This Gluten Free Olive Oil Cake is heaven in every bite. It’s easy to make and incredibly delicious. The texture is light, fluffy and moist in every bite!

gluten free lemon olive oil cake with powdered sugar

If you’ve never had olive oil cake, prepare for your life to change forever! I remember the first olive oil cake I ever had, it was perfection…and also life changing.

From the first bite to the last – I was mesmerized! The textures and flavors of an olive oil cake make you want to keep coming back for more.

I made this recipe of an olive oil cake, gluten free friendly so that some of my family members can enjoy the deliciousness of an olive oil cake.

However, you don’t have to use gluten free flour! See the FAQ section below for more details but you can sub gluten free flour 1:1 with regular all purpose flour.

The texture of this Gluten Free Olive Oil Cake is light, moist, fluffy with the perfect amount of denseness in every bite.

The light lemon flavor perfectly complements the richness of the olive oil. The olive oil is key in this recipe because it is responsible for the moistness and richness of the cake.

Top it all off with powdered sugar and some fresh fruit — PERFECTION!

Main Ingredients

gluten free lemon olive oil cake ingredients

Does the cake taste like olive oil?

This is my most asked question and the answer is…no! The olive oil flavor seems to bake off while in the oven. When paired with the lemon it comes out beautifully.

What are the benefits to baking with olive oil?

  • Moist cake
  • Richness in every bite
  • Healthy fats that are good for you
slice of gluten free lemon olive oil cake on a plate

How to Make Gluten Free Lemon Olive Oil Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  3. Once combined, fold in the dry ingredients
  4. Line a 9×9 circular pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with nonstick (I like to use coconut oil spray)
  5. Pour the olive oil cake batter into the pan and spread in an even layer
  6. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the top are edges are golden. A toothpick should also come out of the center clean.
  7. Let cool in the pan for 1-2 hours before taking the cake out of the pan
  8. Since the cake is fully cooled, you can frost or cover in a layer of powdered sugar. I also like to top it with some fresh strawberries.
  9. Slice and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use gluten free flour?

Nope! You can substitute the gluten free flour for regular all purpose flour.

Do I have to add lemon juice?

You don’t have to but I highly recommend it. Removing the lemon juice could affect the final cake result. Not only does it add to the flavor but it also affects the leavening and tenderness of the cake after baking.

How do I know the cake is done baking?

You know the cake is done if a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

Can I use frosting on the cake?

You could frost the cake! I love to keep it simple with a powdered sugar coating on top.

How to store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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eating a slice of gluten free lemon olive oil cake
a slice of gluten free lemon olive oil cake on a plate
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Gluten Free Olive Oil Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 slices
This Gluten Free Olive Oil Cake is heaven in every bite. It's easy to make and incredibly delicious. The texture is light, fluffy and moist in every bite!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 lemon, juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Combine the olive oil, greek yogurt, granulated sugar, eggs and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl
  • Once combined, fold in the gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Line a 9×9 circular pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with nonstick (I like to use coconut oil spray)
  • Pour the olive oil cake batter into the pan and spread in an even layer
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the top are edges are golden. A toothpick should also come out of the center clean when it's done baking.
  • However, make sure to not overbake the cake as it will dry out.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 1-2 hours before taking the cake out of the pan.
  • TIP : I like to flip the pan upside down to remove. It should come out easily due to the parchment paper on the bottom of the pan.
  • Since the cake is fully cooled, you can frost or cover in a layer of powdered sugar. I also like to top it with some fresh strawberries.
  • Slice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal
Author: Jessica Selensky
Course: baked good, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: cake, gluten free cake, gluten-free baking, lemon olive oil, lemon olive oil cake, olive oil cake

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gluten free lemon olive oil cake with a slice cut