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Blood Orange & Rose Cake

This not-so-sweet cake recipe is one of my personal favorites. Using simple, easy to find ingredients, this cake has flavors of aromatic cardamom, sweet rose, and tangy orange. Serve it hot with fresh, homemade butter and local honey for a truly magical experience. Perfect to bake on Sunday mornings or bring to your next friendly gathering! *Warning: this recipe is a crowd-pleaser so be prepared to bake two!*


What you’ll need :

  • Mixing Bowls

  • Hand Grater

  • Mortar & Pestle

  • Citrus Juicer or Hand Juicer

  • Spoon or Spatula for mixing

  • Buttered Baking Pan

  • Hand Mixer (optional)

  • Food Processor (optional)



Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour

  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar

  • 2 tbsp dried rose petals

  • 1 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 2 large blood oranges

  • 1/3 cup of buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (one stick)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp of vanilla (optional)

Adding vanilla extract to this recipe is completely optional, I've tested it both ways and the cake always turns out delicious!



Mis en Place :

  • Use your hand grater and collect the zest of one orange. Set aside.

  • Take the zested orange, cut in half, and squeeze the juice into a separate bowl.

  • Remove the rind from your second orange and slice into medium-thin rounds. For garnish!

  • Combine your sugar with 2 tbsp dried rose petals (reserve about 1/4 tsp for garnish). Use your mortar and pestle or food processor to fully incorporate them together. Keep in mind, you don’t want large petal pieces in the cake!



Combine your Ingredients :

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine unsalted butter and rose sugar until creamy.

  3. Add in your eggs (one at a time) while mixing in the orange zest.

  4. In a second bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Freshly squeezed orange juice, buttermilk, and vanilla.

  5. In a third bowl, combine your dry ingredients. Salt, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and flour.

  6. Add the wet and dry ingredients to your main mixing bowl, adding a little of each at a time to ensure full incorporation.

  7. Transfer your batter into the prepared loaf pan. Garnish the top with dried rose petals and orange slices!

  8. Bake for 60 - 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.



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