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Blood Orange Cake

Sensual and a little dramatic. The perfect cake


This blood orange cake is a definite favourite of mine.  A little sweet and dramatic, it’s almost too beautiful to eat.

A “combination of sensuality and innocence”.  If there was ever one statement to describe a blood orange, this would have to be it.

A “semi food porn” description?  Perhaps.

Just look at them.  I could photograph them forever.  They look so innocent from the outside. The moment you bite into them they reveal their sensual, blood-like red colour.  And the taste?  Sweet and mellow with a slight bitter after taste.

I spotted them by accident the other day and forgot they were in season here in Australia.  Apart from enjoying them “au naturel” I used the leftovers to make this sweet upside down blood orange cake.

I know what you might be thinking.  Another cake?  I couldn’t help myself!  There’s plenty of time to indulge in savoury delights on the blog but for now I’m focusing on the sweet.

Scroll down for the recipe and more pics.  Enjoy everyone and I’ll see you soon.

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Blood Orange Cake Recipe
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A cake flavoured with blood oranges. It's a little sweet with a slight bitter after taste. The blood oranges make it quite aromatic too.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 blood orange cut into even slices
  • 100g almond meal
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • juice and zest of one blood orange
  1. Preheat your oven to 170 deg C and line a 20cm cake pan with baking paper. Place the blood orange slices on the bottom of the cake pan and set aside.
  2. Combine the almond meal, flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until it becomes pale and creamy. Turn the speed down to low and add the eggs one at a time, ensuring they are well incorporated.
  3. Add the juice and zest of the blood orange and mix for 30 more seconds. Slowly add the almond meal mixture, spoonful by spoonful, until it becomes fully incorporated and you end up with a batter.
  4. Spoon the batter into the cake pan, smoothing the top with a knife or spatula and bake for 35-40 mins. until the top has browned and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the cake pan for 10 mins. before placing on a cake rack to cool completely.

  • thefloshow

    This is a great recipe and absolutely gorgeous photos!!

  • Gabriel @ The Dinner Special

    Blood oranges! The bitter aftertaste is what really makes it special for me. And the colour! What could possibly make blood oranges any better? Make a cake with it! I need to try this.

  • I agree, blood oranges are just so gorgeous! Love how they are showcased in this cake–and it sounds simply delicious too 🙂

  • Have never baked with blood oranges. I am somehow afraid of the result because of the bitterness but after seeing this cake I think I am convinced to give it a try. Looks amazing!

  • Oh come on Peter there is never enough cake in the world especially a blood orange one

  • So impressed you held off on the icing sugar for this shot. Gorgeous styling as always, Peter. You do moody so well.

  • this cake looks perfect!! so in love with the pictures <3

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    I look forward to blood orange season every year, it really is such a dramatic and sexy citrus.