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Blueberry Clementine-Soaked Cake with Blood Orange Bitters

Categories: Breads, Cakes

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This cake resembles a quick bread and is bursting with orange and blueberry flavor! Blood orange bitters can be found online and in specialty food or liquor shops. It is traditionally used in cocktails but can also be used to add a lot of orange flavor in baking. You can alternatively make your own blood orange bitters, however some of the ingredients may need to be purchased online.


  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. clementine orange zest
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. clementine orange juice
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. blood orange bitters


For the cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another large mixing bowl, stir together yogurt, eggs, vanilla sugar, and zest. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir until combined. Add olive oil, stirring until incorporated. Fold in blueberries. Pour batter in greased, lightly floured loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

For the clementine syrup:

1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and clementine orange juice to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn down the heat and allow sauce to thicken.

2. For the glaze:

3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, use a whisk or a fork to mix confectioner's sugar and bitters. You can easily substitute more clementine juice for bitters, though the bitters add a complexity that's quite nice.

To assemble cake:

1. After removing cake from the oven, allow to cool ten minutes, then drench in the clementine syrup. Allow syrup to soak into cake for ten minutes more, then invert onto a plate or cake stand. Drizzle with glaze and serve.