Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

This is the first time I've had a blood orange. It was delicious. A bit sweeter than a regular orange. Emmalee and I got them from our local farmer's market, because we had just watched Food Inc. and the only thing you can do after you watch Food Inc. is go to a farmer's market and buy everything.
This is also my first olive oil cake. It has the texture of a pound cake, but a less sugary flavor. Really yummy. It's kind of essential that you make the compote to go on top, because it adds an extra bright burst of citrus that make the cake taste even better.
{Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake}

yield: one loaf
from Smitten Kitchen 

Butter for greasing pan
3 blood oranges
1 cup (200 grams or 7 ounces) sugar
Scant 1/2 cup (118 ml) buttermilk or plain yogurt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup (156 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cups (219 grams or 7 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons (8 grams) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Honey-blood orange compote, for serving (optional, below)
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Grate zest from 2 oranges and place in a bowl with sugar. Using your fingers, rub ingredients together until orange zest is evenly distributed in sugar.

Supreme an orange: Cut off bottom and top so fruit is exposed and orange can stand upright on a cutting board. Cut away peel and pith, following curve of fruit with your knife. Cut orange segments out of their connective membranes and let them fall into a bowl. Repeat with another orange. Break up segments with your fingers to about 1/4-inch pieces.

Halve remaining orange and squeeze juice into a measuring cup; you’ll will have about 1/4 cup. Add buttermilk or yogurt to juice until you have 2/3 cup liquid altogether. Pour mixture into bowl with sugar and whisk well. Whisk in eggs and olive oil.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ones. Fold in pieces of orange segments. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until it is golden and a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then unmold and cool to room temperature right-side up. Serve with whipped cream and honey-blood orange compote (below), if desired.

Honey-Blood Orange Compote: Supreme 3 more blood oranges according to directions above. Drizzle in 1 to 2 teaspoons honey. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir gently.


  1. awesome! i shall try this out soon! i have a blood-orange tree in my yard xxxx

  2. Oh, that is so lucky! I wish I had some kind fruit growing in my yard. I wish I had a yard...

  3. this looks amazing. i must try this sooner than later.