almond blood orange pound cake
Photos and recipe updated April 2019
Countless images of blood oranges have popped up on Instagram in the last few months, and each image of the striking citrus fruit has given me a touch of blood orange envy. When I spotted a basket of the dark fleshed fruit at a local farm stand, I snatched them all up. I’m so glad I did because this almond blood orange pound cake is simply divine!
The incredibly tender almond pound cake (thanks to almond paste plus Amaretto) meets blood orange syrup for the perfect union of flavors. Blood orange syrup is brushed over the top just as the cake comes out of the oven, infusing each bite with citrus flavor. A pretty pink blood orange glaze makes a lovely drizzle over each slice!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp blood orange zest
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 ounces almond paste, cubed
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp Amaretto
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
Blood Orange Syrup
- 3 Tbsp fresh blood orange juice
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp blood orange zest
- 2 Tbsp blood orange juice
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Place sugar and blood orange zest in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Beat butter, almond paste, and blood orange-sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg, Amaretto, and almond extract. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add yogurt mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.
- Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
- While cake is baking, prepare blood orange syrup. Combine blood orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and syrup thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove blood orange syrup from the heat.
- Remove cake from oven and transfer to a wire rack; use a pastry brush to brush top of cake evenly with blood orange syrup. Let stand for 15 minutes, then carefully remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
- For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, blood orange zest, juice, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cake and and let set before serving.
Keywords: Almond, Almond Paste, Blood Orange, Pound Cake