Let me take you back a few years to 2015. I was living in Florence, Italy for a semester abroad, and down the street from my apartment was this little fresh fruit bodega. Smallest little hole-in-the-wall, but had the freshest, best fruit. I thought I had bought an orange, but unbeknownst to me, it had these beautiful deep red stripes and hues blended throughout. Ever since that day, blood oranges have been one of my favorite fruits for their tangy yet sweet flavor.
This blood orange olive oil cake is an homage to my time in Italy. Olive oil brings a beautiful tenderness and flavor to cakes without being too overpowering, which is the perfect pair to the citrus from fresh blood oranges.
Aside from the bright flavor blood oranges bring to the table, they also provide a stunning color (peep the icing drizzle). The best part? This loaf is acceptable to eat at literally any time of day. A slice for breakfast, mid day snack, or dessert.Print