Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Whilst reading my favourite blogs one morning I came across this Lemon Olive Oil cake on City Hippy Farmgirl's blog.  This was a new one for me as I had never made a cake with so much olive oil.  With a huge bag of lemons staring at me I couldn't wait to give it a go.

Today I finally had the chance and it is divine.  The recipe makes either two cakes or one cake and eight muffins.  I did have one small issue.  When a recipe says eight muffins it means eight not six.  Yep, I made one cake and squeezed the remainder of the batter into a 6 cup muffin tray.  Firstly for the recipe and I'll get back to those muffins later.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients for cake/muffins
4 eggs, room temperature
400g caster sugar
250mls olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 lemons
450g self raising flour, sifted

Ingredients for Icing
1 cup icing sugar
Juice of ½ a lemon
Zest of ½ lemon for decoration

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Grease a 20cm round cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.  Grease muffin trays to make up 8 muffins.  Alternatively if making two cakes then you would grease two cake tins instead.

Beat the eggs and sugar in an electric mixer until pale.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil whilst mixing.

Pour into a mixing bowl or just leave in the bowl from the mixer as I did.  Add the lemon zest and lemon juice.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  Gently fold in the self raising flour.

Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin and muffin trays or if making two cakes pour into the two cake tins.

Bake the muffins for 15 minutes and the cake for 45-50 minutes.

Once cooked remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

In the meantime you can make up the icing.  Add the icing sugar and lemon juice to a small bowl and mix with a spoon.   If too thick add a little water or if too thin add a little more icing sugar until you reach a fairly runny consistency.

Poke a few holes into the tops of the muffins and cake and then pour over the lemon icing.   The muffins and cake will be warm/hot so the icing drizzles and soaks in a little.  Decorate with the lemon zest.

Eyes lit up when they tasted this one - a keeper.

Now back to those muffins.  Firstly this is what happens when you try and squeeze batter for 8 muffins into a 6 cup muffin tray.

I knew I was in for some trouble already.

Removing the muffins then becomes a bit of a challenge.  I was basically left with 6 muffin tops and 6 muffin bases.  Some of the tops also crumbled a little just to make it more interesting.

Photo says it all.

Not ready to give up that easily I used the lemon icing to stick the muffins back together.  Although not the best presented muffins I'm happy with the little fix up.

Rescue Muffins.

Looks aside they are absolutely delicious.  

I'm glad I found this recipe as I will be using it again and again however I will do as I'm told and make 8 muffins - lesson learned.


  1. That looks delicious and moist, Kylie. I wonder if I could cut this recipe in half? I have a Meyer lemon tree, and those would be perfect for this recipe. You certainly are a busy baker.

    1. I believe you can as I remember reading a comment from another reader. I hope your enjoy as it really is a lovely cake.

  2. I love anything that has lemon or lime in it! This looks like a beautiful recipe, Kylie. We live and learn, don't we? I have made some corker of mistakes in the kitchen, thinking "oh it'll be okay"! So now I mostly take note of a recipe 😉Have a lovely day.

    1. I'm a big lemon lover. Must try limes more often too.

  3. This cake looks delicious and I just love lemon in cakes and even more so in icing. If I hadn't started my "no sugar" allowed diet, I'd have to source some lemons and give it a go - instead I'll just drool over the picture and imagine the bursts of citrus flavour hitting my taste buds. Cheers

    1. I'm with you Lyndie as I don't eat sugar either. I've been this way for so long now that I don't miss it at all. I remember my trainer once saying that a banana will be enough to satisfy your sugar fix one day - thought it would never happen but it did.


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