Blood Orange Loaf Cake

Happy Valentine's Day! For the people in your life who might be a little sweet and a little sour, this cake is the perfect way to share your affection. It's moist on the inside and firm on the crust, with a citrus tang from the seasonal blood oranges.

Recipe slightly adapted from Bake from Scratch.

-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup almond milk
-3 large eggs
-2 tablespoons blood orange zest
-1/4 cup  blood orange juice
-1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-Confectioners' sugar and additional blood orange juice, optional for glaze
-Blood orange slices, optional for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper, with a few inches of parchment paper extending over the long edges.

In a stand mixer, beat sugar, Greek yogurt, almond milk, eggs, orange zest and blood orange juice at medium speed until combined, which should take about 3-5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, measure and stir flour, baking powder and salt. Lower stand mixer speed, then add flour mixture to wet ingredients. As mixture continues to beat at low speed, pour oil slowly into the bowl, and beat until combined.

Spray paper-lined loaf pan with cooking spray, then pour batter into pan. Bake until risen and golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan, and let cool on a wire rack.

To make the glaze, whisk a splash of blood orange juice with confectioners' sugar until a paste is formed. Drizzle glaze over sliced cake, and garnish with additional slices of blood orange.


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