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Greek Walnut Cake with Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Chips – Karithopita

Greek walnut cake made with olive oil and a hint of dark chocolate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Elena Paravantes RDN


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brandy optional
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup ground walnuts
  • ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar for dusting the cake


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F (180 C)
  • In a large bowl cream the olive oil and the sugars.
  • Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  • Add the rest of the wet ingredients (orange juice and or brandy) and mix well.
  • Ina smaller bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Add the flour mixture to the olive oil mixture and mix just enough so that the flour has been blended in.
  • Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and mix until they are spread throughout the whole batter.
  • Pour batter in a 9 inch springform pan (in this photo I had used an 8 inch, which was a bit small hence the dome).
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • Let it cool, and dust with powdered sugar.