Blood Orange Blossom Cake

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I have such a thing for blood oranges at the moment. I’ve been eating them in salads, finding excuses to bake with them and eating them just as they are. The juices drip down my front and on more than one occasion I have unknowingly walked around in public with a great big pinky-red stain down my top. Oops.

I’ve tried a few blood orange cakes – such as this one https://somethingsweetsomethingsavoury.com/2014/01/31/blood-orange-drizzle-cake/ I made last year – but the one I’m sharing with you today is my new favourite. The honey soaked orange slices that adorn the top of the cake look so beautiful it is a cake worthy of the name showstopper but with none of the hard work. It’s quite similar to a Nigella Lawson cake I used to make a few years ago in that a whole cooked orange is pureed and added to the cake batter. This method produces a really moist, flavourful cake with an unusual but lovely texture.

Annoyingly the blood oranges I used for this cake weren’t the vivid colour I was looking for – and of course it was sod’s law that the ones I bought the week after I made this cake were really vibrant and red.

Blood orange blossom cake

Adapted from “Blood orange blossom and pomegranate cake” in BBC Good Food Magazine February 2015

3 blood oranges
250g soft butter
50g honey plus 2 tbsp
300g caster sugar
200g Self raising flour
100g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
4 large eggs, beaten
1 tbsp orange blossom water
150g Greek yoghurt

Place one of the oranges in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until the orange is really soft. Remove from the oven and once it has cooled a little, cut in half and remove the seeds.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 22cm round tin with butter. Drizzle 2 tbsp of honey over the base of the tin, then slice the remaining two oranges quite thinly and arrange in the tin.

Puree the cooked orange in a food processor. Beat together the soft butter, sugar, flour, almonds, baking powder, eggs, 1 tbsp orange blossom water and Greek yoghurt until the batter is smooth. Stir in the pureed orange and pour the orange flecked batter into the tin, being careful not to dislodge the orange slices.

Bake for 55-60 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn upside down on a plate.

For the syrup:

100g Sugar
Juice of one blood orange
1tsp orange blossom water

Place the ingredients in a small pan. Slowly bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow the mixture to bubble for a few minutes until it becomes syrupy. Pour a little of this syrup over the cake but save the rest for serving later with Greek Yoghurt or vanilla ice cream.

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I linked this recipe over at A Mummy Too for Recipe of the week.

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