KRNC recipe of the month – Orange olive oil cake

A healthy take on cake featuring whole wheat flour and olive oil!

Serving Size: 1 slice

Yield: 12



  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Zest of three oranges, preferably blood oranges
  • ¾ cup of plain non-fat yogurt
  • Juice of 1 oranges preferably blood orange
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Juice of 2 oranges, preferably blood oranges
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add the sugar and zest and mix together until the sugar becomes light orange and the zest is evenly distributed.
  3. Add the yogurt, orange juice, vanilla, eggs, and mix until well combined.
  4. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  5. Gently whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just incorporated.
  6. Using a spatula slowly fold in the olive oil. The batter should appear shiny.
  7. Pour the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan.
  8. Bake on the middle rack for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes, and slice.

For glaze:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Drizzle over each slice of cake and serve.

Nutrition Information / Amount per serving

Calories – 227

Total fat – 11 g

Saturated fat – 2.0 g

Cholesterol – 47 mg

Sugars – 17.5 g

Protein – 4 g

Total Carbohydrates – 29 g

Dietary Fiber – 2.0 g

Sodium – 79 mg

Added Sugars – 15 g

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