Lemon and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake #STAROliveOil

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My husband read a health related article a few months ago that suggested that we need to significantly increase the amount of olive oil in our diet in order to maintain heart health. Since then I have been trying to figure out how to do this without just chugging olive oil straight out of the bottle. I love the flavor of olive oil but there are only so many things I can do with it, right? We have been rubbing it on fish before it goes on the grill, dipping our garlic bread in it and using it to roast vegetables. Wherever I used to use butter I have been trying to use olive oil instead. When I was asked to try out STAR Usage Pairings Olive Oil I decided I needed to start thinking outside the box a little bit!

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Olive oils all have slightly different flavors to them that depend on the variety of the olive used, the climate it grew in, and how it was pressed. Making sure to pair these varieties of olive oils with the right sorts of foods will provide the best balance of flavors in your final dish. STAR Usage Pairings Olive Oil take the guesswork out of cooking by telling you which type of food would pair best with each variety. You can choose from Arbequina for vegetables, Hojiblanca for poultry and fish, or Picual for beef and lamb. These olive oils can be used to infuse flavor into all sorts of dishes. They were all easy to find at Walmart right next to all the other varieties of olive oil.

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I chose to use the STAR Arbequina olive oil for this recipe because of it’s light flavor. I love the combination of lemon and rosemary and along with olive oil it is a frequent flavor pairing for my seafood and vegetables. I decided to take those delicious flavors and create a tasty dessert and it was incredibly easy to make. In fact, I even doubled the recipe and made an extra Lemon and Rosemary olive oil cake to keep in the freezer as a last minute dessert the next time we have guests over for dinner! People will be wowed by my ability to whip up something tasty on a moments notice and I will actually have done nothing but thaw it out a few hours ahead of time!

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I highly recommend using fresh lemons and rosemary for this recipe. While you can certainly make a tasty dessert with a bottle of lemon juice and a jar of dried rosemary, I don’t think the flavor will be quite as developed. For all you gardeners out there, rosemary is incredibly easy to grow yourself. I have a shrub in the back yard and while it doesn’t exactly thrive in the cold weather I can go out and snip a few sprigs whenever I need them. Combined with the light and almost fruity taste of the  Arbequina olive oil this was a delicious way to boost the amount of olive oil in my diet!

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Lemon and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake


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Lemon and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

A wonderful blend of sweet and savory. Rosemary and lemon flavors balance out nicely for a simple yet elegant dessert.

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • grated zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup STAR Arbequina olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh rosemary plus a few more needles for decorating
  • FOR THE GLAZE: 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 TBSP (approximately) lemon juice. Add more or less juice depending on desired consistency.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 4 inch loaf pan
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs for 1 minute or until slightly frothy
  3. Add sugar and beat for 2 to 3 more minutes
  4. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until combined.
  5. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and dried rosemary.
  6. Add the olive oil and flour mixture to the eggs mixture.
  7. Using a wooden spoon to mix just until combined.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool and remove from pan.
  10. Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake immediately before serving. Sprinkle with a few remaining rosemary needles if desired.



Think the new STAR Usage Pairings Olive Oil look like something you might enjoy trying out in your own kitchen? Check out giveaway on the STAR Facebook Page and enter your information to enter to win! Follow STAR olive oils on Twitter  and Pinterest to get more great recipe ideas!

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The next time you are wondering what to do with olive oil, try to think outside the box a little bit! Sure, it goes great in Italian food or for cooking your vegetables but by combining a few sweet and savory elements with the delicious flavor of olive oil you may be able to create omething truly unique!

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This olive oil cake recipe post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client.


  1. This looks absolutely amazing! I love rosemary.
  2. Amber Edwards says
    Oh my goodness, that cake looks absolutely delicious! I have never had lemon and rosemary in a dessert before. I have got to try this!
  3. Diane - your Lemon and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake looks DELICIOUS!
  4. this looks amazing, I will have to make this!
  5. YUM! I will have to try this because I would have never thought to put all those together in a cake!
  6. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fabulous recipe!
  7. Oriana @mommyhoodsdiary says
    Wow… it sounds interesting!!! I never would have thought to put olive oil in cake. it looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Beautiful!! Lemon is one of my all time favorites for deserts and sweet things. The Rosemary sounds like a lovely addition too!!
  9. Diane, wonderful post! I had no idea Olive Oil paired up with foods...like wine! This could be the next big thing. Your education on the different oils is Fab. The pictures make my mouth water. Awesome job!
    • Im glad you found the post informative and the recipe tasty looking! We are enjoying the cake and I look forward to trying the other two varieties in a few other kitchen creations!
  10. How delicious is this! Thank you so much! #client
  11. This is such a lovely cake! I am very into rosemary right now and the flavors of this cake look and sound absolutely delicious! I love seeing what everyone is doing with their olive oil recipes!

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