This delightfully moist lemon tea cake makes a great dairy-free alternative. This recipe can also be adapted to incorporate the fragrant Pukara Estate Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I also like making a dairy free icing to go with this recipe to top cupcakes by using Tofutti, icing sugar and citrus rind.

Lemon Olive Oil Tea Cake

Lemon Tea Cake made with Pukara Estate Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


  • 180mL Pukara Estate Lemon Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • ¾ cup caster sugar


Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Beat egg yolks with half the sugar in a bowl until the mixture is pale and thick. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.

Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg yolk mixture. Add lemon juice, zest and the olive oil and stir until well combined. Slowly fold in egg whites (a third at a time) until all of it is combined but still fluffy.

Transfer batter to greased lined round cake tin. Pour evenly over tin and then gently tap against a work surface to release any air bubbles.

Bake until puffed and golden and a wooden skewer inserted in the centre of cake comes out clean, about 40- 50 minutes.

Cool cake to room temperature, dust with icing sugar & serve with whipped cream.

Watch my how to bake this cake video here:

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