There is such a glut of delicious blood oranges around at the moment so I wanted to make a cake that really made a hero out of these citrus beauties. It’s a simple melt and mix batter which produces a moist and flavourful loaf.
Since shooting I have retested the cake with the icing poured over in the tin while warm and this makes it even more moist and yum so I highly recommend that you try it this way.
Triple blood orange cake
1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup caster sugar
50g butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons finely grated blood orange rind
1/3 cup fresh blood orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
thick greek yoghurt to serve, optional
blood orange icing
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice
candied blood orange
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup water
1 blood orange, sliced
Preheat oven to 180°C (conventional). Grease and line a 19 x 8 x 8cm loaf tin with baking paper. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, orange rind and juice in a medium bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir through the oil, until just combined. Pour into prepared tin. Bake for 50 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Remove from the oven, cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
Combine the blood orange icing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over slightly cooled cake. Set aside to cool in the tin. (Note that in the picture I iced the cake once it had been removed from tin and cooled, but have since retested it and this way works better).
Meanwhile, make the candied blood orange by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, bring to the boil. Add the orange slices, reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, until orange has candied and syrup has reduced. Set aside to cool. Spread oranges over cooled cake and drizzle with syrup. Slice the cake and serve with dollops of yoghurt.
oOo This cake is best eaten on the day it is made.
oOo You will need around 6-8 blood oranges for this recipe.