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

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

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: