Apple and Olive Oil Cake, healthy and light

Apple and Olive Oil Cake, healthy and light

By 22/04/2015

Yesterday when I picked up the children from school I brought this cake for them just like my mum used to do for me. How can you ever forget mum's cakes?

I have changed mum's original recipe and I swapped butter for olive oil which would make any cake much lighter. Summer is on its way and we want to keep nice and trim!

I only put 5 tbsp of olive oil in the mixture, the apples will make sure the cake will be nice and moist anyway. This is not too sweet either. I have used brown sugar but you could replace the sugar for honey if you prefer. Honey changes the texture a little but it will be just as nice. My grandma always used honey in all her cakes, with grandad being a beekeeper she used to make the most of her delicious organic honey!

She thought that was normal, she never realized how lucky she was.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes



In a bowl mix the eggs with the sugar, the oil and the lemon zest.

mixing sugar and eggs

Peel and slice the apples into thin slices.

sliced apples

Add half of them to the bowl with the mixture and the flour; mix well. Add a few tbsp of milk, enough to make a smooth semi-runny texture.

adding apples

Put the mixture onto a round greased baking tray (measuring approx 22 cm or 8.6 inch diameter) and lay the remaining apple slices on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cook it at 150C or 300F for 45 minutes.

apple cake

Check with the toothpick if the cake is ready. If it is still wet inside leave it in the oven a little longer. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving (optional).

olive oil apple cake

I am entering this to "Bake of the Week" hosted by Helen.


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23 Responses to Apple and Olive Oil Cake, healthy and light

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Another wonderful recipe! This “Apple Cake” looks delizioso! A simple recipe plus a light and healthy one as well. I like this cause it is not gooey and can easily be transported. Anything with apples is my kind of dessert. I agree with you dear friend, there is nothing like your mom’s cakes or cooking. Your grandmother used honey which must have been so flavorful, especially with your granddad being a beekeeper. Wow, as you said she sure was lucky all right. Thanks for sharing..Have a great week…
    Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. gloria

    This apple cake look amazing and delicious cara!

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Che torta deliziosa, con questi ingredienti genuini mi viene voglia di rifarla! Un abbraccio!

  4. Diana

    Look fab. I love any baked goods with apples! I love your new photo too!!! Come sei bella!

    • Alida

      Sei cara, grazie!

  5. Ray

    Cake looks great what size tin?

    • Alida

      Hi Ray,

      My tin was 22 cm or 8.6 inch diameter.

  6. Elisabetta

    My favourite cakes, puddings etc are those containing fruit. Apple cakes are delicious and if made with olive oil then they are a healthier choice.

    • Alida

      I agree!

  7. Choclette

    Oh yes, this looks delicious. Using less fat sounds like a good idea. I have sometimes used apple puree instead of fat in cakes, but they don’t generally last as long.

    I am now dreaming about making all my cakes with honey – what bliss that would be. We’ve had our bees for 3 years now and still not been able to take any honey. One day – maybe!

    • Alida

      Great idea. Cakes would be so much healthier with honey. Making honey is quite labour intensive and not always easy. I didn’t know you had bees, that’s great!

  8. Vicki Bensinger

    What a lovely cake – I like that you used olive oil and packed with apples. I’m sure it’s delicious!

  9. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Another delicious cake Alida! It looks so full of apples. I bet it would taste amazing with honey!
    I sometimes take cake when I collect my daughter from school. It’s so good to see her smile as she eats it.

  10. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    This looks absolutely delicious Alida!
    So happy to have ‘discovered’ your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Lucy -BakingQueen74

    What a tasty and pretty cake, I bet it tastes lovely with the olive oil and honey! #bakeoftheweek

    • Alida

      Thank you Lucy.

  12. Casa Costello

    So stunning! What a creative use of Olive Oil – Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek once again – New roundup open as soon as I can get my camera working! (In about half an hour!) x

    • Alida

      Thank you for hosting Helen!

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  14. Emma

    This cake is lovely, Iโ€™ve made this a few years ago and I canโ€™t remember what types of apples I used.
    Do you use red apples?

    • Alida

      I usually like sweet apples but cooking apples or any apples you like would do.

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