This blood orange bundt cake is a sweet and citrus cake that is perfect to share with a crowd! Serve for breakfast or dessert.
Total Time:1 hour 50 minutes
For the cake
2–1/2 tablespoons blood orange zest
1 cup blood orange juice (about 5 blood oranges, but will vary)
2–1/2 teaspoons orange liquor
5 eggs, room temperature
1–1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
3 cups flour
2–1/2 cups sugar
1–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1–1/4 teaspoons salt
2–3/4 sticks of butter (11 ounces/22 tablespoons), room temperature
For the glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons blood orange juice (more, if desired)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
To prepare the cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and liberally grease and flour a large 15 cup bundt cake pan.
Stir together the eggs, vanilla, blood orange juice, zest, and liquor in a bowl or measuring cup and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low until combined, about 30 seconds. Keeping the mixer on low, add the butter one tablespoon at a time and continue to beat until the mixture is uniform and in peas-sized crumbles.
Increase the speed to medium (about 4 on a stand mixer) and slowly pour in the egg and juice mixture. Continue to beat until the batter is uniformly moistened, smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until an inserted toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about an hour and then carefully invert on the rack to continue cooling completely.
To prepare the glaze
Combine all three ingredients until no lumps of sugar remain. Add more sugar to thicken glaze slightly and add small amounts of juice, milk, or water, to thin the glaze out. I prefer to keep mine rather thick so that it will thickly coat the sides of my cake. Once the cake is cooled completely, pour the glaze over top and allow it to drizzle down the sides. Store at room temperature for up to three days.
This recipe is intended to be prepared in a large, 15 cup bundt cake pan. Do not fill the pan more than 3/4 of the way full or it will overflow! Pour extra batter in a cupcake pan and bake little blood orange muffins.
Test the viscosity of your glaze this way: run a spatula or your whisk through the glaze. It should be just thick enough that the line you dragged through the glaze nearly disappears after about 10 counted seconds. Add more powdered sugar to thicken, or more juice to thin.