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Chocolate Birthday Cake – Featuring Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil

Living the Gourmet is pleased to present Bertolli Olive Oil.  Founded in 1865 by Francesco Bertolli of Lucca, Tuscany, the Bertolli brand has grown to become the market-leader in olive oil.

Known for producing an olive oil that is rich and robust, Bertolli olive oil is blended from specially selected olives to ensure a quality product that is worthy of its century and half long history. 

However, for those seeking the benefits of olive oil but not the robust taste, Bertolli produces the “Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil.”  This product contains all of the nutritional properties of olive oil, with just a hint of olive taste.  This makes the Extra Light variety perfect as a substitute for butter, as shortening, or in place of other vegetable oils where a detectable olive flavoring might not be desirable.

**I was given these products for review.  I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


2 cups sugar
1¾ cups flour
¾ cups cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup strong hot coffee
½ pint of heavy cream for whipping
Marinated pitted cherries – for between the cake layers or your choice of filling
Powdered sugar – for dusting

Preheat Oven 350 degrees:

In a mix-master; stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Gently beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla and add to the dry ingredients while mixing on low speed.  Add oil and continue to gently mix on low until incorporated.

While the mixer is mixing on low, slowly add the coffee.

Butter two 9 inch pans and dust with cocoa powder.

Pour batter in pans.  Bake 30 -35 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.

Let cakes cool on cooling rack.  Gently remove from pan.

Whip the cream and place between cakes along with the cherries.  Dust powdered sugar over the top of cake.

Enjoy with Love,



  1. There is nothing like a perfect chocolate cake for a birthday!! This cake looks just moist and delicious Catherine! Love the use of olive oil to make it healthier.

  2. I use that kind of oil, but I don't bake with it - I never th ought about the Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil - and I love chocolate cake! Looks good. sandie

  3. That's the kind we use here too. Hubby swears by it.

    The chocolate cake looks awesome. I took a small piece.

    Have a fabulous day Catherine. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

  4. I've only baked a couple times with olive oil and this cake is convinving me to do it again. Looks like the perfect rich and dark chocolate cake!

  5. Catherine, That is one very 'chocolaty' looking cake... My wife would love it! FYI, we use a lot of Bertolli products. Top quality! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. The chocolate cake looks perfectly moist and beautiful!

  7. The cake must be tender and lovely with oil instead of butter. A great cake for a celebration!

  8. Hi Catherine , I want a hunk of that yummy chocolate cake :D Bertolli olive oil is the ony one I use , can't miss with it , thanks for sharing:.

  9. Olive oil adds a nice touch to baking foods... This cake looks heavenly!

  10. It looks like a wonderful cake Catherine, whose birthday was it??

  11. Beautiful and I just know it is a good cake!!! I've used this oil for sometime now and I love it too! Hugs, Loretta XX

  12. This is definitely a moist and light cake!!! Happy Birthday to the lucky recipient!

  13. Dear Catherine, Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! I use Bertolli oil and many other products that they sell. They are fantastic. This cake recipe is really yummy looking, as I am a chocolate person. I also dust the pans with cocoa powder. It gives it that extra special touch. It looks so light and moist, have to try this one for sure...Just heavenly... Blessings, Dottie :0)

  14. I have heard that oil and chocolate is an extraordinary combination - it sure looks deliciously moist!

  15. This cake sounds amazing! The olive oil idea for cake intrigues me.


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