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Almond and Olive Oil Cake

The use of olive oil in cakes dates back farther than the Chanukah story itself. Olive oil was used in baked offerings at the Temple. This is a super easy teatime cake that reminds me of simple cakes I have eaten in Italy. If you are feeling decadent, serve this with whipped cream.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 35 min
  • Ready Time : 55 min




  • ¾ cup (90g) sliced almonds (with or without skins)
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup (120ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (60g) ground almonds
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest (from one orange)
  • spray oil containing flour


PREHEAT OVEN to 350°F (180°C). Trace an 8-inch (20-cm) round pan on parchment paper and cut it out with scissors. Grease and flour the pan, press in the parchment circle; and grease and flour the top of the parchment and sides of the pan. Sprinkle and spread the sliced almonds on the bottom of the pan to cover it.

IN A MEDIUM BOWL, beat the sugar, eggs, and olive oil for about one minute at medium speed until creamy. Add the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, salt, almond extract, and orange zest and beat until combined. Pour the mixture over the sliced nuts. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

LET THE CAKE COOL in the pan for 10 minutes and then run a knife around the sides. Turn the cake  onto a wire rack and let it cool. Serve the cake almond side up. Store it covered at room temperature for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.


Source: The Holiday Kosher Baker


About Paula Shoyer


Kosher pastry chef and cooking teacher. Author of The Kosher Baker. www.paulaspastry.com and www.kosherbaker.blogspot.com




6 Responses to Almond and Olive Oil Cake

  1. Cant wait to make this. It is definitely my kind of cake!

  2. Love to see your recipes

  3. avatar says: Alice R

    This is a fabulous cake. It is easy to make, and my guests loved it.

  4. avatar says: fanwick

    Excellent cake. The star of the night. Very, very easy to make.

  5. avatar says: mslbl

    Have made this twice to rave reviews and requests for the recipe..Not too sweet, just right!

  6. avatar says: Phyllis

    Can’t wait to make this for the holidays.

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