Dessert, Food & Drink, Winter

An Easy (& Kinda Healthy!) Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake by Kayleigh KosmasAs I write this post, I am trembling with excitement because P and I went house shopping today and stumbled across our dream home. Eeee!! I’m trying really, really hard not to get my hopes up about the house because everyone we know in Portland who’s bought a house recently has gone through several rejected offers before securing a home. Before we started this process we promised each other we wouldn’t get attached to any houses, but I just have a feeling about this place. I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that sometimes things align in your life with perfect timing and you know when it’s happening because everything feels right. Do you know what I mean? It’s the same feeling I had when I met P and knew immediately that he was my person for life. Eeeeeee! Now that that’s out of my system, I’m brewing some herbal tea and cutting myself a piece of P’s leftover birthday cake to calm down.

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake by Kayleigh KosmasWhile we’re talking about cake, I’ve been meaning to share this super simple yet incredibly delicious blood orange olive oil cake. It’s airy and moist and not too sweet, with a citrusy zing and the prettiest pink glaze I ever did see. Since it’s made with olive oil instead of butter, the only fats it has are the wholesome, healthful kind. My mom came over and reluctantly tried some – she’s not much of a sweet tooth – and immediately asked for a second slice. Yesterday she called and asked me to make it for her birthday in June. It’s officially a winner! You’ll want to make this one before blood oranges disappear for the winter if you’re like me and you’re currently hooked on everything pink, but even after they’re gone this would be tasty with any regular orange, too. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

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An Easy (& Kinda Healthy!) Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake


For the cake

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp blood orange zest

For the glaze

  • 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed blood orange juice pulp strained out
  • 1 cup+ confectioner's sugar


For the cake

  1. Preheat over to 325º F / 300º F convection
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat sugar, milk and eggs together, then stir in olive oil.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, a little at a time until well mixed.
  5. Divide batter between two 8" cake pans and bake until a tester comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
  6. Let cool 5-10 minutes then turn onto a rack to cool completely before glazing.

For the glaze

  1. Sift the sugar into the blood orange juice a little at a time, stirring, until the desired consistency is reached. You'll want it to be quite thick!
  2. Spread between the cake layers if you wish, then pour as much as you like over the top of the cake, allowing the glaze to spread from the center.

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  • Reply Heidi @Enlightened Decadence February 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This is such a beautiful / different style cake. I’ll need to try this one with a few mods for dairy/eggs.

    Sending good vibes for your potential new home….so exciting!

    • Reply Kayleigh Kosmas February 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Heidi! Right after you commented I realized I left out the blood orange zest and juice from the recipe (whoops!), but it’s fixed now! I’d love to hear any vegan mods you try.

      • Reply Heidi @ Enlightened Decadence February 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

        Lol, I do that so often it’s not even funny. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  • Reply Rachel March 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    What a beautiful cake! It’s been a long time since I’ve made an olive oil cake, but I’ll have to try veganizing it, too.

    That snowstorm was a doozy, wasn’t it? I kept saying that it was the most snow I’d ever seen in Portland, and then I saw articles saying that indeed, it was the most in my lifetime! It was quite a good way to force us to get creative with the contents of our pantries and fridges, though 🙂

    Good luck buying your dream house! Some friends in Portland have had good luck, and some have lost out on multiple houses, so you never know. We got lucky with ours, and didn’t have any other offers, but that was a few years ago, and there was other drama, instead. What part of town are you looking in?

    • Reply Kayleigh Kosmas March 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for your kind words. I can’t wait to check out your blog! 🙂 If you do make a vegan version let me know how it turns out! I’ve been experimenting with more vegan bakes lately and I’m always interested to hear everyone else’s techniques. We’d like to stay in SE where we are now and not have to go too far out, but after going through a few bidding wars with 10-15 other offers (in February!), we may have to widen our search. Who are these people with all that cash!?

      • Reply Rachel March 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

        Oh man, bidding wars sound so stressful, I’m sorry! I always blame out-of-state investors or techies fleeing California or Seattle, but that’s probably not fair. Nobody I know has that kind of cash sitting around! Crossing my fingers that it works out for you soon.

        I’m just starting to experiment with vegan baking, but it hasn’t been difficult so far (I’ll probably sing a different tune after my first failure).

        • Reply Kayleigh Kosmas March 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

          That’s who we’ve been blaming too! It’s hard to know who we’re really up against though. And I can’t hold it against sellers who go with the highest bid. It is discouraging, though, knowing we can’t afford to buy where we’re renting now, which is where I spent a lot of my childhood and my mom grew up. It’s sort of like being displaced from your own history in a way. We have another offer in now…fingers crossed!
          If you’re ever looking for vegan baking inspo, I often look to Heidi from the blog Enlightened Decadence and highly recommend her recipes!

          • Rachel March 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

            “It’s sort of like being displaced from your own history in a way,” is such an an apt, and sad description of gentrification. I’m sorry, I hope homebuying works out for you soon!

            Yeah, I’ve been coming across recipes from Enlightened Decadence recently, and have been meaning to try some. Good to hear that they have turned out well for you. 🙂

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