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Tangerine Olive Oil Cake

Today wraps up our Spring Sweets Week event and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have! My final recipe is Tangerine Olive Oil Cake. The cake is moist and tender, and the tangerine simple syrup adds an extra burst of tangy sweetness

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product from sponsor companies to help in the creation of my recipes.  All opinions are mine alone. 


We recieved such an abundant selection of citrus from Melissa's Produce that I really had a hard time choosing my three recipes. I flip flopped for days over the main flavor for this cake.  Meyer lemon? Blood Orange? Grapefruit? Tangerine? I sampled one of each and decided the Neapolitan tangerines were the winner.

I always have grand plans to get process shots but seriously, this recipe is so simple that they were unnecessary.  I used some of my favorite tools, my angled measuring cup, Microplane zester and citrus juicer which made it even quicker.

My cake pans are a darker blue which lead to a lovely outer edge on the cake and they cooked in about 30 minutes on convection. You definitely don't want to over bake, it's done when the center tests clean.


You can go the simple route and just dust the top with confectioner's sugar but I decided to go all in.  I candied tangerine slices and I saved the syrup from the process.  While the cake was still warm I brushed the top with the syrup.

Once that had cooled I then laid out the candied tangerine slices in a pleasing pattern. I thought it might need a dollop of whipped cream or something but it really was unnecessary.

The cake is so light and delicate I worried that it would dry out but it stays moist for days. I only know this because I hid one slice where my family couldn't find it or else it would never have lasted that long! This is such a versatile dessert because it's simple enough for an afternoon treat but also unique enough to serve to guests.


Thank you so much to our awesome sponsors, Melissa's Produce, Taylor & Colledge and Selefina. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of their prize packages! Thank you to all of the other bloggers for their recipes and to Heather from Hezzi-D's Recipe Box for hosting. 

Tangerine Olive Oil Cake

Tangerine Olive Oil Cake
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1 ¼ cup cake flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Melissa's Produce Neapolitan Tangerine juice (about 3 to 4 tangerines)
  • Zest from 3 tangerines
  • Candied tangerine slices, tangerine simple syrup, powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350º.
  2. Combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add olive oil, Greek yogurt and eggs. Whisk into the flour mixture.
  4. Add the tangerine juice and zest and stir until well combined.
  5. Oil a 9" round baking pan (I used olive oil cooking spray). Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Brush the top with simple syrup and decorate with candied tangerine slices, if desired. A dusting of powdered sugar is nice as well.
olive oil cake, tangerine



Friday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes

  • Blood Orange and Cardamom Bundt Cake from Blogghetti
  • Blood Orange Creamsicle Pie from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Blood Orange Crinkle Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
  • Blood Orange Curd Tart from The Spiffy Cookie
  • Cardamom Bread from Art of Natural Living
  • Carrot Cake Cookies from Palatable Pastime
  • Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Dragon Fruit Lassi from That Recipe
  • Dragon's Turf Smoothie Bowl from For the Love of Food
  • Easter Strawberries Recipe from In Our Spare Time
  • Fig Crumble Bars from Cheesecurd In Paradise
  • Fresh Fruit and Scone Breakfast Board from Hezzi-D's Recipe Box
  • Lavender Cardamom Mishti Doi from Magical Ingredients
  • Lavender Cupcakes with Almond Glaze from Our Good Life
  • Moist Meyer Lemon Loaf from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
  • Tangerine Cheesecake Pretzel Cups from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
  • Tangerine Olive Oil Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal

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    Those neopolitan tangerines were so juicy and good. Great choice for this cake.
    Karen said…
    I love how the orange color held up so well in the cake. Brushing the cake with the soaker sound wonderful.
    The color of your cake is stunning! LOVE LOVE an olive oil cake (so tender!), and this is going to be the star of Easter!
    Cindy Kerschner said…
    I never had olive oil cake. Yours looks so good I need to it!
    Hezzi-D said…
    What a perfect pairing! I think the brightness of the tangerine would go great with an olive oil cake.
    Lisa said…
    I've never had an olive oil cake but now I must, especiallly with tangerines! It looks so moist!
    Inger said…
    I keep seeing olive oil cakes and this one is especially lovely!
    Radha said…
    Such a gorgeous cake with lovely flavors to welcome spring! Love it!
    Chris said…
    Your cake looks so moist and delicious! I love olive oil in baked goods like cakes. It adds such a great flavor to cake.

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