This easy blood orange bundt cake is the perfect citrus season dessert. It’s fluffy, moist and so easy to make! Top the blood orange cake with a quick and easy pink citrus glaze for a truly stunning dessert.
Citrus season is officially here, so naturally I’m stocking up on all the blood oranges while I can. This bundt cake is so good, you’ll likely want to buy a lot of blood oranges to make this dessert all citrus season long. I love any type of citrus dessert, it just reminds that spring is right around the corner. Although oranges can be found year round, I find that blood oranges are the sweetest from January to April.
What you need to make a blood orange bundt cake
This blood orange Bundt Cake comes together rather quickly and takes just under an hour to bake. It’s perfect for any type of get together, brunch or dessert after sunday dinner! Here’s what you’ll need to make the perfect Bundt Cake.
- All purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Unsalted Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Blood Oranges
- Sour Cream
- Powdered Sugar
- 15 cup Bundt Pan
How to make the best moist Bundt Cake
Start out by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Before you start measuring out your ingredients, spray a 10-15 cup bundt pan with non-stick baking spray, then set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients then set aside. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, blood orange zest and blood orange juice.
Alternate between the dry and wet ingredients, starting and stopping with the wet ingredients. So milk/sour cream mixture, flour, milk/sour cream, flour until both have been incorporated into the batter.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure the batter was mixed together, go ahead and give the batter one more mix after scraping down the sides. Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Once cooled, mix together the powdered sugar, blood orange juice and vanilla until fully combined.
Why did my blood orange bundt cake turn green
Ok so the first time I tested this recipe I couldn’t figure out why the heck this bundt cake came green when it was such a pretty pinkish batter. I baked it two more times and still the same result, then after doing a bit of research I figured it out. So this is totally normal and actually pretty cool. Blood oranges get their beautiful deep red color from anthocyanin pigments and these pigments are super sensitive to alkaline ph. Alkaline ph can be found in baking soda and eggs so when there is too much alkaline ph the eggs will turn a slight greenish color during the baking process. Because this cake turned out with a greenish color, I thought this would be a fun St. Patrick’s day dessert also.
How to store a bundt cake
I like to use a bundt cake pan cover to maximize freshness and keep the cake from drying out. Cake will stay fresh for up to 5 days when properly stored.
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Blood Orange Bundt Cake
Moist and fluffy bundt cake boasting with juicy orange flavor.
- 3 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
- 1 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoon Blood Orange Zest
- 1 cup Sour Cream room temperature
- 1/2 cup Blood Orange Juice
Blood Orange Glaze
- 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons Blood Orange Juice
Blood Orange Bundt Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 10-15 cup Bundt Pan with non-stick baking spray. Set Aside.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together then set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar, orange zest and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs in one at a time being sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.
3. Next add in the vanilla, sour cream and blood orange juice. Lastly, mix in flour and be sure that it is fully incorporated.
4. Pour the batter into the greased bundt pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Blood Orange Glaze
1. Mix together the blood orange juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over cooled bundt cake.