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The Best Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Light and tender cake with gentle hint of lemon, topped woth fresh berries and powdered sugar
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: apple cake, italian, italian olive oil cake, lemon, olive oil, olive oil cake
Servings: 10 slices


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar total
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice``
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour I use Bob's Red Mill
  • zest of 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper and grease with the non-stick spray or butter.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a wire whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks with ½ cup of the sugar until pale and thick.
  • Combine the olive oil and lemon juice and with the mixer running on low, slowly add it to the yolk mixture. It may look slightly curdled. Add the flour and lemon zest and gently fold into the yolk-olive oil mixture with a spatula.
  • Transfer mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Clean the stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until foamy, then slowly add ¼ cup of the sugar and continue to beat to soft peaks. Gently fold into the olive oil mixture, just barely until incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Spread into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the springform pan and cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries, or as desired.