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Vegan olive oil cake (Fanouropita) with tahini ganache

This easy vegan olive oil cake (Fanouropita) is one of the most tender and moist cakes ever! The chocolate-tahini ganache takes it over the top!
Course Desserts, Sweets, Vegan
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword cake, Fanouropita, olive oil, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 434 kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cups (150 grams) olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups 375 grams orange juice, plus the zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons (400 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • For the tahini chocolate ganache:
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 grams) tahini
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) maple syrup (or honey for non-vegans)
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (110 grams) water
  • 7 oz (200 grams) chopped dark chocolate, 65% cocoa
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and oil and flour (or line with baking paper) a 10-inch baking pan.
  2. Make the cake: Transfer the sugar, the cinnamon, the cloves, and the salt to a bowl and stir to combine. Add the vanilla, the oil, the orange juice, the zest, and the baking soda and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and add them to the liquid mixture. Stir until the mixture is smooth and pour the cake batter into the pan.
  3. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes and invert onto a rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the tahini chocolate ganache: Transfer the tahini, the maple syrup, the sugar, the salt, and the cinnamon to a small pot. Add the water gradually and stir until the mixture is homogenized. Heat over medium heat until steamy, remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it rest for 1 minute and stir until the chocolate is melted. Let it cool.
  5. Spread the tahini ganache over the cooled cake and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Eat!

Recipe Notes

If you don't have olive oil you can make this cake with sunflower or corn oil