Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

"I think my soulmate might be Cake ... and is that really such a bad thing?? The addition of the Olive Oil and Buttermilk makes this cake so soft and moist and the juice and zest of a lemon is the perfect partner for the sweet berries."
-- @dianemorrisey
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 35mins
Serves or Makes: 12

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  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon course sugar


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray an 8” square cake pan with baking spray or line with parchment and set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine the sugar, olive oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix until well combined, then add in the eggs.

  • Step 3

    Beat until smooth, then add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat on medium until the batter is light and fluffy. Pour into your prepared cake pan.

  • Step 4

    Scatter the strawberries on top and sprinkle with course sugar. Bake the cake for about 30-35 minutes then check for doneness