A loaf cake with blood orange slices on top

Blood orange loaf cake

  • serves 8-10
  • Easy

Edd Kimber's show-off bake combines the ruby-red brilliance of blood oranges with crunchy poppy seeds and grated marzipan


Bake this blood orange loaf cake, then check out our orange loaf cake, vegan lemon loaf cake, banana bread and more loaf cake recipes.



  • unsalted butter 100g at room temperature, plus extra for the tin
  • caster sugar 200g
  • blood oranges 2, zested, plus 30ml of juice and some extra slices to decorate
  • eggs 2 large
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • plain flour 200g
  • baking powder 1¼ tsp
  • natural yogurt 125ml
  • poppy seeds 2 tbsp, plus extra to decorate
  • marzipan 85g
  • icing sugar 200g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly butter a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper. Put the butter, sugar and orange zest in a large bowl, and beat with an electric whisk for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add one egg, and beat until fully combined before adding the second. Briefly mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and ¼ tsp of salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in two additions, alternating with the yogurt. Add the poppy seeds, then grate the marzipan directly into the batter. Mix to combine.

  • Step 2

    Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf tin and spread out into an even layer. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 3

    Mix the icing sugar with the 30ml of orange juice until you have a thick, pourable glaze. Pour this over the cake, encouraging it over the sides with a palette knife or the back of a spoon so it drips down. Sprinkle with some extra poppy seeds and decorate with blood orange slices, if you like. It will keep, undecorated, for up to three days.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 382
  • Fat 11.9g
  • Saturates 6.1g
  • Carbs 62.6g
  • Sugars 46.6g
  • Fibre 1.2g
  • Protein 5.3g
  • Salt 0.4g