Cinnamon Walnut Apple Cake Baked with Olive Oil (Greek Island of Crete)

In Crete, we use olive oil for everything, including baking sweets (Mediterranean Diet recipes classically use olive oil for baking). This cinnamon walnut apple cake has been baked for special occasions in my family for generations.  Even though we have fruit for dessert on most nights, we will make this as a treat when we are celebrating. Olive oil makes for velvety and moist baked goods and I would highly recommend it for most of your baking needs. One tip is to try to get a buttery or fruity flavored olive oil when you are baking. Eat this cake with afternoon tea or coffee or after a light meal. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Walnut Apple Olive Oil Cake

Photo by Bill Bradley, R.D.

Cinnamon Walnut Apple Cake with Olive Oil

Cinnamon Walnut Apple Cake Baked with Olive Oil (Greek Island of Crete)

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 12
Calories 452 kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons for apples)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp  baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 apples, peeled, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Beat eggs and sugar with a hand mixer for 10 minutes. Add olive oil and beat for an additional 3 minutes.