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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

02/22/2012 01:37 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2012

I love orange-flavored cake, and when I found this recipe on the Smitten Kitchen I knew I had to make it -- not only does it incorporate blood oranges, but it's an olive oil cake, which I had never made before.

We were invited to a housewarming party, and I decided to prepare a gift package including this cake, the suggested honey blood orange topping and a can of whipped cream for serving.

To begin, you will incorporate the zest of two oranges with a cup of sugar:

Use your hands to mix together:

Next, Supreme 2 of the 3 oranges per the recipe:

Juice the 3rd orange (should result in about 1/4 cup) & add to the sugar/zest mixture:

After incorporating the juice, add the 3 eggs and 2/3 cup of olive oil to the sugar mixture:

Once the mixture is well blended, gently add the flour mixture to the wet batter:

Now stir in the prepared blood oranges:

Pour the batter into buttered 9x5" baking dish:

Bake in preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 50-55min until golden:

While the cake was baking, I prepared the honey blood orange topping by preparing 3 blood oranges as done above for inclusion in the cake.  Place oranges in a bowl and top with a few teaspoons of honey, then allow to sit for 5 minutes before mixing together.

To gift this, I used a cleaned jar and tied parchment paper around the lid with twine:

I wrapped the cooled cake first in saran wrap, then parchment paper and a doily, all tied up with twine:

Ready to go!

p.s. - the cake was served at said party and was delicious! I will definitely be making this again...

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