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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary

A slice of blood orange olive oil cake on a grey plate, with a sliced blood orange and the whole cake in the background

This blood orange olive oil cake is the perfect example of a super fancy looking dessert that is easy to make. Just slice a few blood oranges, mix the cake batter, a quick bake, and you are good to go. This recipe yields you a delicious, moist and flavorful cake. You won’t need any fancy equipment for this deliciously-tasting cake. The combination of blood orange, olive oil, and rosemary gives this recipe its certain something. While olive oil and rosemary might sound weird in a cake, it works!

Ingredients for making Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake:

Ingredients for blood orange oil cake in individual little ceramic bowls on wooden underground
  • Blood oranges
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Cane sugar
  • Oat milk
  • Dried rosemary
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla sugar

The star of this cake is the blood orange. The batch of blood oranges I got was, for some reason, only half-bloody, but the flavor of this cake was fantastic, nevertheless. If your blood oranges are organic, you can even leave the peel on in this recipe. Regarding the flour, I used simple all-purpose flour. If you want to make this cake gluten-free, you can make this recipe using a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix. I recommend using a mild olive oil and not a spicy extra-virgin one. Lastly, I like using oat milk for baking, but other plant-based milk should be perfectly fine, too.

How to make this Vegan Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake:

Making this blood orange cake is super simple. As it is an upside-down cake, we will first prepare the Blood orange topping. Next, we will make a simple cake batter to top the blood oranges with. Making the cake is so quickly done that you can already go ahead and preheat the oven to 180° C (360° F).

The Blood Orange Layer:

A half-peeled blood orange with a sliced bottom on a wooden cutting board

Firstly, we will need to slice the blood orange. If you use organic blood oranges, wash them before slicing them into equally thin slices. As mine were not organic, I peeled each with a knife before slicing them. Blood orange can be a bit tough to peel. I’d recommend slicing the bottom and standing it up straight before cutting down the peel.

Blood orange slices in green ceramic bowl with sugar and rosemary

Add the blood oranges to a bowl, followed by the cane sugar and dried rosemary. Toss well to combine.

Making the Cake Batter:

Ingredients for the cake batter in a white bowl

To make the cake batter, squeeze out the juice of the remaining blood oranges. Add flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and vanilla sugar to a bowl. Next, add the olive oil, oat milk, and blood orange juice and mix the batter well until combined. You can add a bit of rosemary if you want to infuse the dough as well.

Combined cake batter in a white bowl

Layering the Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake:

Blood orange slices on the bottom of a steel spring form

You can already preheat your oven to 180° C (360° F). Next, cover a springform pan with parchment paper, and grease the sides of the form. Try to get the parchment paper nice and wrinkle-free. Otherwise, the paper will damage the look of the beautiful top layer of blood oranges. Layer down the blood orange slices until they cover the whole bottom of the springform pan evenly.

The batter is added into the spring form

Next, pour the cake batter onto the blood orange slices. Bake the cake at 180° C (360° F). Bake for 35-40 mins until a toothpick comes out clean when poking the cake.

Baked blood orange cake in the spring form

Open up the spring form, Put a plate on top of the cake, and carefully turn it around so the bottom with the blood oranges faces up. Carefully take off the bottom of the spring form and the parchment paper.

Blood orange olive oil cake with the blood oranges facing upwards

Serving suggestions:

A slice of this vegan blood orange olive oil cake already is desert perfection. You can have it pure as it is with some vegan vanilla ice cream, vegan whipped cream, or vegan coconut vanilla cream! I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

A close-up profile shot from a slice of blood orange olive oil cake

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A slice of blood orange olive oil cake on a grey plate, with a sliced blood orange and the whole cake in the background

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary

This blood orange olive oil cake is a perfect easy baking recipe for the winter months. The cake is moist and has a rich flavor. The combination of blood oranges, olive oil and rosemary tastes absolutely delicious.

  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x

Ingredients

Scale

7 blood oranges

300g flour

110 g sugar

120ml olive oil

2 tbsp cane sugar

120ml oat milk

2 tsp rosemary

1 pinch salt

2 tsp baking powder

8g vanilla sugar / 2 tsp vanilla syrup

Instructions

Take four of the blood oranges. If you blood oranges are not organic, peel each with a knife before slicing them.

Add the blood orange slides to a bowl, followed by the cane sugar and dried rosemary. Toss well to combine.

Squeeze the juice of the remaining blood oranges. Add flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and vanilla sugar to a bowl. Next, add the olive oil, oat milk, and blood orange juice and mix the batter well until combined. You can add a bit of rosemary if you want to infuse the dough as well.

Cover a springform pan with parchment paper, and grease the sides of the form. You can already preheat the oven to 180° C (360° F).

Layer down the blood orange slices. Next, pour the cake batter onto the blood orange slices.

Bake the cake at 180° C (360° F). Bake for 35-40 mins until a toothpick comes out clean when poking the cake.

Open up the spring form, Put a plate on top of the cake, and carefully turn it around so the bottom with the blood oranges faces up. Carefully take off the bottom of the spring form and the parchment paper.

Enjoy!

Notes

This cake tastes amazingly with some fresh vegan yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. 

  • Author: Ivo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Cake, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Blood orange cake, Vegan blood orange oil cake, Blood orange olive oil cake

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