Blood orange pound cake cut into slices

Blood orange pound cake

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 10

Try this modern take on an American pound cake, with soured cream and sharp blood orange icing to balance the sweetness. Decorate with pistachios 

Nutrition and extra info

  • sponge only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal420
  • fat16g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.6g

Ingredients

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
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  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, at room temperature
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  • 250g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
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  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
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  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 100g full-fat soured cream
  • 3 blood orange, finely zested
  • 3 tbsp chopped pistachios, to decorate (optional)
  • candied peel, to decorate (optional, see tip, below)

For the icing

  • 170g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp blood orange juice

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and butter and line a 1-litre loaf tin.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl for 8 mins until fluffy and very pale. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then the soured cream and zest. Spoon into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 45-50 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

  3. To make the icing, combine the sugar and juice and spoon over the cake. Sprinkle over the pistachios and candied peel, if using (see tip, below). Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

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Julietty
20th Jan, 2020
3.05
This makes a nice cake but in spite of following the recipe to the letter, it doesn't taste of orange which seems a bit of a waste given it uses beautiful blood oranges. The juice makes a nice pink icing though.
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