Blood orange upside down cake

Blood orange upside down cake
  We have recently figured out that many people are not familiar with using olive oil for all kinds of sweet dishes! That's why we want to give you some insights on food pairing olive oil with desserts.
First of all it's a healthy alternative to cut "bad" cholesterol and saturated fats like butter, margarine or other oils. It is also considered to add extra antioxidants (to help you to protect your cells) and vitamin E. Vitamin E can even help you to keep your baked goods fresher for a longer time. The taste of olive oil will give your cookies and cakes a light and unique flavour and can bring out other flavours often used in desserts like chocolate, nuts and fruits. Always remember to use a good extra virgin olive oil and keep it stored properly for maxium taste and health benefits. You can find more info on the health benefits in our Olive Oil 101 blog. 
This week we want to introduce you to a super soft and fruity blood orange cake - perfect for this early spring temperatures at the moment!

  • 150 g butter
  • 2 teaspoons Neolea Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh blood orange juice
  • 3 medium-sized blood oranges
  • 140 g flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 250 g granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 75 g ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons milk


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cover bottom of cake springform pan with baking paper and grease.

2. For the cake, peel blood oranges and cut into thin slices. Dab oranges on kitchen paper and distribute overlapping slices on the bottom of the springform pan so that it is completely covered with blood oranges. Evenly sprinkle with 10 g of flour and put aside.

3. Mix remaining flour baking powder, soda and ground almonds and put aside.

4. Rub off the blood orange peel. Beat butter and sugar until frothy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in the lemon peel.

5. Add dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and stir until a dough is formed. Add milk and olive oil and stir the dough until smooth.

6. Pour the dough over the blood orange slices into the springform pan. Bake in a hot oven for 35-40 minutes and allow to cool completely.

7. For the syrup squeeze 1 blood orange. Mix the juice with the sugar and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat.

8. Distribute syrup over the cake. Remove from the mold.

You can find more recipes here on our blog ranging from breakfast, lunch or dinner inspirations. If you want to find out more about all the health benefits extra virgin olive oil has to offer or how we are producing it, check out our Olive Oil 101 section on the website! 


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