Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This wonderfully simple gluten-free cake is incredibly moist and tender thanks to the olive oil, has a bright lemon flavor thanks to lots of fresh lemon juice and zest, and is not overly sweet, making it an exquisite dessert to wrap up any meal, or enjoy with alongside tea or coffee any time.

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe
Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Incredibly easy recipe for a moist and flavorful Gluten-free Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

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At the request of so many of you, we made a Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake I think you are going to love!

This wonderfully simple cake is incredibly moist and tender thanks to the olive oil, has a bright lemon flavor thanks to lots of fresh lemon juice and zest and is not overly sweet, making it an exquisite gluten-free dessert to wrap up any meal, or enjoy with alongside tea or coffee any time.

This lemon olive oil cake is moister and more tender than any gluten-free cake we’ve ever made!

It holds together beautifully and is not crumbly at all – in that it won’t fall apart but does still have just the right amount of cake “crumb”, making it so perfect!

And between the subtle hint of olive oil and bright lemon flavor, it’s a wonderfully simple and elegant cake.

It is perfect served with a dusting of powdered sugar or alongside fresh berries, especially in the summer months when they are so juicy!

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

What is an Olive Oil Cake?

An olive oil cake uses olive oil, instead of butter or another oil, as its main fat.

Olive oil cakes have Mediterranean roots as they were originally created as part of a celebration of the the olive harvest.

And olive oil cakes tend to be super moist, and stay moist and tender for days.  We found that our olive oil cake even tastes better on day 2 than day 1 as the cake becomes more tender.

Will you taste the olive oil in the cake?

That depends.

If you use an extra virgin olive oil  (our preference) which is cold pressed, unrefined and has a bolder flavor, then yes, the cake will have a hint of olive oil and you will be able to smell it more as well, but it will not be overpowering. Our family loves to bake this cake with extra virgin olive oil precisely because of the subtle fruity flavor it imparts.

If you use regular olive oil is heated to extract the oil, the flavor is milder and more neutral, and hence barely noticeable in the cake.

BUT … either way, an olive oil cake takes on the flavor of any other flavorings you use in the cake.

In our gluten-free recipe, we are use lots of lemon juice and lemon zest, so the cake has a citrus-y lemon flavor that pairs perfectly with the subtle fruity flavor of the olive oil.. the result is exquisite!

Not being an olive oil expert, I’m linking to an article from Kitchn which gives much more detailed information about different types of olive oil if you’re interested in reading more.

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

 

How to Make our Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

You’ll need 10 ingredients, mostly pantry staples:

gluten-free all purpose flour (with xanthan gum) (we used GFJules, affiliate link)

granulated sugar

baking soda

baking powder

salt

olive oil

Greek yogurt

eggs

lemon juice and

lemon zest

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

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Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

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This recipe is one of the easiest gluten-free cake recipes ever!

It comes together in 3 simple steps:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, Greek yogurt and eggs and mix to combine.
  3. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and mix until batter is smooth.

That’s it, the batter is ready in less than 10 minutes!

All that’s left to do if pour the batter into a lightly oiled pan (oil with olive oil and I like to also cut out a piece of parchment paper and place it in the bottom of the pan to help ensure the cake doesn’t stick to the pan), spread evenly and bake!

Let the cake cool, then sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

This is a perfect gluten-free dessert anytime!

Because it is elegantly simple and flavorful without being overly sweet, it is the perfect gluten-free cake to finish any meal, or a delicious snack or treat anytime!

And it is scrumptious served as it with just a dusting of powdered sugar or alongside fresh berries, especially in the summer months when they are so juicy!

Each slice is unbelievably moist, soft and has the best lemon flavor!

And just look at the amazing soft and tender texture!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive OIl Cake easy gluten-free dessert recipe

 

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Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This wonderfully simple gluten-free cake is incredibly moist and tender thanks to the olive oil, has a bright lemon flavor thanks to lots of fresh lemon juice and zest, and is not overly sweet, making it an exquisite dessert to wrap up any meal, or enjoy with alongside tea or coffee any time.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Holidays, Cake
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
Keyword: easy gluten-free cake recipe, easy gluten-free dessert, best gluten-free cake, gluten-free lemon olive oil cake, gluten-free olive oil cake recipe, moist gluten-free cake recipe
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • 1 9 inch round cake pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we used GFJules, affiliate link
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • scant ½ teaspoon baking powder by scant, I mean just below the fill line. To be more exact use 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup olive oil, plus more for the pan we like extra virgin olive oil which gives a subtle hint of olive oil flavor to the cake; for a less noticeable flavor, use a regular olive oil which has a milder, more neutral flavor.
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest (zest of 2 large lemons)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a 9 inch round cake pan with olive oil. I also like to place a cut out round parchment paper on the bottom of the pan and oil that so make sure it comes out easily. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mix and add olive oil, Greek yogurt and eggs. Mix to combine.
  • Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix to combine and batter is smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 35-38 minutes, checking at 30 minutes and loosely covering with foil, then baking an additional 7-8 minutes until a toothpick come out of the center clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 30 -45 minutes, then turn over to remove from pan, peel off parchment paper and using a second baking rack flip back over. Let cool about 30 minutes or longer. Sprinkle with powdered sugar,and enjoy as is or serve with berries.
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20 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

  1. 5 stars
    My son and I LOVED making this cake! It’s so easy and it comes together quickly!!
    Delicious and moist! It’ll become part of our regular rotation! I swear it tasted even better the next day!

    1. Sorry you had that experience… it’s hard to say without actually being there as it could be a variety of things. The easiest solve for the future would be to bake it longer… gluten-free cakes/ breads/ muffins sometimes (and often unpredictably) require extra baking time, which is why I always recommend covering loosely with foil and continuing to bake until the center comes out clean. Also, do you mind sharing what flour you used? With gluten-free flours, there is a wide variety of blends and that could make a difference. Hope that helps.

  2. 5 stars
    This cake is so easy to make and delicious! It’s our new favorite recipe. We’ve made it for two get-togethers and everyone loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    Our household is not gluten free, but I made this cake for gluten-free house guests. It turned out exactly as pictured! We served it with whipped cream and mixed berries. Everyone loved it, and I loved that it was super-easy. I used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour and a lemon infused extra virgin olive oil from Olivelle. I’ll be making this one again!

      1. 5 stars
        I made it and my mix did have the xanthan gum included. This cake got rave reviews and is now a family favorite!!! Thanks so much!

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious with such a bright lemon flavor! Made this for my GF friend and she was amazed at how moist it was. Will be making again in the future!

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