cake is flavored with honey and fresh apples. In fact, it’s a copycat recipe from Le Pain Quotidian’s olive oil apple cake. Make it in the comfort of your own home and wow your fam with its AMAZING flavor and texture. (via Pickled Plum)


15. Orange Olive Oil Cake: It’s like comparing apples to oranges! Kind of. Actually, this orange-inspired cake has a similar texture to the apple cake mentioned above, but its flavors are a little more citrusy. Of course, the two options are *equally* delicious. (via The Merchant Baker)

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