Desserts

Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

orange cardamom olive oil cake topped with powdered sugar, lemon slices, and fresh mint leaves

Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake has taken over all my thoughts and tastebuds. The orange citrus flavors mixed with the delicious spice of cardamom are a guarantee to please.

If you want to try citrus flavors but don’t have oranges or don’t like them, you can make lemon olive oil cake. It’ll be just as delicious!

When it comes to baking, there’s nothing better than something that doesn’t require any fancy equipment. The smell of a freshly baked cake mixed with the citrus aroma of oranges mixed with the zesty smell of olive oil will have you addicted.

This classic cake with the extra pinches of aromatic cardamom will forever be a family favorite.

If you’re looking for types of delicious cakes to try, then try my Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe, or my Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake. You will not be disappointed.


orange cardamom cake topped with powdered sugar, lemon wedges, and mint leaves
You’re gonna love this cake.


What is Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake?

Let’s get to know about the origin of the Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake.

The olive oil cake itself has a long history, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Olive oil was used as a substitute for butter, which was a luxury item at the time.

The cake became popular in Italy in the early 20th century, where it is known as torta all’olio. It is a simple cake, typically made with flour, sugar, eggs, and olive oil.

The orange cardamom olive oil cake, on the other hand, is a more recent creation. This cake takes the basic olive oil cake recipe and adds a few key ingredients to create a flavor explosion.

Oranges are added to give the cake a sweet and tangy flavor, while cardamom provides a warm and aromatic spice. You end up with a result of a cake that is both delicious and unique.


orange cardamom olive oil cake topped with powdered sugar, lemon slices, and fresh mint leaves
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Top Tips and Notes

Most of these ingredients are pantry staples, but there are a few things to note.

First, make sure you’re using high-quality olive oil. The olive oil will be one of the main flavors in the cake, so you want to use a good quality oil, like Palestinian olive oil, that you enjoy the taste of.

Second, use fresh orange juice and zest. The orange flavor is what sets this cake apart, so you want to make sure it’s fresh and flavorful. Fresh oranges are the best option here.

Third, orange blossom water is an optional ingredient, however, it is highly recommended since it enhances the aroma and flavor. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I know that the orange cardamom cake is well-baked?

Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer and insert it into the center of the orange cardamom cake. It should come out clean or with a few crumbs.

How to store orange cardamom olive oil cake leftovers?

Store the orange cardamom cake in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can also place them in an airtight container in the fridge and keep them for up to a week.


a fluffy slice of delicious orange cake alongside oranges bites dusted with powdered sugar
Deliciously moist cake.

Ingredients for Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a delicious and moist orange olive oil cake. The ingredients for an orange cardamom olive oil cake are relatively simple and easy to find at all grocery stores:

All-purpose flour: The base of all baked goods.

White sugar: For some sweetness.

Baking powder: To help the cake rise and fluff.

Baking soda: To balance and interact with the citrus.

Salt: To balance off the sweetness, you won’t taste it.

Freshly ground cardamom: for the perfect burst of flavor.

Extra virgin olive oil: The fat that holds it together. Use Palestinian olive oil for extra deliciousness.

Large eggs: They act as a binder between all the ingredients.

Orange juice: For some moisture and orange flavor.

Orange zest: Extra concentrated orange flavor that blends into the cake seamlessly.

Blossom (orange) water: For an additional slight orange taste and aroma! You can use vanilla instead.


a side view of cardamom orange cake served alongside fresh oranges and mint leaves
Don’t miss this incredible goodness!

How to Make Cardamom Orange Olive Oil Cake?

First, preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and grease a 9-inch cake pan.

Next, in a medium bowl, add the granulated sugar and the orange zest. Massage them between your fingers so you extract the oils in the zest to give off as much flavor as possible. Now, add in the eggs and whisk well.

Then, add the olive oil, milk, orange blossom (if you’re using it), orange juice, and yogurt to the sugar and egg mixture. Whisk together well until everything is well incorporated.

Now, to another bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cardamom. The best option is for you to take fresh cardamom pods and grind them in a spice grinder so the flavor is strong and fresh.

Next, gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

After that, pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.

Finally, bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Cool Down Your Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

Immediately after removing it from the oven, poke the surface of the cake with a toothpick or with a fork. Pour 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice all over.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cake has cooled, you can serve it as is or decorate it with powdered sugar or an orange sugar glaze.

This cardamom orange cake is a delicious and healthy dessert that you can enjoy without any guilt. It’s easy to make, and packed with nutrients that your body will love. So go ahead and indulge – your taste buds (and your health) will thank you!


orange flower cake decorated with powdered sugar, lemon zest, and fresh mint leaves
Bursting with flavor!

Other Delicious Recipes to Try:

Authentic Walnut Baklawa

Baklava Cheesecake Bars

Tiramisu Cheesecake

Orange Cranberry Bundt Cake

No Bake Mango Cake

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Easy No Bake Lazy Cake Recipe

Nescafe Cake (Ice Box Coffee Cake)

Hilbeh | Fenugreek Cake

Halawat el Jibn (Sweet Cheese Rolls)


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orange cardamom olive oil cake topped with powdered sugar, lemon slices, and fresh mint leaves

Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

Fatimah
This super moist and fluffy orange and cardamom olive oil cake is a classic twist on a classic. It's full of flavor and absolutely delicious!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course brunch, Dessert, party meal
Cuisine International, Mediterranean

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • cup + 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water optional, highly recommended

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and grease a 9-inch cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl, add the granulated sugar and the orange zest. Massage them between your fingers so you extract the oils in the zest to give off as much flavor as possible. Now, add in the eggs and whisk well.
  • To another bowl add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cardamom. The best option is for you to take fresh cardamom pods and grind them in a spice grinder so the flavor is strong and fresh.
  • Add the olive oil, milk, orange blossom (if you're using it), ⅓ cup orange juice, and yogurt to the sugar and egg mixture. Whisk together well until everything is well incorporated.
  • Gradually stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  • Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Immediately after removing from the oven, poke the surface of the cake with a toothpick or with a fork. Pour 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice all over.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cake has cooled, you can serve it as is or decorate it with powdered sugar or an orange sugar glaze.

Notes

  1. Use high-quality olive oil: It is one of the main flavors in the cake, so you want to use good quality oil, like Palestinian olive oil, that you enjoy the taste of.
  2. Use fresh orange juice and zest: The orange flavor is what sets this cake apart, so you want to make sure it’s fresh and flavorful. Fresh oranges are the best option here for an ultimate flavor.
  3. Add orange blossom water: It is an optional ingredient, however, it is highly recommended since it enhances the aroma and flavor.
Keyword cardamom cake, easy cake, olive oil cake, orange cake, orange cardamom cake
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8 thoughts on “Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

  1. Radia says:

    5 stars
    It turned out lovely! I love the combination of flavors/spices. I think next time I shouldn’t overmix the batter (some parts were fluffy, others were dense). This is definitely a favorite mashaAllah ☺️

  2. Candice says:

    5 stars
    This very well may have become my favorite cake of all time !!! It’s a delicate cake with an explosion of flavor… very light, airy, and incredibly delicious. I do recommend using the fresh cardamom and grinding it for best results, but the combination of flavors is seriously so good-follow her steps exactly and you will be in cake heaven 🤤 delicious with coffee btw & so easy to make !

  3. Anam says:

    How in advance can I make the cake??

    1. Fatimah says:

      3 days, if you keep it covered tightly in the fridge.

  4. Mary Ibrahim says:

    Can’t wait to try this! What kind of yogurt did you use?

    1. Fatimah says:

      plain whole milk yogurt

  5. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Delicious !!! I thought I was doing something wrong because the batter was so liquidy but it turned out so good! I didn’t measure the zest but used 2 navel oranges zest and 1.5 oranges juice. Also my bake time was nearly 50 mins but my oven is always slower than everyone else’s. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Azza says:

    5 stars
    I just made this for my in-laws and everyone loved the flavour. I definitely recommend adding the orange blosson water. What a treat! Looking forward to having a slice with my coffee this morning!

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