This baby isn't hard per say, but get ready to do some serious dishes. Also, olive oil probably sounds weird in a cake. But trust me. It works. I used Cobram Estate olive oil and it was dope. Coolest part by far is there's one of those little spout things inside of the cap. It springs out when you open it, then collapses back in. Magical.

orange bourbon chocolate chip olive oil cake



1/2 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons orange zest

3/4 cup sugar

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt

3 eggs

2/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon bourbon (optional*)

1 heaping cup chocolate chips

orange syrup

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon bourbon (optional*)


3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar

2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon bourbon (optional*)

*All bourbon is optional, but seriously, just do it. Trust me.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 or 9-inch springform pan liberally with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup orange juice into a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer until reduced by half. The final amount should be 1/4 cup. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use the back of a wooden spoon to work zest into sugar until the consistency of wet sand. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together reduced orange juice, sour cream, eggs, olive oil, bourbon until combined. 
  5. Fold wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. While the cake bakes, make the syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon.
  7. Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and use a toothpick to poke a ton of tiny holes over the entire top. Use a pastry brush to slowly brush syrup over cake. Let cake cool completely on wire rack.
  8. Once cake is cool, make the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, bourbon, and orange juice (add a tablespoon at a time until desired texture is reached). Pour slowly over top of cake.

Recipe via Fork vs. Spoon