Blood Orange Olive Oil Pound Cake
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4.78 from 9 votes

Blood Orange and Cardamom Olive Oil Pound Cake

This blood orange and cardamom olive oil pound cake is overflowing with the rich spice of cardamom, sweet splashes of vanilla, and the tart pucker of blood oranges.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blood orange cake, olive oil pound cake, pound cake recipe
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 223kcal

Ingredients

Blood Orange Topping Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a blood orange washed and thinly sliced

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • zest of 2 blood oranges

Instructions

Blood Orange Topping Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place butter and brown sugar into the bottom of a loaf pan and place into the oven for about 5 minutes or until the sugar and butter are melted. Swirl the pan to evenly distribute the melted ingredients over the bottom.
  • Arrange blood orange slices on the melted butter/sugar - a little overlap is fine.
  • Grease the sides of the pan.

Cake Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs until thick and pale yellow.
  • Mix in milk and vanilla until just combined.
  • Add in olive oil a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Mix in dry ingredients a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Fold in zest.
  • Pour batter over blood oranges.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. 40 minutes into the bake, check to see if the top is getting overly brown. If so, cover with foil for the remaining 20 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a board. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  • When cool, slice and serve. (This loaf looks so much prettier sliced than it does right out of the pan.)

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 97mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 2.7% | Calcium: 3.9% | Iron: 5%