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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Got that friend’s birthday coming up and looking to do something a little different? Give them the gift of deliciousness and healthy eating with this Chocolate Olive Oil Cake.  The ingredients are super simple and you probably already have them on hand.  OliveoilcakeMany cakes are made with a hearty dose of butter.  Butter, although delicious, is laden with saturated fats.  Research has shown that saturated fats contribute to major chronic conditions like heart disease.  The olive oil in this cake is still a fat, but it is comprised of healthier fats.   These healthy fats are called omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in energy production and inflammation reduction.  Studies have even shown that they help to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.  

IMG_2060IMG_2067Trust me, we do not sacrifice the chocolatey goodness that you’re looking for with a cake.  This recipe starts by mixing your whole wheat flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.  Next, you will pour in your apple cider vinegar, olive oil, warm water, and vanilla extract into the bowl and mix well.  Using a hand mixer to mix usually makes the best cakes.  Pour the batter into a lightly greased cake pan.  Bake the cake at 350F for about 30-35 minutes.  To test the doneness of the cake, insert a fork or a toothpick into the very middle of the cake.  If it comes out clean, then it is all ready, if not, give the cake a couple more minutes and test again. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for another 10-20 minutes and enjoy!

IMG_2956We topped this cake off with a homemade coconut whip cream that was super easy to whip up.  You can top it with any frosting recipe you know or some homemade fruit topping.  What do you think about an olive oil cake rather than butter as the fat? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Total Time
1 hr
Servings: 12
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Pinch of salt literally
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vingar
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  1. Mix all dry ingredients (first 4 ingredients) together in a large bowl
  2. Pour in the remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix well. (Hand mixer delivers best results)
  3. Pour into a lightly greased cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes on 350F. (To see if it’s ready insert a fork into the cake. If it comes out clean, you’re good to go)
  4. Allow to cool for 10-20 minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

**This cake was topped with homemade coconut whipped cream.

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6 Comments on Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

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    August 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Great site! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and they went really well accept this one. I am gluten sensitive and so substituted the wheat flour for coconut flour and the cake came out grainy and crumbly.
    Can you please suggest a gluten free flour substitute that will have the same results? The cake otherwise smelled amazing and would have tasted amazing I’m sure.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Wendy
      August 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm (6 years ago)

      aww that sucks that it didn’t work out! with baking, the proportions have to be so particular, that I would have to play in the kitchen with gluten free flour to see what the right amount would be for a good recipe. in the meantime, check out our other recipes (some of which are gluten free!) xo

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    Stephanie H-N
    June 7, 2015 at 10:11 pm (5 years ago)


    So I’m leaving for the beach in a week and I’m excited to try this ecipe out this week before I make it for my family lol next week. 🙂 What is the nutritional breakdown (fat, sugar, calories, etc.) of this cake?

    Thank you!! I appreciate what y’all are doing for the community!


    • Wendy
      June 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm (5 years ago)

      So I didn’t do the exact nutrient breakdown but based on the ingredients, each serving is about 300 calories (12 total servings in this recipe) so consider it a nice treat for when you have that sweet tooth

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    January 29, 2016 at 1:09 am (5 years ago)

    This sounds delish! What size cake pan is this recipe designed for?

    • Wendy
      January 29, 2016 at 2:35 am (5 years ago)

      I used a round 8-inch!


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