Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

With blood orange juice in both the cake and drizzle, this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake makes the most of the beautiful blood orange.  

 I had never tried a blood orange before making this cake. Every year I remembered seeing them and hearing people rave about them so this year I decided it was definitely time I saw what all the fuss was about. 

I looked for them in a couple of supermarkets with no luck. I then realised that I could order them to come with my organic vegetable box which was quite exciting! As soon as they came I knew I wanted to tweak the Double Orange Cake already on my blog. This recipe is one of Mary Berry’s which is really delicious. I wanted to tweak this recipe to create this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake. 

I must admit when I cut into the blood oranges for the first time I was expecting them to be a deeper red. I’ve since realised that there are three different blood orange varieties and they can vary in their redness.  The blood oranges I used had a lovely mottled red colour that had a beautifully vibrant pink juice. 

The flavour of the blood oranges will also vary depending on which you use. They are all known for having a stronger taste and aroma than normal oranges with a slightly sweeter taste. If you haven’t tried them before I would definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on one!

The blood orange season isn’t particularly long. Depending on the variety you can find them between December and May. Unlike some other fruit, I believe you will struggle to find these outside of their season which is a good thing in my opinion. So make sure you get them while you can!

I decided to decorate the Blood Orange Drizzle Cake very simply with the drizzle and some dehydrated blood orange slices. The vibrant colour of the juice created such a vivid pink drizzle that you may think that food colouring has been used. The dehydrated blood orange slices are very simple to make and add a lovely and natural decoration. However you can decorate the cake with some finely grated blood orange zest. 

4.79 from 14 votes

Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

With blood orange juice in both the cake and drizzle, this Blood Orange Drizzle Cake makes the most of the beautiful blood orange.

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake, Blood Orange
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 271 kcal
Author Curly


For the cake

  • 175 g margarine
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175 g self raising flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 70 ml blood orange juice (1 orange)
  • 1 blood orange zested

For the drizzle

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp blood orange juice
  • Finely shredded rind or dehydrated orange slices to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan assisted, 180°C non fan) . Line a 20 cm (8 inch) deep round cake tin with baking parchment

  2. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and beat until thoroughly mixed

  3. Pour into the cake tin, level the surface and bake for 30-35 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  4. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out of the tin. Allow to cool on a wire rack

  5. When the cake has cooled, make the drizzle by gradually adding the blood orange juice to the icing sugar. Add enough juice until you have a thick but drizzle-able consistency

  6. For dehydrated blood orange slices preheat the oven to it's lowest temperature. Finely slice blood oranges and dab away excess juice with a paper towel. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the oranges. Put them in the oven for 6-8 hours until they are hard

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 thoughts on “Blood Orange Drizzle Cake

  1. Angela

    Such a beautiful cake. I haven’t seen any blood oranges yet, but I need to get hold of some to do my own baking.

    This looks like there is a slice with my name on it.

    1. Curly Post author

      Thank you 🙂 I think a lot of people are struggling to find them at the moment. Hopefully you’ll find some soon!

  2. Michelle Rolfe

    Wow, I love the look of this cake. I think I usually clear the shops locally of blood oranges at this time of year so I’ll definitely be adding this to my list. Thanks for sharing, Michelle x

  3. jenny walters

    I’ve never had a blood orange either! I adore these sort of cakes. So much simple flavour they taste incredible! Great photos too. Will have to look out for them. Thank you so much for bringing it to #BakingCrumbs

    1. Curly Post author

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I love a simple cake. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to be messing around with layers and decorations!

  4. Jenny Paulin

    I love the look of your cake – its such a wonderful mix of colours and I love a drizzle cake. I must admit I also have never eaten a blog orange, but they always look so good. x

  5. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    What a gorgeous cake Cat! Drizzle cakes are one of my favourites and whether they are lemon or orange I really adore them. I love the colour of the drizzle and how beautifully you’ve decorated the cake with dehydrated orange slices – perfection! Thank you for sharing this beauty with #BakingCrumbs 🙂 x

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