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What Olive Oil Should I Use For The Chocolate Olive Oil Cake?

Asked by Clf-joao. Answered on 8th June 2023

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The Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is an amazing cake, super soft and moist! Will be a go-to recipe for sure! I just need some advice with one aspect: the cake tasted and smelled like olive oil a little bit more than I expected - am I doing anything wrong? Maybe my vanilla extract isn’t strong enough or a need a milder olive oil? Any advice?

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is a rich chocolate cake which can be made either gluten-free or with regular wheat flour. The cake includes olive oil rather than butter, which helps to give the cake a moist texture.

It is not really a cake to make with your very best extra-virgin oilve oil as this could be too assertive in the quantity used and could overpower the cake. A standard supermarket olive oil is probably better. If you only have extra-virgin olive oil, or are worried about the flavour of your olive oil still being being too overpowering, then we would suggest using half the quantity olive oil and replacing the other half of the olive oil with a flavourless vegetable oil, such as sunflower oil. This should help to mellow the flavour of the olive oil slightly, but still give a hint of the grassy or peppery notes in the oil.

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