Blood Orange Sponge Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
"I'm super happy because it finally snowed 🥰 I was afraid that we'll have a snowless winter 🙈 but the miracle happened. I've celebrated the moment by buying some blood oranges. One layer of juicy orange cake, one layer of heavy snow and one generous layer of blood oranges seem to be the perfect ingredients for this weekend 🧡"
-- @pancake_planet
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The orange is utilized in all sorts of ways in this stunning sponge cake. From blood orange juice, extracts and sliced rings for presentation, it's a perfect cake to make for easter, tea time, birthdays or for a baking project for the weekend.


Prep time 30mins
Cook time 25mins


For the Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/ 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3/ 4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Blood Orange Syrup

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1/ 4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons blood orange syrup, recipe below
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 blood orange, sliced, for garnish


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 7-9-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Make the cake: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs and sugar together until pale and airy, 5-7 minutes. Mix in the melted butter and orange extract.

  • Step 3

    In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder. Fold into the egg mixture.

  • Step 4

    Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. If there is a dome, slice it off once cooled.

  • Step 5

    Make the blood orange syrup: Combine the juice and sugar in a small pot over medium heat and mix until the sugar melts. Set aside 4-5 tablespoons of the syrup. Add the cornstarch to the remaining syrup on the stove and mix until you have a thick sauce.

  • Step 6

    Make the cream cheese frosting: Mix the cream cheese and honey into the thickened blood orange syrup.

  • Step 7

    Use the non-thickened syrup you set aside to moisten the cooled cake. Top with the frosting and slices of blood orange.