Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

This Omakase Berry Chocolate Olive Oil Cake from The Culinistas is layered with fresh berries and deep, dark chocolate glaze. It's like a chocolate dipped strawberry, only better. Coconut sugar gives this dish an unexpected twist.

What you'll need:

Serves 8 to 12

1. 1½ cups all purpose flour

2. ¾ cup + 2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

3. 1½ cups + 2 TB coconut sugar, divided

4. 1½ tsp baking soda

5. 1 tsp salt

6. ¾ cup olive oil, divided, plus more for greasing

7. 1 TB apple cider vinegar

8. 1 ½ cups water

9. 1 cup dark chocolate chips

10. Flake salt, for garnish

How to make it:

Prep Time 20 mins, Cook Time 30 mins

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, ¾ cup cocoa powder, 1½ cups coconut sugar, baking soda & salt. Mix in ½ cup oil, vinegar & water just until a batter forms & no lumps remain. Pour into a greased 9 inch cake pan. Bake until the center is cooked through, 30-35 mins.

3. While the cake bakes, make the chocolate glaze: In a double boiler, melt remaining 2 TB cocoa powder, remaining 2 TB coconut sugar, remaining ¼ cup oil & chocolate chips. Mix until smooth & keep warm until serving.

4. Transfer the cake to a serving platter. Pour the chocolate glaze over the cake & slice.


- If no cake pan is available, use any other oven safe 9 inch pan. Or use a smaller mold & adjust baking time.

- You can line any baking vessel with parchment paper instead of greasing for easy removal.

- Avoid making a chocolate mess by first setting the cake on a serving platter & then drizzling with sauce.

Special Equipment:

Create a double boiler by simmering 2-3 inches of water in a small saucepan, and then fitting a metal bowl on top. Make sure the bowl fits the saucepan snuggly & that no water touches the bowl (just gentle steam). Using a double boiler helps prevent overheating & burning the chocolate.


If you have flake salt or chocolate shavings, sprinkle some on top of the cake after adding the sauce.

Dietary & Allergen Info

Vegan / Dairy Free / Contains Gluten