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...