Besides its normal role as a fat, olive oil adds flavor in this delicate and healthy cake recipe. This is the perfect place to use a fancy olive oil. Serve with whipped cream, strawberries, balsamic glaze and fresh basil, if you like.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.


To make ahead: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

267 calories; protein 4.8g 10% DV; carbohydrates 28.3g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 13.4g; fat 15.3g 24% DV; saturated fat 2.4g 12% DV; cholesterol 47.1mg 16% DV; vitamin a iu 74.8IU 2% DV; vitamin c 0.4mg 1% DV; folate 6.7mcg 2% DV; calcium 47.7mg 5% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 3.4mg 1% DV; potassium 68.2mg 2% DV; sodium 188.5mg 8% DV; added sugar 12.6g.