blood orange blossom and pomegranate cake

Blood orange blossom and pomegranate cake

Adapted from "Blood orange blossom and pomegranate cake" by BBC Good Food Magazine February 2015, this cake is made incredibly moist and delicious by adding a whole cooked orange to the batter.
Course Dessert
Keyword blood orange cake
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10
Author BBC Good Food


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


  • 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. Sprinkle the pomegrate seeds liberally over the cake.