Blood Orange and Hazelnut Cake

September 15, 2013

Blood oranges are one of the “sexy” fruits in the fruit world, I think. The porous orange skin lightly blushed with red flecks, sliced open to reveal the blood red segments oozing with juice.

Im not normally a fan of oranges as I find them a little too much work (thats how I roll), but the blood orange is pretty awesome. Its just so damn pretty!

So when I saw some blog orange at Bondi Farmers Markets, I knew I had to buy some and turn them in to a gorgeous dessert. But what?

Having some hazelnut lying around that needed using, I figured a twist on the original flourless orange cake might be in order.


This cake has only 5 ingredients, and really couldn’t be easier. It takes a little time, because you need to boil the oranges, but its a set and forget type thing so don’t stress.

The hazelnuts give a much earthier flavour than their almondy cousins, and although the gorgeous pinky hue that was present in the original mixing doesn’t present itself once baked, the overall flavour is very fitting for the sexy fruit.


Blood Orange and Hazelnut Cake
Adapted from


  • 4 blood oranges
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 6 cups hazelnut meal (made by simply blending some hazelnuts until you have meal)
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


Line an 8″ spring form tin with baking paper and spray lightly with canola oil spray and preheat oven to 170°C.

Place the oranges in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes (this will reduce the bitterness of the peel). Refresh under cold water. Drain. Coarsely chop oranges. Removing and discarding any seeds.

Place the orange in a food processor and process until smooth.


Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add the orange, almond meal and baking powder and gently fold until just combined. Pour into prepared tin.


Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.

Dust with icing sugar and serve 🙂

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0 Responses to Blood Orange and Hazelnut Cake

  1. Hotly Spiced on September 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I love blood oranges too. You just never know what colour they will be on the inside until you cut them open. And their colour varies so much. I’ve used them in a lot of salads but I’ve never made a cake with them. Thanks for the inspiration xx

  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet on September 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Awesome recipe but can i use normal oranges as well? because I’m not sure blood oranges are in season anymore 🙁 hehe

  3. Iron Chef Shellie on September 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    lol blood oranges are totalllly sexy!! and with hazelnuts.. ooooo yum!

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook on September 24, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Ohhh this sounds delicious! I love blood oranges – the short season for blood orange make me want to get even more but it’s so expensive! This cake has only 5 simple ingredients but look really good!

  5. nancy at good food matters on September 27, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Blood oranges are amazing. beautiful. I especially like this cake because it’s gluten free–and looks light and luscious. terrific recipe!

  6. Adrian (food rehab) on October 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Too right, blood oranges are smexxxxy! Aaah this would taste devine

  7. Dining with a Stud on October 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    You definitely can 🙂 the original recipe was for normal oranges, I just put a spin on it.

  8. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats on October 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Gosh I truly love the ruby red flesh. Seriously love blood orange. Wonder if I could still look for them here at my local grocers. The cake sounds heavenly delicious and light. I certainly can never resist the taste and smell of citrus! Yummmmmmmmmmm ♥ Jo

  9. Sarah | The Sugar Hit on October 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I totally dig what you’re saying: blood oranges = sexy/regular oranges = too much work. This cake looks awesome.

  10. Tina @ bitemeshowme on October 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Now that’s a beauty of a cake – love the sound of the blood orange and hazelnut combo!

  11. Lianne on November 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    YUM! This sounds and look amazing! (: Love adding hazelnut meal to my cakes! Adds a great flavour to the cake~ hehe

  12. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy on November 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    What a gorgeous looking cake Nic. Stunning! I imagine the flavor of the blood oranges with the hazelnut would be a knockout combination.

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