This brightly flavored Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake is easy to make yet definitely stands out on a dessert table.
It is composed of three layers of lemon olive oil cake lightly frosted with strawberry whipped cream.
Things rarely go according to plan. I’m the type of person that is already thinking of Plan B, C, D, and E before Plan A even has the chance to come to fruition. I like being prepared and ready for anything.
Friends and family assume that I can whip up a cake in a flash. In reality, baking anything requires a bit of prep. From acquiring ingredients to factoring in baking and cooling time, it takes a while.
When I’m invited to a last-minute gathering or celebration, this is the kind of cake I search for in my recipe arsenal.
Quick and Easy Lemon Olive Oil Cake
This strawberry lemon olive oil cake is quick and easy to make. In in a pinch, it doesn’t require the use of a stand mixer or even an electric hand mixer. (Patience and one strong arm will do!)
This is the kind of cake I can bake in the morning and have ready for a party by the early afternoon. The cake batter is very easy to whip together. It’s as simple as those cake boxes from the market.
The only difficult part is waiting for the baked cake layers to cool down. And honestly, even that part didn’t take too long.
I placed the cooling rack in the coolest area of the kitchen and it took less than 20 minutes to cool to room temperature.
Next time you’re in a pinch or just in dire need of some cake, this strawberry olive oil cake is all you need.
If you want to further intensify the lemon flavor, I suggest you use infused olive oil. Homemade lemon infused olive oil is simple to make. Best of all, they make for great holiday gifts, hostess gifts, and housewarming gifts!
Fans of lemon treats will enjoy these other lemon cake recipes:
- Lemon Chamomile Pound Cake is perfect for your afternoon tea! It’s buttery, tangy, and a little floral.
- Poppy Seed Lemon Cake features three layers of lemon cake with poppy seed cream cheese filling and brown sugar Swiss buttercream frosting.
- Lemon Layer Cake filled with lemon curd and lightly frosted with mascarpone buttercream is perfect for welcoming springtime weather!
Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Olive Oil Cake:
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipped cream, cold
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 5 Tablespoons strawberry puree
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 6-inch cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar until pale, about 5-7 minutes. Beat until mixture can form thick ribbons.* (Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer.)
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Set aside.
- With the mixer running on slow speed, alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients in three additions. Start and end with the dry. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool cakes in pan for 10 minutes. Run mini offset spatula along edges of cake. Invert and unmold cakes. Cool cakes to room temperature on wire racks.
- Using a whisk or an electric hand mixer, beat chipped whipping cream to soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and strawberry puree. Continue to beat to medium peaks. Cover and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use. Whisk cream to revitalize before assembling cake.
- Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread about 1/4 of strawberry cream over cake layer. Place second cake layer on top. Spread another 1/4 of cream over cake. Top with final third cake layer, followed with another 1/4 of strawberry cream. Use the remaining 1/4 strawberry cream to make a light crumb coat around the sides of the cake.
- Storage: loosely cover and store frosted cake in the fridge for up to three days
- adapted from Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream