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250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.


National Chocolate Cake Day

Morgan Shepard


Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day with a recipe from one of our favorite people, Chef Rosa Hanslits of Nicole Taylor Pasta Shop & Back Room Eatery in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis. An easy to make winter time dessert, try swapping butter with a healthier choice using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive. Use healthy Dutch cocoa powder & honey for the glaze. We adapted Rosa’s recipe for this healthy dark chocolate, & luxurious cake! 8 to 10 slices.


Easy Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, +  more for the pan
  • 2 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour, + more for dusting
  • ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar in the raw
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest

For the glaze

  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • Large pinch of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse black pepper

Simple Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Brush a roundpan or Bundt pan with olive oil & dust with flour. 
  2. Whisk the cocoa powder and ¼ cup hot water in a small bowl, let cool slightly & set aside.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking soda in a bowl. 
  4. Combine sugar, egg & egg yolk, vanilla & lemon zest, beat on medium high speed until pale & thick, approx. 1 minute. 
  5. Slowly drizzle in olive oil.  Add the cocoa mixture & beat until combined. 
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture & beat until just incorporated. 
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool in the pan on a rack. 
  8. Remove from pan & let cool completely on the rack.
  9. Make the glaze, put the chocolate, honey, olive oil, salt in a pan, heat over a medium flame, stirring occasionally. 
  10. Drizzle over cake, sprinkle sea salt, cracked pepper & orange peel, let cake thoroughly cool before enjoying!

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!