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Mini Olive Oil Cakes with Blackberry Icing

Mini Olive Oil Cakes with Blackberry Icing

Try this moist and fruity recipe which swaps butter for olive oil. 

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Ever baked an olive oil cake? Usually found in the savoury side of the pantry, this favourite kitchen oil is becoming a much-loved alternative to butter, with lots of baking benefits.

Olive oil keeps cakes deliciously moist for longer than butter-based recipes. The ingredient adds a beautifully floral yet slightly peppery flavour twist. Plus, it’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and good fats which make it a healthier option. Lots of baking pros!

For your first (or next) olive oil cake, try these mini fruity delights which bring together a sweet trio of lemon, mint and a lovely drizzle of blackberries. They're perfect for an afternoon treat. 

Forage or shop ripe blackberries from August until the end of October in the UK.

Mini Olive Oil Cakes Recipe

mini olive oil cakes with lemon and blackberry icing on marble platter


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


Mini Olive Oil Cakes: 

  • 250 grams all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 120 grams white or brown sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 ml olive oil 
  • 60 ml lemon juice (from 2 lemons) 
  • 250 ml whole milk

Blackberry Icing: 

  • 300 grams powder sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon mashed and sieved blackberries 

 Fruity Topping: 

  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Mint leaves



  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Grease the Mini Loaf Tin well with olive oil or butter. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs until combined. Whisk in the olive oil, milk and lemon juice and mix until just combined. 
  3. Sieve in the flour, add baking powder and baking soda. Fold until combined and smooth. Once all is added, be careful not to over-mix the batter. 

mini olive oil cake sliced open with blackberry filling

4. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared tin. Optionally, you can press 2 fresh blackberries in the cake batter - for something a little extra special in every bite.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top or a Cake Tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack

mini olive oil cakes in mini loaf tin

6. To make the icing, mash blackberries with a fork or blend in a blender. Pass the mixture through a sieve, discarding the seeds.

7. In a small bowl whisk together the powder sugar, lemon juice and mashed blackberries until smooth. (Add more lemon juice or water if you would like the icing thinner, or add more sugar if the icing is too thin).

8. Pour the icing on top of the cooled olive oil cakes and top with fresh blackberries, mint and lemon slices.

mini lemon olive oil cakes with blackberry icing and blackberries

You can store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days (without the icing) or in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Shop the Judge Mini Loaf Tin for the recipe and display beautifully on the Judge Marble Oblong Platter. Discover lots of handy tools for baking in the Judge Kitchen Accessories range.

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