Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vegan Citrus Olive Oil Pound Cake

Vegan Lemon Cake

It might sound a little strange to make a cake with olive oil, but the Italians have been baking with it for centuries. The delicate olive oil flavor makes an excellent substitute for the heavy, dense texture of butter and adds a verdant kick to the ethereal cake. Just make sure you use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. Anything less and you will lose the characteristic flavor.

Blood oranges are in season right now, which means you should snap them up before they are gone. Their ruby red hue and berry tinged sweetness is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Add a scoop of coconut vanilla ice cream...bliss.

For more baking tips check out our guide to Essential Vegan Baking Substitutions.

2 cups flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbs lemon zest
1 Tbs orange zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a Bundt pan. I like to use a grapeseed oil spray from Spectrum Organics, but any neutral canola oil will work well too.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl whisk together the olive oil, agave nectar, water, lemon juice, zest and extracts.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a whisk until combined. Don't overmix or your cake will be tough.
5. Fill the pan evenly and pop into the oven for about 30 minutes rotating the pan half way through to promote even baking. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Note: It's important to cool the cake completely in the pan or it will stick to the sides and you will be left with a bit of a mess.
6. Slice and serve with a side of blood orange compote and a scoop of vanilla Coconut Bliss ice cream.

Blood Orange Compote
Recipe inspired by Smitten Kitchen 
Segment three blood oranges and place in small saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons agave nectar and 1 Tbs water. Turn to medium low heat and cook, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until the oranges are soft and the consistency of a loose jam.


  1. This sounds awesome! I've really been into making bundt cakes lately and want to make vegan ones. Definitely bookmarking this recipe! Beautiful bundt cake shape too, I've been pining after that pan.

  2. Just fallen in love with this cake at first sight! LOVE bundt tins, just shared this on my blogs Facebook page, what a great way to impress people with a flavorful vegan cake!

  3. What are the dimensions of the bundt pan you use (in terms of diameter and height)?
    Also, is the agave nectaor mainly just for flavour, or is it equally important in holding the mixture together? I'm asking because I would like to substitute with honey.