Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Nigella Lawson)

Yesterday evening I might have spent a good half an hour debating between Nigella's Everyday Brownie and Chocolate Olive Oil Cake... It finally boiled down to a battle between butter and olive oil.. and since health ranks above all in every homemakers' world, olive oil won... well in this case extra virgin olive oil won, because that is what i had in hand. The outcome was a sheer delight. though there wasn't any occasion to celebrate, with a cake like that in hand, yesterday felt special. husband was grinning-happy, baby asked for more... and i was glad that i chose to bake the chocolate olive oil cake..

just wanted to note a few things before i go onto the recipe... i mostly followed Nigella's recipe except that i used EVO instead of regular olive oil and granulated sugar instead of superfine sugar. also, because i did not have enough almonds, i used plain flour and sprinkled some roasted almonds on top for flavor... and as you can imagine it gave a nice crunch to the cake without making it very heavy. 

another thing, if you can, control your urges of digging into the cake right away. for whatever reason... this cake gets better every hour.  the soda smell which was obvious in the first hour magically vanished by the time we put our baby to sleep and cut ourselves nice big slices of the cake ... and the cake tasted awesome with ice-cream and cherries...

Chocolate Olive Oil CakeRecipe Source : Nigella Lawson Express
  •  cup regular olive oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour or 1 ½ cups almond meal 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (I used granulated sugar)
  • 3 large eggs
  • chopped roasted almonds for garnish (optional)
  the method
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch spring-form tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment or line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper. (I used my cake pan.)
  • Measure out the unsweetened cocoa into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, chocolate-y, runny paste. stir in the vanilla extract and set the mixture aside to cool a little.
  • In another bowl, sift in the flour along with baking soda and a pinch of salt.
  • Beat the sugar and olive oil (preferably with a hand-mixer) till the mixture looks smooth and creamy. then beating continuously add the eggs one by one. continue beating until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream, about 5 minutes.
  • then turning the speed down, add the cocoa mixture. once that is well incorporated, slowly add the flour mixture and beat lightly till a smooth uniform batter is formed.
  • now pour the batter into the prepared tin, sprinkle the chopped almonds on top, in case you are using them and bake the cake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until the sides are set and the center, on top, looks slightly damp. (my cake tester came out clean at 42 minutes. however Nigella says that the tester should mostly be clean but can have a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.)
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, still in its tin. then ease the sides of the cake with a small metal spatula and spring it out of the tin.(since i had lined the cake pan with parchment paper I did not have to use metal spatula, it came off the pan easily.)
  • Leave the cake to cool completely or eat while still warm with some ice cream, as a pudding. however as i noted above the cake gets better every hour so try and hold yourself back and you'll be fairly rewarded ;-)

Happy Baking and have a nice weekend !

I am linking this post to the event Cook like a Star, organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking

You can read more about the event here.

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  1. That looks like an awesomely rich cake... wud luv 2 try someday!!!

    1. It looks rich but is really light and airy. I am sure you'll agree when you try it.

  2. I've seen this recipe before. I'll have to try it!

    1. I am sure you'll like it. It really nice.

  3. What a coincidence...I had thought to try this cake yesterday and dropped due to some reason..Anyway, i will try it soon...Your cake looks simply adorable and yummy...Love it :)

  4. This is a lovely cake, sounds and looks good! Thanks for the tips with your success in using the EPO. I always have EPO but not the regular olive oil in my pantry. I like it that your cake has roasted almonds for the top, I love almonds!
    Thank you for linking!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Joyce ! Have a great weekend.

  5. Looks very yummy and i am a great fan for nigella's cooking.

    1. Thanks Poornima. I am loving her recipes too.

  6. What a lovely cake! I am a fan of Nigella so would be happy to give this a go.

    1. Oh please do. I am sure you'll like it.

  7. What a stunning cake!!! You made a delicious decision :)

    1. Oh yes. I am glad that i picked this :)

  8. At this month Nigella event, I have seen lots of chocolate olive cakes made with this recipe. Yours look great too! Nice to know that the healthy olive oil is a great winner! Bye bye butter... Or maybe not :p

    1. Olive Oil is good for everyday cake. but celebration definitely calls for butter...
      I have saved the brownie recipe for a special occasion ;-)

  9. This looks amazing! I have been meaning to try to make an olive oil cake soon. I keep seeing delicious recipes like this one. I will have to give this one a try soon. :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  10. What a beautiful cake! I've seen so many recipes for olive oil cakes, but haven't tried one yet. This looks so delicious!

  11. Wow, that's a perfect looking cake, wish I got a slice of it now :)

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