Olive Oil Cake with Frosting and Figs

olive oil cake with figs and labneh

Here’s a recipe for an olive oil cake topped with frosting and fresh fig. It’s is scented with Grand Marnier. It’s a really sophisticated take on an olive oil cake. And if I do say so myself, has a rather luxurious, smooth texture. It also has a really creamy, tight crumb. You can obviously tell I have a love of making cakes with olive oil from the sheer number of recipes here. But this one is a little different but equally as delicious.

Olive Oil Cake with Frosting and Figs

To make this Grand Marnier olive oil cake, first, measure out all of the dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and the eggs/sugar in three different bowls. you’ll want to whip the eggs and sugar together so they get a good amount of air in the mixture. Alternate mixing in the dry and wet ingredients in thirds, and then bake in a prepared springform pan.

What I think made the difference here is that this cake is baked low and slow at 325 for nearly 90 minutes. It creates an even, tight moist cake density that is really silky and flavorful.

sliced cake with figs

Go forth and conquer! This recipe is adapted from Serious Eats’ publishing of the Dahlia Bakery cookbook recipe.

olive oil cake with figs and labneh

Olive Oil Cake with Frosting and Figs

Mimi Newman
Olive Oil Cake with Labne Frosting and Figs
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine American, Italian, Meditteranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 10
Calories 531 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup labneh or creme fraiche
  • 1 pint figs


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a 9″ springform pan with a parchment liner and cake slip.
  • In the first bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set the dry ingredients aside.
  • In a second bowl, combine the milk and Grand Marnier. In a separate measuring cup, measure out 1 cup of EVOO. Set the wet ingredients aside.
  • Put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer and whisk until well-combined and smooth.
  • Gradually add the olive oil in a steady stream while whisking the egg mixture, as if you were making a mayonnaise.
  • After you have emulsified the oil into the egg mixture, start adding the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the wet ingredients in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry. As you make each addition of dry and wet ingredients, whisk until the batter is smooth, without overbeating.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake until deep golden brown, slightly domed, and possibly cracked on top, about 70-90 minutes. A skewer should come out clean of batter but with a few moist crumbs.
  • Let the cake cool. Level off the top of the cake with a serrated knife. Spread labneh evenly on top and sprinkle with figs.


Serving: 1small sliceCalories: 531kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 2gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 198IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cake with figs, fancy olive oil cake, figs and labneh, grand marnier olive oil cake, olive oil cake
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