Light and tender, this cake is easy enough for casual weeknights, but fancy enough to impress weekend dinner guests.
There are many recipes on this site that are fabulous but ultimately forgotten, sadly, in my search for new great recipes. (I can only eat so much dessert, y’all.)
Then there are other recipes that I fall head over heels in love with and bake over and over again. Like this simply dreamy lemon olive oil cake.
I first stumbled upon the recipe several years ago as I was planning a little dinner party. I needed an impressive dessert that wasn’t too heavy, but also uncomplicated and not stress-inducing. This cake was such a hit that evening that it’s made many more appearances at parties and potlucks since then.
The cake is very tender and moist with subtle lemon and olive oil flavors. The olive oil gives it a certain something that sets is apart and elevates the cake from good to great. This cake can be served many ways, though my favorite is with sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries.
> Note: Recipe originally published in March 2011. Photos have been updated and recipe has been reworded for clarification.
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