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Blood orange rosemary bundt cake on cooling rack.

Blood Orange Rosemary Bundt Cake

Rich, buttery and tender. This blood orange rosemary bundt cake is made with tangy buttermilk and drizzled with a sweet and tangy blood orange glaze, then scattered with chopped rosemary to make this a classic fit for a modern table.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18 Servings
Calories 321kcal
Author Debs


  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 3-5 Tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary 1 chopped, 2 whole


  • Preheat the oven to 350f/ 180c. Butter and flour a 10 cup bundt pan. In a small bowl mix the buttermilk and lemon juice and set aside. In a medium bowl weight out all the dry ingredients, flour baking powder, baking soda and zest of the lemons and oranges and poppy seeds.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, or use an electric hand held mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  • With the mixer on low alternate adding the buttermilk and flour mixture to the bowl, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bunt pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out almost clean.
  • Leave on a wire rack to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before flipping it over onto a wire rack to continue cooling. Mix the glaze and drizzle over the cake. Garnish with the chopped rosemary and the whole sprigs.

Notes- Optional: If you’d like to elevate this cake to something show stopping you can thinly slice some blood oranges and leave them in a very low oven overnight to dry out. Use about 1 orange to make 10 slices.

  • This cake makes about 18 slices.