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Vegan Cherry Olive Oil Cake

I love cherries and it’s been a long time I’ve being wanting to make a cake with them but this year being on a diet I do not make desserts often,  (the previous one I posted was a recipe from last year), and I really miss baking!

Last week I decided that  since it’s been a couple of weeks that I had not made a dessert that I could indulgie into making a simple cherry cake before the cherry season is over but I did not want to add eggs and butter.

At the beginning I thought of making an older Chocolate Cake I make or the Orange Flavoured Cake, which would satisfy my sweet tooth but at least eat something healthy and delicious. However, I also love to challenge myself and try something new so I did not add the cocoa, instead of adding vegetable oil I opted for olive oil, instead of crystal sugar I used demerera sugar and instead of orange I added lemon.  I used 1 1/2 cups of sugar but my children said it was not sweet enough, so if you like your desserts sweet add 1/2 a cup more.

Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil is of the highest quality olive oils available and is unsurpassed in delicious flavor.    I use olive oil produced by our relatives in Sparta, which is extra virgin olive oil but even if you do not use extra virgin olive oil, be sure to use a good quality one, so that the cake will not have a strong taste. In case the olive oil you are using is too strong add half an amount olive oil and the remaining use vegetable oil.

Olive oil has exceptional nutritional properties and is the best oil to use for cooking. Several studies have shown that olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats, has many cardiovascular benefits. In fact, olive oil is the protective agent of good cholesterol (HDL) and can even increase it. It also lowers bad cholesterol (LDL). Oleic acid, the main monounsaturated fat in olive oil, is also more resistant to oxygen and heat and therefore much more chemically stable than polyunsaturated fats. Furthermore, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats could prevent the risk of coronary disease as well as cancer, diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Greece produces approximately 350,000 tons of olive oil annually, of which 82% is extra-virgin. About half of the annual Greek olive oil production is exported mainly to the European Union, and Italy being the main recipient (75% of the exported oil (????),  but only some 5% of this reflects the origin of the bottled product. Source:  Wikipedia

On the other part, cherries are rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins,  catechins, chlorogenic acid, flavonal glycosides, and melatonin. These gems also contain beta carotene, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, fiber, and potassium, making them good for the blood as they are rich in iron, for diabetes as they help lower blood sugar, they are valued for their cleansing properties as the fruit is believed to remove toxins. Cherries have shown to contain anti-inflammatory properties, which helps arthritis, melatonin, helps insomnia, they are beneficial for the heart, as the antioxidants are thought to be responsible for lowering bad cholesterol, lessening the risk of heart, they protect against cancer and recent studies show that they help in weight loss.

Lemons are another fruit which is thought to have properties that ease arthritis, reduce the risk of heart disease, and cancer. They, too, are high in vitamin C.

The only thing that troubled me when making the cake, was the amount of cherries to use. I pitted half a kilo and had them ready when I began making the cake. I started by adding a thin layer of batter and a layer of cherries, hoping that I would add another layer of batter, the remaining cherries and still have some batter left, to add on top. However, after adding one layer the remaining batter was just enough to cover them so I was reluctant to add the remaining. Since I had the leftover cherries I decided to caramelize them.  The amount in the recipe is only for the cake.

This cake is vegan and since the cherry season is very short if you still want to make it off season, you can still use cherry spoon sweet or cherry compote, fresh or canned to make it whenever you like.   I still have cherry spoon sweet from last year but I preferred to leave it for other desserts and use fresh cherries.

The cake was indeed good. It was very moist and light, packed with the fruity olive oil flavour and with a delicate scent of lemon.

An olive cake may be healthy but everything in moderation and keep the portions small.

To serve, simply top a slice of the cake with a spoonful of the delicious rum cherries and for those who are not vegan,  a dollop of Greek Yoghurt or ice cream if you like. The combination of  rum cherries and yoghurt worked really well with the flavors of the olive oil cake.

Vegan Olive Oil Cherry Cake, Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Baking time: about 1 hour

Makes: 1 cake in a 28 cm baking tin and yields around 14 – 16 pieces


  • 500 grams self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups demerera sugar
  • 10 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 vanillas or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups of water
  • 25 cherries, pitted


  1. Put all fluids in a bowl together with baking soda and slightly beat with a whisk. Add sugar and whisk for a few minutes (no mixer needed).
  2. Sift flour and mix with salt and lemon zest.
  3. Add to the fluid ingredients and mix with the whisk.
  4. Grease a 28 cm. baking tin with olive oil and dust some flour on it or just line the baking tin with parchment paper. Add half of the batter and add the cherries, then cover with the remaining batter.
  5. Bake cake for about an hour in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. (Test with a toothpick after 45 minutes have passed).
  6. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

I am taking a break from blogging for a couple of months, as I need some time to take care of some unfinished work I need to do, although I may be posting a recipe now and then.

We shall be going away on short vacation but most of the time shall be in Athens, so I will be reading your posts on FB.

Have a wonderful summer!!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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  1. Ivy

    Thank you all for contributing to the Event for Rosie and for leaving a message.
    I just posted this recipe early in the morning and I just wanted to let you know that your comments may not appear as in a couple of hours shall be going away for a couple of days. I will have the laptop with me but I am not sure if I will have access to the internet.
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  2. Have fun Ivy! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Please join us for my Momgateway Light Recipes Contest.

    • Ivy

      Thank you.

  3. That cake looks moist and fluffy! A wonderful treat!

    I'd love to be in Greece now. Have a great vacation!


    Rosa xoxo

  4. Kat

    This looks delicious!

  5. Thanks for posting another healthy cake…your cherry recipes are fantastic! I wish you well on your holiday break. Relax, enjoy the sunshine and have a swim for me..

    • Ivy

      Thank you Peter.

  6. Have a great time at your vacations. Your cake looks great.
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    • Ivy

      Thank you Katerina.

  7. Scrumptious cake, never thought of making cake with olive oil till now, cake looks utterly delicious and spongy..

  8. Marla

    This sounds lovely Ivy. I can hardly wait to try it as I am making all things cherry these days. Your photos and the little collage are truly wonderful.

  9. Another great recipe of yours! Your baking is amazing Ivy. Never tried to bake with olive oil I must try it! Sounds very healthy. Kalo kalokairi! Where is the summer photo from?

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    • Thank you Myrto. It was taken at Tolo (Argolida) last year and that's where we went these past days as well.

  10. Have fun on your vacation! I think everyone deserves a treat every once in a while and this cherry cake looks pretty healthy all things considered!
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    • Thank you Joanne.

  11. Je note ta recette. Un cake à l'huile d'olive doit être délicieux.
    Ivy mon amie, passe de très bonnes vacances.
    A bientôt.

    • Merci Nadji.

  12. Lovely cake, have a good time in your trip. Congrats as well. I have an event in my site http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/2010/07/event-
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  13. What a beautiful cake! I just experimented with 3 different olive oil cakes for the Eat My Blog charity bakesale we had in Los Angeles the other week. I wish I had your recipe before to try as well (not that I won't make this for myself + Family). I love how you incorporated cherries and made it vegan. I was researching Greek olive oil cake and couldn't find too much info, so this is great. About Greek olive oil, Greece is the #3 producers of olives second to Italy and Spain but Italy buys up our olives and use it to make their own olive oil (sending the lower quality stuff here to us in the States and keeping the good stuff for themselves!). You are lucky to have fresh olive oil from Sparta! Kalo diakopes Ivy!
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    • Thank you Ana.

  14. hi,ivy!i wish you a wonderful vacation,with beautiful days and relax!your cherry cake is light ,i always use olive oil in cakes recipes who contain oil!
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    • Thank you Simona.

  15. That sounds and looks really scrumptious.. will try it !!!!My husband will loooove this cake.Have a great time!
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    • Ivy

      Thank you Erica.

  16. Lena

    is that supposed to be 2 tablespoons vanilla extract? 2 teaspoons? or is it supposed to be the Greek “vanilla” that is in powder form?

    • The Greek vanilla in powder form or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

  17. we have a lot of cherries too here in France and your cake with olive oil looks fantastic !! bravo Pierre

  18. Ivy,
    Cherry olive oil cake looks really good. I have thinking of baking a cake with olive oil for long time. I think now i need to bake it.

    • Your cake looks awesome. I agree, you can eat it, it is healthy, but in moderation. Good advice.
      Have a great trip Ivy, wishing you a wonderful summer.
      Lori Lynn

  19. Oh wow, that cake is what I want right now! I am so craving something sweet right now! 🙂
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  20. I have never prepared any cake with olive oil as I always believed the aroma of olive oil is bit of overpowering….but I might have misjudged it. Love the cherry cake…and I am thoroughly intrigued with this recipe. Thanks, Ivy, for sharing the recipe.

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  21. Interesting combo. I should try this one.
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  22. Love olives,this is a scrumptious cherry cake 😀
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  23. This recipe appeals to my tummy strings very much. Thank you for putting together such tasty ingredients.

    Have yourself a very nice break and have a fantastic vacation while in beautiful Greece!

    Flavourful wishes,
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  24. i love a piece of this right now! My stomach is like growling after looking at your pictures! love the presentation girl!


  25. Lovely cake Ivy. Kales diakopes!
    Have a nice break and a great summer!
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  26. Your cake looks tender and delicious. The olive oil must give it great flavors, and the cherries are lovely!
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  27. Oh! Olive oil cake…I heard so much about it, but never had one…will sure try it soon. The cake looks moist and love the cherries in it 🙂

  28. Have a nice break! I won't get any cherries in my CSA box this year, due to crazy weather. I will console myself by admiring your cake.
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  29. Keep the cake, just send me the olive oil and the fruits!
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  30. Mmm…love this cake. I like that you used olive oil to make it. And with the lemon and cherries, I can imagine it must be very delicious. I like it. Thanks very much for sharing.

  31. This cake looks fab Ivy!!! Have a wonderful holiday. What I’d give to be on that boat right now …

  32. Have a wonderful time on your holiday! This photo of the sea is just too tempting! AS tempting as that cherry cake, I must say>

    • Thank you Joumana. If you decide to visit Nafplion in September, this beach is only 5 – 6 km from Nafplion.

  33. This looks divine Ivy! May I ask something, what is the purpose of adding wine vinegar?
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  34. This looks like a lovely light cake! I'll have to try it. Hope you're having a wonderful vacation!
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  35. This cake sounds really delicious and looks very moist! I love cherries, too. Have a wonderful summer, Ivy!

  36. jimmycolleen


    My wife is a big fan of Mediterranean cooking. Olive Oil happens to be the main oil used for cooking. I've read that olive oil contains Omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are not recommended in large quantities. What is the maximum amount of olive oil that I can consume everyday and be on the safe side?

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    • Ivy

      I am not an expert on this but from what I know is that 30-40% of your daily calories intake from healthy fat is acceptable. However healthy fats are not only found in olive oil but we get them in fruits, veggies, fish, eggs, nuts, etc.

      The olive oil my family takes on a daily basis is that everyday I cook for 5 with olive oil and that amount could be from a couple of spoonfuls (depending on the recipe and if we are on a diet) to half a cup and our salad always has a a few tablespoons of olive oil in it as well.

  37. This reminded me that I've been meaning to make an olive cake for a while now but I have never got around to it. A good olive oil cake has been on my list. This will be the one olive oil cake I will make at my wonderful cooking class!!