Don’t let blood orange season end without trying this blood orange pound cake! Moist with a tight crumb, it makes for the perfect breakfast or teatime treat.
blood orange pound cake

I can tell you haven’t eaten enough blood oranges this winter.

Because there is no ENNOOUUUGGHHHH.

It’s more like, how many more can I pile onto our windowsill before my significant other has me committed?

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(For the record, like, 12. And counting.)

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But IT WAS ON SALE. (<– famous last words)

And you know how we always swore we wouldn’t be our mothers and buy things we don’t even really love because they’re ON SALE.

Yeaaaahhhhhhh. About that.

So, confession time. I don’t LOOOVVEEE the orange citrus family.

I like it. It’s fine. But between the pits and the pith, you will rarely see me eating an orange family fruit out of hand.

Mostly I just gaze at them longingly in the store, wishing there were one that I really truly loved, so I could take part in the citrus glee that abounds during the winter months.

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And then blood oranges went on sale.

And then I bought 20 (FINE, 30).

And then I was a convert.

Blood oranges in mah belly, like whoa.

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Luckily I managed to hold back a few for this cake, which is somehow both light and dense at the same time.

Almost as you would expect from a citrus-crossed pound cake. Which is exactly what this is. Drowned and soaked in a blood orange juice glaze.

Pound cake crust never tasted so sweet.

Blood Orange Pound Cake
 
Don't let blood orange season end without trying this blood orange pound cake! Moist with a tight crumb, it makes for the perfect breakfast or teatime treat.
Yield: 1 10-inch bundt cake
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 5 tsp blood orange zest
  • 2 tbsp blood orange juice
  • 1¼ cups butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
For the glaze
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, blood orange zest, and blood orange juice. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed for 30 seconds. Add in the sugar and beat until combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Add the flour and milk, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, using an offset spatula to make sure it is evenly spread. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Use a toothpick or long wooden skewer to poke holes in the cake.
  7. Make the sauce immediately after the cake comes out of the oven. In a small saucepan, stir together the powdered sugar, blood orange juice, butter, and cornstarch. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbling. Cook for 2 minutes more. Brush or pour the sauce over the still-warm cake.
Notes
Very slightly adapted from Bakers Royale and Better Homes and Gardens
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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75 Responses to Blood Orange Pound Cake

  1. Kathryn says:

    So beautiful! I love the colour of blood oranges and that glaze looks so pretty. This cake looks like it has a really great texture too.

  2. I don’t love oranges but the SUMO oranges I pretty much spent my life savings on… no joke. Love this bright cake!

  3. debbie says:

    Would you believe I have never had a blood orange. They certainly do make the cake look delicious!

  4. This looks delightfully refreshing – perfect for the first day of spring!

  5. Johanna GGG says:

    I feel the same way – citrus just doesn’t excite me but the colour of blood oranges is just so amazing and they take every citrus dish to another level – this cake would be great for a gory halloween party – except it is too pretty

  6. I love the citrus family and this year blood oranges won my heart. This cake looks so moist and that glaze…hmmmm in my belleh NOW!!

  7. I’ve been obsessed with Mineola oranges lately. They taste like candy! Blood oranges are delicious too and this cake is gorgeous!

  8. Your cakes are amazing, you should open a bakery.

  9. Cassie says:

    This is gorgeous, Joanne. I love that deep color!

  10. Erika says:

    The glaze on that cake is like whoa!!

  11. I haven’t EVER had a blood orange – not even kidding, and it’s SO WEIRD. I’ve just never picked one up!! I need to get on that….like now. Also, love this cake!!

  12. gloria says:

    Amazing! I lovr pounds cakes are beautiful!xx

  13. cquek says:

    this looks heavenly and how creative!

  14. Wow! Stunning photos, lovely cake, wish i had it in front of me right now. With some sleepytime tea cause I’m not up to being functional today.

  15. Barbara says:

    Is there anything prettier than blood oranges? I love them. You’ve made a great cake here, Joanne.

  16. Mimi says:

    Hahaha! Great post. And cake!

  17. Okay so confession time – I have never had a blood orange!!! That glaze is making me think that I do indeed have issues! I am heading to the grocery store pronto to get my hands on some – this poundcake is mouthwatering!!!

  18. I’ve only been able to get my hands on blood oranges once this winter! This looks gorgeous!

  19. sandra says:

    beautiful sunburst of a cake! Gotta get me some blood oranges!

  20. Heather says:

    We’re normally not huge orange eaters in our house, so I’ve never actually had a blood orange, but this sounds/looks amazing! The color of the glaze alone is enough to make me want to make it!

  21. P says:

    For a second I thought there was real blood on this cake, haha. That would most certainly be awkward…

  22. The only (ONLY) reason I’m sad about winter leaving is because of the detritus of citrus that will replace all the goodness we currently have. So what I’m saying is I better bake this cake this weekend at least twice to get my fill.

  23. Julia says:

    Oranges aren’t top of my list for fruits I must devour either, but for whatever reason, blood oranges are just SOOOO GOOD! I love this blood orange pound cake..the cake itself looks freaking perfect! I’m so impressed!

  24. cheri says:

    Love this cake! so pretty! your glaze is such a springy color.

  25. OMG Joanne this looks AMAZING! Soooo soooo amazing! So beautiful too! Pinning!

  26. Susan says:

    Gorgeous. Blood oranges are my new favorite orange. Red stains and all.

  27. Joyti says:

    I’m not in love with the citrus family either – except meyer lemons. And good blood oranges – but it’s so hard to find the good ones, the ones with a balance of sweet and sour.

    This pound cake looks delicious. Gorgeous color.

  28. Pam says:

    We love blood oranges here too. This pound cake is lovely Joanne!

  29. What a glorious bundt cake! The blood orange glaze looks marvelous.

  30. I love blood oranges so this sounds brilliant.

  31. Kate says:

    I feel like I got a magic bag of blood oranges. No matter how many we eat/use, there are always more in the bowl!

  32. Cries because blood orange aren’t sold here :—( But they look amazing and so does the cake. Oh My – that glaze sounds unreal!

  33. Kate says:

    Good gracious, that cake is a stunner! The first photo got my full attention. I tend to buy oranges and let them slowly go bad in my vegetable drawer (so bad!) but blood oranges are an exception.

  34. Such a gorgeous pound cake! I can’t get enough blood oranges!

  35. Ahhh I love blood oranges. This looks beautiful!

  36. They’re delicious and were on sale, you can’t be blamed! Also, this is a thing of beauty to behold!

  37. Just seeing this inbox and I go “oooohhh” yep it’s that kind of recipe. Amazing. I need to make this for Easter!

  38. WE love blood oranges too! What a delicious idea for a pound cake! Love it! Gorgeous bright color too.

  39. Eileen says:

    Oh man, look at that SYRUP. I must have some! And I try very hard not to buy much fresh citrus (ok, minus grapefruit) because we already have our own orange tree in the backyard. But it isn’t blood orange! Suffice it to say, I may be shelling out for some blood oranges later today regardless. :)

  40. This cake is beyond gorgeous! I am a sucker for a honeybell, but other than that I rarely eat oranges because I like to peel all the pith off and that’s just not a fun job.

  41. SallyBR says:

    Thirty? Are you sure? You know, you should not tell lies. Ever.

  42. Blood oranges always remind me of the beginning of Dexter, but I love them regardless! Welcome to the citrus loving bandwagon!!! I want to swim in that pool of glaze in the middle of the pound cake!!!

  43. I’ve been completely addicted to blood oranges this winter, Joanne, but I haven’t tried making a cake using them. This looks a-MAZ-ing with that dark pink icing! There’s something so dramatic about blood oranges … I think that’s why I like them! Pinning this beauty!

  44. We’ve been eating tons of blood oranges! They have giant bags at Trader Joe’s. We go through TWO a week. My fingers are stained. and i don’t care! and now I want cake!

  45. Why have I never even seen blood oranges before???
    I am also guilt of buying things just because they are on sale, but I am NOTHING like my mother. She buys EVERYTHING when it’s on sale..sometimes even cans that have no label. So it’s a surprise when we open those cans..
    This cake looks fantastic. The color is divine!

  46. This cake is beautiful and I’m sure it tastes awesome. Yeah, I have so turned into my mother – stocking up on sale items and everything. :)

  47. What a stunner! This is so perfect.

  48. This is insanely gorgeous! One of the prettiest bundt cakes I’ve ever seen!! Pinned :)

  49. :And you know how we always swore we wouldn’t be our mothers and buy things we don’t even really love because they’re ON SALE.” Oh my, this is my life. Sales are my doom. But I can’t wrong you, because if blood oranges created this pound cake I would buy tons too! The pound cake looks absolutely delicious and thick!

  50. I’m not a huge blood orange fan; however, I can almost taste them against the sweetness of the poundcake. Very tempting.

  51. Blood orange pound cake sounds amazing. I love citrus in baked goods.

  52. Daphne says:

    The colour is awesome. I wished I tried blood oranges before. Because they look freakin amazing in bakes! Comeom,blood orange.. Appear in Perth!

  53. Danguole says:

    Loving that crumb, and the bright red glaze! I could put away three slices before noon. Trust.

  54. I feel the same way about the citrus (unless it’s lemons and then don’t even play…) and apples. I want to love them on their own, but I just don’t. Put them in a salad or cake, though? And ya, I’m in.

  55. Veronica says:

    I can’t eat citrus while breastfeeding b/c it upsets baby’s tummy but I bought a bag of blood oranges before I remembered this and they’ve been in the fridge ever since. They’re probably all dehyrated by now (they’re out in the garage so I keep forgetting about them) but if not, I’m so making this cake with them. I think diluting the citrus with some white flour, sugar, and butter will mean I can enjoy a bit of the blood oranges! :)

  56. Sounds like something I have to try!

  57. Had to laugh about your orange confession because I am right there with you! And you’re right about blood oranges too…mmm! This cake is stunning, girl!

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  59. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a pretty cake tin you have to make a cake that turns out with such a lovely shape. I only discovered blood oranges a few years ago. Where have I been? I love them too and if we have to have winter, they’re the upside. What a stunning cake xx

  60. You had me convinced when you suggested this for breakfast. Cake at breakfast? Yes, please!

  61. ramblingtart says:

    Oh my, Joanne, that looks stunning! How luscious that color is. :-)

  62. Deena Kakaya says:

    Joanne, that is an intensely inviting picture…sweet, tart, beautifully coloured. X

  63. grace says:

    i didn’t have a single taste of blood orange this season, and now i’m very sad about that.

  64. Meg says:

    You know, I can’t say that I’ve ever actually had a blood orange . . . because it’s not like a normal orange, right? I’m so out of the citrus loop myself! I like clementines, but I’m definitely not one to sit down and eat an orange. Too messy and slimy. But a cake? Well . . . that’s a completely different story!

  65. Megan says:

    I eat Cara Cara oranges and grapefruit like they’re going out of style in the winter, but I don’t really eat other citrus out of hand. Love baking with blood oranges or incorporating them in salads. This cake looks incredible!

  66. I love love love pound cake. Who doesn’t?! What a great spin on a classic. :)

  67. Shannon says:

    gorgeous!! and, i had to laugh at ‘moist with a tight crumb’… ha.

  68. Kathy says:

    Joanne, This is my kind of cake…perfect to have with my cup of tea! Not too sweet…just sweet enough! Thanks for sharing…must bake this!

  69. Christine says:

    Oh my, an incredible pound cake. The sauce is stunning! I’m going to have to buy a bunch if I can find them on sale (lucky you!). I’ve only had a few this season ’cause I’ve been kind of focused on navels and how super juicy and sweet they are this season.

  70. Teffy says:

    That. looks. incredible!!!
    I love blood orange, it’s got such beautiful flavour and colour.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  71. Susan says:

    My goodness, that is a beautiful pound cake with that gorgeous red glaze! I love sweets with citrus flavor – especially lemon. I’ll have to give blood oranges another try!

  72. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! I Love pound cake :) this blood orange recipe sounds wonderful

  73. wow! really good looking pound cake!

  74. Reeni says:

    Aside from being the most gorgeous thing it sounds insanely delicious! Citrus desserts rock! I love the sweetness with the tart. Perfection.

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