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Almond Blood Orange Pound Cake

Almond Blood Orange Pound Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Almond blood orange pound cake is the perfect treat for citrus season! Topped with blood orange glaze, you’ll love this soft and tender pound cake.



  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


Baking powder: Use an aluminum-free baking powder to prevent the cake and glaze from turning blue/discoloring.

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Keywords: Almond, Almond Paste, Blood Orange, Pound Cake