Blood Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

By • February 1, 2011 • 24 Comments



Author Notes: This cake is slightly adapted from the one I came up for last year's "Best Blood Orange, Mint and Feta Recipe" contest. That cake was adapted from Molly Wizenberg's French-Style Yogurt Cake. Use organic blood oranges if possible.WinnieAb

Serves 8

  • 1 1/2 cup organic all purpose unbleached flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon(s) blood orange zest (I use a microplane)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use full-fat)
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 3 eggs, preferably organic and free-range
  • 1/2 cup fruity olive oil
  • juice from 1 blood orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar (for the syrup)
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice (for the syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) blood orange zest (for the syrup)
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar (for the glaze)
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice (for the glaze)
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cardamom (for the glaze)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch springform pan with olive oil, and flour the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ground cardamom, baking powder and salt. Add the 2 teaspoons orange zest and whisk again.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, olive oil, and 1/4 cup orange juice. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, with no lumps.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I suggest you start checking after 30 minutes: you do not want to over bake the cake.
  5. Cool the cake for 15 minutes and then remove the sides of the pan. Detach from the bottom of the springform and place the cake on a large plate. Prick the cake all over with a fork.
  6. Whisk the syrup ingredients together, and then drizzle the syrup all over the cake. The syrup will seep into all those fork holes you just made.
  7. Allow to cool, then whisk together the glaze ingredients. Glaze the top of the cake with a knife or off-set spatula and allow 45 minutes or so for it to dry before serving.
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almost 2 years ago CHeeb

Satsumas are ripe right now,so I used them in lieu of the blood oranges. This is a divine recipe, as I am new to using Cardamom. The yogurt and olive oil make this a very soft,delicate crumb . The syrup and glaze combination,too,give it additional orange and cardamom flavor. It is a very fragrant unusual spice cake I will make again. Thanks for another Food52 successful recipe...ch

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over 3 years ago HeritageCook

This looks fabulous. Orange cake is one of my favorites but using blood oranges will make this extra special! Thanks for a great recipe Winnie!

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over 3 years ago dbourdo

WinnieAb - I think I'd have to vote for the newer recipe since I didn't make the ice cream. First time 'round I did not add the icing but second time I did - seemed a bit more finished and luxurious with the icing. And I really think the recipe benefits from the extra cardamom both in the batter and the icing. I'm a huge cardamom fan so I really liked the strong flavor and scent I got from the new recipe. Either way I'm adding this to my "go to" repertoire for entertaining!

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

I am so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for making the cake and letting me know :)

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Lol- thanks!

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Which version of this cake do you like more, WinnieAb?

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

That is a tough one! It's been a long time since I made the other one. I like the additional cardamom and the icing on this one, but the other is yummy, too.

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over 3 years ago dbourdo

I made your initial version of this cake last weekend and my hubby and I ate it so quickly I vowed to make another this weekend. (Okay, we did eat if over 2-3 days!) So this is timely as I will now try this version! I'm happy with the increase in cardamom - was going to do that myself.

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

I'd love to hear which one you like better. I was tempted to just re-post the other recipe, without the ice cream, but decided to do a new recipe/new photo :)

Jenn_claiborne

over 3 years ago SweetPotatoSoul

Looks delicious Winnie! I'm going to make this : )

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Aw, thanks! Hope you try it (and like it)!

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over 3 years ago Midge

I've been trying to come up with a cardamom olive oil cake, but I think I'll just throw in the towel and makes yours. Sounds fabulous.

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you so much Midge!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

I wish I had some with my coffee right now! I'll have to go get me some blood oranges!

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks nannydeb!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Sounds great!

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love!

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you :)

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love the sound of this!

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Why, thank you!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds really good, and your photo is beautiful.

Winnie100

over 3 years ago WinnieAb

Thank you so much!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum! You win!