Blood Orange Pound Cake

This blood orange pound cake has a citrus flavor that can’t be beat, and is incredibly tender thanks to the addition of French-style yogurt.

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Since 2007, Dan and I have had the same Valentine’s Day routine. We started dating on January 29, 2006 (over 9 years ago!!), so every year, we do our big date night out at a fancy restaurant on whatever weekend falls closest to that date. Then on Valentine’s Day, he brings me flowers and chocolate, and I make him a fancy pants dinner at home. We hate facing the crowds and craziness at restaurants on February 14, so this way, we get the best of both worlds – we still get a nice night out, as well as a great date night in.

While our tradition has held strong for eight years, we still keep things varied by changing the restaurant and at-home menu every year. Usually, the dinner includes some form of homemade pasta and a recipe that harkens back to our Italian honeymoon. As for dessert, I’ve made everything from chocolate fondue to homemade ice cream to clementine pound cake.

For this Valentine’s Day, I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to make. The friend whose pasta roller I’d usually borrow lives all the way in Ithaca, and while Dan got me a pasta roller for Christmas, the company has changed the estimated ship date from December to…March. So I’m totally taking dinner recipe suggestions!

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Dessert is decided, though: blood orange pound cake made with French- or Greek-style yogurt. If your Valentine isn’t a big chocolate lover (ahem, looking at you, Dan), consider making them this blood orange pound cake on February 14th instead.  The cake itself is made with both blood orange zest and juice, and the icing on top is blood orange juice-based. Between the two, the cake has a lovely citrus flavor that can’t be beat.

The thick yogurt in the batter makes the crumb of this cake incredibly tender and anything but dry. The recipe calls for Stonyfield’s Petite Crème yogurt, but if you can’t find it at your usual grocery store, their regular Greek yogurt will work as well – I tested both, just to make sure!

I topped this cake with some candied orange slices. While this is by no means a requirement, it does add a certain elegance to the cake and adds even more blood orange flavor to an already citrus-packed dessert. If you have the time to make some candied blood oranges this week before you make the cake, I highly recommend doing so. You don’t even have to make a full batch or preserve them – just cut the recipe in half, and you’ll have plenty of candied orange slices for your cake, with some extras that will be fine in the refrigerator for another two weeks (use them for another orange pound cake or over ice cream!).

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

Blood Orange Pound Cake

This blood orange pound cake has a citrus flavor that can’t be beat, and is incredibly tender thanks to the addition of French-style yogurt.


  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup French- or Greek-style yogurt (I used Stonyfield's Petite Crème)
  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice (from 2-3 oranges)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 blood orange
  • For the icing:
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice (from about 1 orange)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • For assembly:
  • Candied blood orange slices , optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Whisk the flour with the salt and baking powder.
  3. Cream the butter, olive oil, sugar and brown sugar together. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  4. With the mixer running on low, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients, mixing well. Add the yogurt, juice, vanilla and orange zest, beating until the ingredients are fully mixed in.
  6. Add the rest of the dry ingredients, mixing just until there are no dry spots left.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and even out the top.
  8. Bake at 325°F for 75 to 90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  9. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully slide a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the cake out onto a wire rack. Flip the cake over.
  10. Whisk the icing ingredients together to create a thick, pourable icing. You may need to add a little more juice or sugar to get the right consistency. Pour the icing over the cake.
  11. Top with candied orange slices (optional). Allow the icing to set and the cake to cool completely before serving.

PS: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Savvy Eats possible.

Strawberry Chocolate Fudge

Strawberry chocolate fudge is creamy and smooth, with a touch of fruity flavor. Serve it at your next holiday party, or send your guests home with a goody bag of fudge!

Strawberry chocolate fudge // Savvy Eats

In my mind, Christmas and the first part of December are for cookies. I love the holiday cookies, don’t get me wrong. We usually bake six to eight varieties in a wide variety of flavors, from caramel-tinged Russian tea cake cookies to fruity raspberry almond spritz cookiesto decadent chocolate coconut cookies, and hand them out to family, friends and coworkers. But after the 25th of December, I usually need a bit of a cookie break.

However, I also host an annual cocktails and board games New Years’ Eve party, and you can’t have a holiday party without treats! Cookies are out, and since we’re playing board games, dessert that requires a fork and a plate aren’t usually the best choice either. We need to keep our hands free for moving pieces and collecting cards! Enter homemade candy.

Strawberry Chocolate Fudge on

This holiday season, I’ve been playing around with different strawberry chocolate fudge recipes. I’ve tried the ones that call for mini marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, or any other ingredients meant to make the process easier. But the winner by far was the traditional fudge recipe – the one requiring a candy thermometer, some patience and a whole lot of stirring with a wooden spoon.

The resulting fudge is nice and creamy, with no grittiness in sight. It is decadent and rich, with a firm and smooth texture when you bite into it. And the addition of strawberry jam gives it a fruity flavor with a little more depth than you’d find in a plain chocolate fudge. The traditional way of making fudge is definitely worth the extra work and time.

Make this strawberry chocolate fudge a few days before your last holiday party (it will save you some prep time on party day if the dessert is already done) and wow your guests as you ring in the new year with a fruity chocolate treat.

This post was originally published on Food Fanatic.