As much as I love to bake (and eat baked goods), I would not consider myself baker. I’m more of the occasional “let’s make some cookies” type of girl. A lot of the recipes I find seem daunting and intimidating so I often give up reading about halfway through the instructions. However, when I saw The Sweet and Simple Kitchen’s Blood Orange Cardamom Cake on Instagram, I swooned. I literally swooned and I was determined to try it. Especially since 1) I recently discovered my love for cardamom (orange cardamom ice cream, anyone?) and 2), the cake glaze was pink sans food coloring!
I would say the experience was a partial success. First and foremost, it was pretty! I definitely learned a lot trying to make the glaze and attempting to dry blood oranges. The flavor and overall texture seemed on point, at least in my mom’s and my opinion. The sour cream made it incredibly moist and the cake was sweet, but not too sweet. It came out a bit dense and I take responsibility for overworking the batter. I think I didn’t wait for the butter to be soft enough and I over-mixed the flour into the liquids. I never know when to stop mixing! I’m hoping that skill just comes with practice.
Another mild hiccup: the inside of the cake was tinted slightly green… My mom and I still can’t figure out if it was the night lighting in the kitchen or not, but definitely surprising. I think it might have to do with the blood orange zest, not the lighting. I used a medium ribbon grater because I couldn’t find our zester. I thought it would turn out pretty and you’d see the reddish ribbons in the cake. I was wrong. I think they disintegrated (and tinted the cake), because I couldn’t find any zest particles!
Despite a few mistakes, I think the cake came out pretty well for for the first try. I definitely plan to give it another go and see if I can get the density right. Meanwhile, I look forward to enjoying my Blood Orange Cardamom cake the next couple days with my morning coffee!
A big thank you to The Sweet and Simple Kitchen for sharing her recipe, which you can find here.