Okay, I’m going to be real.  I am craving this lemon loaf cake almost every single day that I am not actually having it, which sadly is most days.  Recently I was craving it while also thinking about the beauty of blood oranges (as we all do at some point during the day, right?  Anyone? Bueller?) and it hit me.  Combine the two.  Best of both worlds.  Blood orange loaf cake.

I love this cake because of its simple elegance, and the intense orange flavor that comes from three doses of orange – in the cake itself, the soaking syrup and the glaze.  Even more if you add the candied orange slices on top.  My kids…well, they just love it because of the pink icing. Who am I kidding?  I love that too.