Mandarin Orange Olive Oil Cake

Alison from Bit of Butter here with another guest post.  (This will be my last post, since my mom is returning from her travels on Tuesday.)  I wanted to share with you my new favorite dessert: it's quick, it's tasty, and it's a perfect way to use up those mandarin oranges languishing in your fruit basket!

Mandarin Orange Olive Oil Cake

Makes about 8 servings

Butter, for greasing the pan
1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest from 1 mandarin orange
Juice from 3 mandarin oranges
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10 inch baking pan.

Using your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Drizzle the olive oil and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Add the mandarin juice and zest and mix until incorporated.

Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and slowly add them to the wet ingredients until just incorporated.

Pour into prepared bake pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool for 25 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

I am participating in Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


  1. Never tried an olive oil cake before.. Will need to try this

    1. You could definitely tell it was made with olive oil and not butter -- the taste was a little deeper, if that makes any sense! I think these would work well as muffins too!

  2. I made my first olive oil cake yesterday. It had alot of orange zest and was quite good. Thanks for your posts.

  3. I've never made an olive oil cake either. Funny, since I do like focaccio. Anxious to try.

  4. Thank you, Alison for posting for me.

  5. It's been a while since I've been to your blog. This cake looks fantastic! Ahhh mandarines... it's all I've been eating this pregnancy!

  6. Is there no flour in this cake? This could be considered gluten free? That would be great!!!

    1. Oops. I'm sorry, Priscilla. I just corrected the recipe! (This is why my mom is usually in charge!)


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