Blood Orange Cake

photo of a blood orange cake

A while back I made this easy cake recipe.  It’s a simple batter and you can top it with any kind of fresh fruit. The batter is really simple to mix together.  It’s probably the quickest cake recipe I’ve ever made. The soft cooked fruit complements the batter very well.  And I love the sugary, crunchy batter top.  The cake goes great with a cup of tea.  I bought some blood oranges recently and decided to make the cake and top it with blood oranges and some kumquats I had that were a bit too bitter to eat raw.

overhead photo of a blood orange cake

The cake came out really pretty. I didn’t love it as much as some of my other versions though, but that was mainly because I don’t really like citrus flavors in my desserts.  The raw sugar I sprinkled on top did make the kumquats taste much better.

photo of a cake with a slice removed

Blood Orange Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 (9-inch) cake
This cake is so easy to make and you can customize it with whatever fruit you like. This version has blood oranges and sliced kumquats.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 blood oranges thinly sliced
  • 4 kumquats thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder. Add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil and mix to combine. Butter and flour an 8- or 9-inch cake pan and add in batter. Batter will be quite thick, so use a spoon to smooth out the top.
  2. Place fruit slices on top of the batter, pressing them into the batter. Sprinkle with raw
  3. sugar.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.


Recipe adapted from Food Librarian

All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

photo of the batter in a cake panphoto of the fruit on the batter



7 comments on “Blood Orange Cake”

  1. that looks really beautiful – the blood orange slices are quite striking. this looks like a fun cake to make and serve. i think i will try making this for any upcoming baby shower…
    you always have the coolest recipes!

  2. I hope the recipe works out for you. I really love it. The cakes come out so pretty and it’s so easy to make. As easy as mixing cake mix. It’s a great cake for when you are having company.

  3. I love citrus and this cake sounds really good and easy to make.

  4. You should definitely try it out. I’m always amazed at how easy it is to make.

  5. This looks absolutely delicious!

  6. Thanks! I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Blood oranges are so pretty!

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