Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

My love affair with blood oranges continues, although (sadly) the season is now slowly coming to an end. Funny enough, this late in the season, I finally got some of that gorgeous “blood” hue in my oranges I didn’t have earlier on. Even though it doesn’t affect the flavour at the slightest and they were delicious throughout, I just love how beautiful they look in their full glory. Consider this Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake as my grand finale to what’s been a fantastic and full of Vit C and citrus goodness winter season!

This recipe is based on very traditional, all-in-one method for the lemon drizzle cake I’ve been making for years. It has recently dawned on me (when enjoying yet another tasty blood orange) that I should really try taking advantage of this gorgeous juicy fruit in the drizzle cake. The result of my little swap was absolutely delicious and I simply had to share this recipe on the blog.

Do not fret if you don’t have access to any blood oranges. Simply substitute them with any type you can get your hands on. I find Navel Oranges (widely available) the closest in sweetness. They also don’t have any seeds which is always a bonus.

Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake


If you are after some more gorgeous blood orange recipes, take a look at this rather healthy Blood Orange & Ginger Smoothie. Perfect for balancing out all that cake lol. πŸ™‚

If, however, cake is all you want I’ve got some more delicious recipes on the blog this Best Ever Chocolate Courgette Cake being one of them. You will find many more dessert and cake options for any occasion and skill level, simply browse Cakes or Desserts archives.

Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

5 from 3 votes
Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Reinvented classic using blood oranges instead of lemons. Really easy to make, perfect afternoon tea accompaniment. 

Course: Afternoon Tea, Cake, Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine: British
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Jo Allison
Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g self-raising flour sieved
  • 225 g baking spread or softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • zest of one blood orange
  • 100 ml milk
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • juice and zest of one blood orange
  • 100 g caster sugar
Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.

  2. Prepare a loaf tin (roughly 23x11cm) or alternatively 20 cm round cake tin by greasing it and lining with greaseproof paper.

  3. Put caster sugar, baking spread, eggs and blood orange zest into the mixing bowl. Next add sieved flour and baking powder followed by milk. Mix using paddle attachment of your food processor or with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until all the ingredients are combined and your mixture looks smooth.

  4. Pour your cake mixture onto prepared loaf or cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for approx. 50 min until the skewer inserted into centre comes out clean.

  5. Prepare your syrupy topping by mixing caster sugar with juice and zest of one blood orange until sugar dissolves in the juice. 

  6. Take your cake out of the oven and put it on the cooling rack. 

  7. Using the skewer, prick the top of your cake all over to make little holes. 

  8. Spoon syrupy topping gently all over the cake allowing for it to get through the little holes. Make sure you use up the entire mixture. 

  9. Let the cake stand in the tin until completely cooled. Remove it from the tin, slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to use softened unsalted butter instead of baking spread if you want.
  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature and the flour is sieved.Β 
  • The syrupy topping should be poured over the cake as soon as it's out of the oven for maximum absorption.

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Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake


I’m linking my Easy Blood Orange Drizzle Cake with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy and Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes

Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

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Bake of the Week by Helen at CasaCostello and Jenny at MummyMishaps

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March 20, 2018
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  • Reply Louise (Cooking with Kids)

    My mouth is watering reading this post 😊. I love drizzle cakes and this one looks amazing. Thanks for sharing
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    March 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Louise πŸ™‚ Drizzle cakes are such great classics, aren’t they and it would be a shame to only make them with lemons lol πŸ™‚

      March 20, 2018 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Jacqui Bellefontaine

    What a great idea. I’m sure the great flavour of blood oranges would be fabulous in a drizzle cake. None of the blood oranges I have got this year have been that red but they still taste amazing. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogshare

    March 20, 2018 at 11:49 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui! 😊 I think citrus fruit was made for drizzle cakes πŸ˜‰ or the other way perhaps lol It’s such hit and miss with blood orange colour but thankfully flavour is always there πŸ™‚

      March 21, 2018 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    this is such a beautiful looking cake Jo . the colours of it are so lovely. I bet it is so moist and packed fall off flavour too. that you for sharing with #Bakeoftheweek x
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    March 21, 2018 at 8:32 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Jenny! πŸ™‚ It is a lovely cake and the citrus smell once you pour the syrupy topping over the hot cake is out of this world too πŸ˜‹ x

      March 21, 2018 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Corina Blum

    This cake sounds so tasty Jo and it looks beautiful with the blood oranges. I love drizzle cakes as they are usually so delicious and moist so thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    March 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Corina! I can’t believe I haven’t baked drizzle cake with blood oranges earlier. I got there in the end though lol x

      March 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Cat | Curly's Cooking

    This looks so delicious. I love a loaf cake and your blood oranges look so pretty.

    March 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Cat! πŸ™‚ The most recent ones I baked this cake with were particularly red, really pretty indeed. πŸ™‚

      March 21, 2018 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply jenny walters

    Gosh this looks good Jo, really good!Pinned!x

    March 23, 2018 at 9:45 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny! πŸ™‚ Can’t beat a good drizzle cake. xx

      March 23, 2018 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Patrick@looneyforfood.com

    That blood orange is beautiful! I love your step by step pictures!

    March 23, 2018 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    What a great idea Jo, I love drizzle cake and being a recent convert to blood oranges too I can well imagine how yummy it is! I love that beautiful colour of red/deep pink of the blood oranges you’ve used. Thankyou too for linking up with #BakingCrumbs,
    Angela x
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    March 29, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Angela! πŸ™‚ It makes a bit of a change from the lemon version and is as delicious! I will surely miss blood oranges but now I know there are definitely worth waiting for. They are such a treat during winter months! Pleasure to link up as always! x

      April 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

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