Blood oranges are not only delicious but have the most wonderful coloured flesh. It’s a pity they are only available for a short time. The blood orange juice makes such a pretty coloured icing against the pistachios.
• 150g softened, plus extra for the tin
• 250g caster sugar
• 3 medium eggs
• 250g plain flour
• 1½ tsp baking powder
• ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
• ½ tsp fine sea salt
• 100g full-fat soured cream
• 3 blood orange, finely zested
• 3 tbsp chopped pistachios, to decorate
• candied peel, to decorate
Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and butter and line a 1-litre loaf tin.
Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl for 8 mins until fluffy and very pale. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then the soured cream and zest. Spoon into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 45-50 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a rack to cool completelyTo make the icing, combine the sugar and juice and spoon over the cake. Sprinkle over the pistachios and candied peel, if using (see tip, below). Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.