Here is the Blood Orange Cake in all of its fresh out of the oven glory.
You can really smell the orange while baking and it made my kitchen smell delicious! It is not an overtly sweet cake, so definitely serve it with some sweetened whipped cream. This is a great “mid-day with a cup of coffee or tea” light dessert or snack.
Blood Orange Cake4 large eggs, separated
2T blood orange peel
1/4c sliced almonds, finely ground
2T baking powder
1stick unsalted butter, softened
2T blood orange peel (or zest of 2 oranges)
Juice of 2 large oranges (approx. 1 cup)
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9” round cake pan.
If using dehydrated orange peel, rehydrate by adding 6T of water and setting aside.
With an electric or stand mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, with an electric or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk and mix on low until combined. Fold in the egg whites.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before inverting onto a cooling rack.
(Recipe adapted from Everyone Is Italian On Sunday)