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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019

Hilary Meyer


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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; 15.3 g total fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 189 mg sodium. 68 mg potassium; 28.3 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 4.8 g protein; 75 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mcg folate; 48 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 3 mg magnesium; 13 g added sugar;