You will be amazed by the simplicity of this moist, decadent dessert! This cake batter is vegan, and does not require eggs or butter. The combination of the orange-flavored olive oil, almond extract, and dark chocolate vinegar is divine. Give it a try!  It may become your favorite dessert.

Serves 6-8

Inspired by Maria Ostrander at Mostly Bakes


  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1/3 cup of blood orange olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dark chocolate vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of almond extract or Disaronno liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Prepare an 8 to 9-inch cake pan by rubbing the bottom and sides with unsalted butter or non-stick spray. Using the pan as a template, cut a piece of parchment paper that will fit nicely in the bottom of the cake pan.  
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the water, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and almond flavoring, then set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a larger mixing bowl and whisk them together.
  4. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth and the cake batter is well incorporated.  
  5. With a silicone spatula, scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. To test if the cake is done baking, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. It is done baking when the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Invert the cake pan onto a 10-inch plate, let it sit for another 10 minutes, and then remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake carefully. Invert the cake again and transfer the cake to a 10-inch plate.  Cool completely for about one hour. 
  7. Dust the cake with sifted confectioners’ sugar and serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries.
Yvonne Dwyer OPL Master Naturalist and OPL Content Contributor

Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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