Blood Orange Yogurt Cake


I spent this past weekend in LA. I love LA... I think. Or maybe strongly like.  I used to overlook it as a town filled with nothing but movie star hopefuls but the more time I spend there,  the more I am drawn to it. Although for the record I do not love the traffic. It is a whole different beast compared to the Bay Area. However I do love the food world there. There is some really interesting stuff happening with food and I was excited to get a glimpse of it this past weekend. I was in town for a food conference (IACP) which is a food industry conference that focused a lot on social media, blogs and video this year. It was really interesting to see what people are doing in this space. It is almost like the Wild West in that the possibilities are endless, especially in online food video/YouTube. Really inspiring. So if I can just get over looking at myself on camera I am going to put out some YouTube videos (there are already some of me for Williams-Sonoma floating around which you can view here. Eeks! )


But while I get more conformable seeing my face and hearing my voice on a computer I have started making quick "how to" videos for Instagram and I am in love. I have always been drawn to digital media and the intersection of food and digital media makes me very happy. I posted a video last night of how to make this cake - check it out, it is pretty fun.

In the meantime let me share the recipe for this deliciousness. Blood oranges are one of my favorite fruits - the color and the taste is amazing. I know that blood oranges are on their way out (seasonally) so feel free to swap in Meyer lemons or regular old oranges. The key to this cake is thinly slicing the oranges as well as cooking them a little beforehand in simple syrup, then using that simple syrup as a glaze on top. The cake is a yogurt cake making it not too sweet which is perfect to combat the sweetness of the glaze and oranges.




Blood Orange Yogurt Cake


  • 2-3 medium blood oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 1/2 cups all - purpose flour 
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp. almondextract (optional) 
  • 3 eggs 


Grate 1 1/2 tsp. blood orange zest. Thinly slice blood oranges, removing any seeds. 

In a medium sized saucepan combine 3/4 cup of sugar with the water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce to a simmer, stirring to make sure the sugar has dissolved. Add the blood orange slices and gently simmer until slices the pith of the oranges has started to turn translucent. Remove from cooking liquid and lay on parchment lined baking sheet. Increase the heat and reduce the blood orange cooking liquid until it has reduced by half and is thick. Set aside. 

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer beat eggs with remaining sugar until light and creamy. Add yogurt, vegetable oil, orange zest, vanilla extract and almond extract if using. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined but do not over mix. 

Assemble the cake by lining the bottom of a buttered 9" cake pan with blood orange slices, overlapping slightly, Gently pour cake mixture over blood orange slices. Bake cake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool slightly then invert it using a wire rack. Drizzle reduced blood orange cooking liquid and serve warm or at room temperature. 

Serves 6 to 8