This is the best chocolate cake you will ever make, and it contains no eggs. Try it with my mocha glaze and mascarpone cream filling or with a chocolate sauce and just plain whipped cream! Either way you'll love my chocolate olive oil cake.
My favorite Chocolate Olive Oil Cake.
Everyone knows my roots are in Italian Cuisine, and when in doubt I always fall back to what has served me faithfully these many years.
The first time I ever had an olive oil cake, or for that matter, olive oil was in Mama Jeanette’s kitchen. She asked me what I wanted for dessert and I said a chocolate cake, she laughed and said: “sonny boy, Mama Jeanette has just the cake for you!”
When I saw her add the olive oil, I tried to imagine how I would ever be able to eat that cake…..sigh……but after my first bite, my doubts vanished and I ate half the cake that night.
It had been many years since I had that chocolate olive oil cake, and I did take some liberties with the recipe. I added a mascarpone filling and a mocha glaze.
The cake was excellent, as good as I remembered, and the mocha glaze was a nice addition. And the mascarpone cream went well with the chocolate. If you want to make a simpler cake, whipped cream would make a delicious filling.
I do hope you give this cake a try, I promise it will be love at first bite! And if you like cake as much as I do, you may want to try my Orange Yogurt Cake.
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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 cup mascarpone or cream cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ Cup Greek Yogurt
- ¼ Cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons powdered instant espresso
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 2/3 cups finely chopped dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
- With your mixer on low speed beat in the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the two 9" prepared pans, coated with butter and dusted in flour or sugar.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not over bake the cake. It should be firm to the touch, and a cake skewer inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
- Put the cake pans on cooling racks and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans to cool completely.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, combine the mascarpone, cream, Greek yogurt, sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until the mixture becomes thick, about 5 minutes
- stir together the instant espresso and boiling water until smooth. Set aside.
- Combine the cream and the corn syrup in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the espresso.
- Pour the mixture over the chocolate and let sit, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the sauce is very smooth.
- Keep warm until ready to use, or let cool to room temperature and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Reheat chilled sauce over very low heat on the stove top or in the microwave until warm enough to pour easily.
- Frost Between the cake layers and pour a generous amount of the mocha glaze over the top of the cake allowing it to run down the sides.