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  • Other OIls For Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

    Can one use sunflower oil in place of olive oil in Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake?

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (from Nigellissima and on the Nigella website) is made with ground almonds (almond meal) and regular (not extra virgin) olive oil. The olive oil adds a slightly fruity note the the cake mixture but it is not as assertive as a peppery extra virgin oil.

    There is not particular technical reason why a milder or flavourless oil, such as sunflower oil or peanut/groundnut oil, could not be used in the cake. The flavour of the cocoa will tend to be the main flavour in the cake. If using a flavourless oil the cake may lack a certain extra depth of flavour, but very likely it will still be delicious.

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