Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Blood orange season is just about my favourite foodie season. Just after the festivities of Christmas and New Year there is definitely a mood slump and these little spheres of citrusy heaven just lift my spirits no end. The zing of the juice to kick start my taste buds and the allure of the varying shades of pink to red in the flesh. What’s not to love?

The feeling of the unknown every time you cut a blood orange open must be the same as someone playing the roulette wheel. Will it be a hit or a miss? Sometimes you slice a blood orange open and there is barely any pinky-red hue but other times you get the WOW! Factor with dramatic blood red. I used to think that there must be a correlation between the skin and the flesh of a blood orange, but have been proved otherwise. The redder in the skin, the redder in the flesh? How wrong! It really is a game of chance.

This Blood Orange Bundt Cake has been made 4 or 5 times of late. The original recipe is by the Over Time Cook but came to me via my friend Viki. It’s simple to put together and is so pretty when decorated with blood orange icing. I have tried making this recipe with normal plain flour and Doves Farm gluten-free plain flour with equally good results. In fact, my taste testers have almost given the gluten-free cake the nod in side by side taste testing. The only thing I have noticed is that the gluten-free cake occasionally has cracked on removing from the bundt tin so make sure you grease the tin well to ease the process. If this does happen to you, never fear! It’s amazing what a bit of icing and decoration can do to hide any blemishes.

If you discover this recipe once blood orange season is over, don’t panic. It can be made with regular oranges or maybe mix things up a bit with lemons or grapefruit? I should imagine they would both be equally delicious although I haven’t tried… yet!

Additional photos by Chloe Upton.

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Blood Orange Bundt Cake
Blood Orange Bundt Cake
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Finely grated zest of two blood oranges
  • 2 cups plain flour can be gluten-free
  • 1/3 cup blood orange juice from about 2-3 oranges
  • 1/2 cup of milk or non dairy alternative
Glaze
  • Icing sugar - as much as required
  • Juice of one blood orange
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Finely grated zest of two blood oranges
  • 2 cups plain flour can be gluten-free
  • 1/3 cup blood orange juice from about 2-3 oranges
  • 1/2 cup of milk or non dairy alternative
Glaze
  • Icing sugar - as much as required
  • Juice of one blood orange
Blood Orange Bundt Cake
Instructions
  1. In a bowl beat together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, zest, baking soda, baking powder and salt using an electric mixer until creamy and combined.
  2. Add half the flour and the orange juice and mix again. Add the remaining flour and the milk and mix until all combined.
  3. Pour the batter into your greased bundt tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes until the top feels firm and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave for 10-15 minutes to cool in the tin. Remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile prepare your glaze by mixing icing sugar and blood orange juice together to create the desired consistency. Pour the glaze over the cake and decorate. I used tiny slices of blood orange and rose petals and finally spritzed the cake with gold edible glitter.
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4 thoughts on “Blood Orange Bundt Cake

  1. Hi Tara, can you adapt this to bake in an ordinary tin – perhaps a loaf tin as I don’t have a bundt tin? Thanks

    1. Hi Mandy, I haven’t tried but I should imagine so.. you might find it’s too much batter for one loaf tin – but, that means you might get two cakes for the price of one!! 😊 If I get a chance I will try it out and let you know. If you get there before me let me know the results! X

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