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buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting + a book

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog
If you follow along on my instagram account, you may have noticed I’ve been baking quite a bit since September (well, quite a bit more than usual, if that’s possible). The reason is that I have been recipe testing like a mad woman, working on my first book.

I’m still pinching myself about the whole thing. I spent all middle school and junior high writing short stories, novellas, and poems in the free time I had, dreaming that maybe one day my work would make its way to book form. So while ‘cookbook’ was never in my plans (I was always working on some Nancy Drew enters Narnia with Sweet Valley High make-out scenes type book), I am so excited to have this opportunity.

I still have a lot more work to do, but my cookbook will be coming out Fall 2016, and is being published by Avery in the US and Penguin in Canada. It will be a book focused on baking with a handful of favorites from this space, but will mostly contain new recipes. I will also be photographing the entire book.
buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog

buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog

buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog
So, how about cake to celebrate? I’m enamored with blood oranges, and decided to top a buttermilk cake with some blood orange frosting. The bright purple juice naturally dyed the icing a light shade of pink, and I couldn’t be happier. Gold sprinkles never hurt anything, either (and the color combination was inspired by these plates, which I have fallen so hard for). Hip Hip Hooray!

buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog
Buttermilk Cake
adapted from Nothing but Delicious

I have made this cake before in two layers, and it turned out just fine, although it was a bit dense. I do recommend making three layers. The cake above shows two – I actually did make three, but the third layer got nibbled on by my kids.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature (about 70 degrees)
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans (make sure cake pans are at least 2 inches tall). Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans (if you need a visual on this step, here is a You Tube video that is helpful).

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Mix together the buttermilk and sour cream in a small measuring cup, and set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the butter with a whisk attachment at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and beat again until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the vanilla, then whisk the batter again at medium speed for 4-5 minutes, until the batter is light and voluminous.

Using a spatula, fold in the flour and the buttermilk-sour cream mixture in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

Divide batter evenly among the prepared cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until set in the center and a cake tester comes out with just the slightest bit of crumb.

Blood Orange Frosting
Start with 1/8 teaspoon salt, and add more if the frosting is too sweet.

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
zest of one blood orange
1/4 cup blood orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons Triple Sec (optional)
1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt (see note)
4 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Scrape down the sides and add the orange zest, juice, vanilla, Triple Sec (if using) and salt. Mix on low until combined, and then beat the ingredients together for a minute. Turn the mixer back to low, and slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high, and then beat 6-8 minutes until light and fluffy.
buttermilk cake with blood orange frosting | the vanilla bean blog

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    Laura
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:57 am

    YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!!!

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    Laura
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:58 am

    (But also please finish the Narnia, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew epic)

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Ha! I really should finish that. 🙂 And thanks, Ms. Laura. xx

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    Iris Hanlin
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Oh my GOSH. That looks heavenly. I’ll be making that for my birthday in March!

    The Starving Inspired

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Iris! I hope you like it. 🙂

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:02 am

    So the news is out!! How thrilling. Congrats all over again. xox

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you Aimee! xx

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    Audrey @ LRB
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Bravo! Great news! x

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you Audrey!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    So happy to hear your good news!! I can’t wait for this book!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you so much Katrina! xx

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    Ashley
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:26 am

    This is so exciting! Congrats!!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Ashley! xx

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    Erika
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Wow so much congrats to you! Can’t wait to see this book.. and I really think you should still follow through with the Narnia- Sweet Valley High make-out scenes type book.. just sayin.. 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Erika! And yes, maybe when this book is done I’ll dabble in teen lit. 😉

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    Erin {yummy supper}
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Woo hoo!!!!! Huge congrats! I cannot wait for your book!
    I hope you fully enjoy the crazy adventure.
    Xoxo
    E

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you Erin! So far it’s been fun. But ask me again the week before my manuscript is due. 🙂

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    Michelle
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

    A HUGE congrats Sarah! I’ve been a big fan of your blog for a while now, and I’ve found your recipes to be incredibly consistent and delicious. You always include all the right pointers/instructions that a baker needs to make sure the product turns out right. I’ve made your scones, cookies, cakes, and all have been huge successes.

    I cannot wait to own your book!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Michelle, Thank you so much for this comment. It is such nice feedback, and I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes here. xx

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    Jordina
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I have never tried blood oranges before, seems like this cake will be the way I will finally try them 🙂 looks magnificient

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

      They are lovely!

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    Edlyn
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Such wonderful, wonderful news! Congratulations, Sarah. I love how you’ve written this announcement – it seems like you’re doing something so natural. I can’t wait to see what you so with all the wonderful talent you have! And please post excerpts (if not the whole) from the Nancy Drew meets Narnia meets SVH book. I am dying!

    And yes, let’s eat cake!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Edlyn! And, I’ll see what I can dig up from my box of junior high manuscripts, ha. xx

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    Hope
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Wow that’s amazing, congratulations x

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Hope!

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    Nik@ABrownTable
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I’m really happy for you, Sarah. I look forward to getting my hands on it, it’s going to be one amazing baking book to learn from!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you so much Nik! xx

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    Winnie
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I am so very happy to read this news…hip hip hooray is right!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Winnie! 🙂

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    Michelle @ Hummingbird High
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Congrats!!! I can’t wait for your cookbook. And the color of the frosting on this cake is EVERYTHING.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Michelle! And, I was so happy the color was so pretty, too. Blood oranges rule. xx

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    Renee Kemps
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:45 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s great news and definitely requires cake to celebrate it! Can’t wait for the book to be published and see all the recipes that you are now creating!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Renee!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This is thrilling news! Fantastic. And what a gorgeous cake to celebrate. I’m snapping up all the blood oranges (and meyer lemons too!) lately. I just can’t get enough and they will be gone too soon! Yeah! Congrats!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Liz! I’ve been buying piles of blood oranges, too! 🙂

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    Abby
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay!
    This is such wonderful news, Sarah… I can’t wait to see the finished book. It’s going to be just lovely.
    and…
    the photos in this post are perfection! 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much Abby! xx

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    Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thank you!

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    Emily
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    YAY!!!!!!!!! HUGE CONGRATS SARAH!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thank you Emily! 🙂

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    katie @ butterlust
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to add it to my collection!! I’m also not-so-secretly hoping you can somehow work in some of those Nancy Drew enters Narnia with Sweet Valley High make-out scenes. 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Thank you Katie! And, I’ll do my best, ha. 🙂

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    Kate
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Sarah, this is marvelous news! I can’t wait to see your cookbook. This cake is making me want to run out for dessert right this minute, so I can only imagine the cravings your cookbook will induce! Blood orange frosting, just brilliant.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Thank you so much Kate! And, wish we could grab a coffee together again. I hope you are well!

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    cynthia
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. The hugest congrats to you, Sarah!!!!!!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Cynthia! xx

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    Christine
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! What wonderful news!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Christine!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This is AMAZING news.. can’t wait to see the final product and get my hands on a copy. Lovely cake too!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Thank you Thalia! xx

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    Millie l Add A Little
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    How exciting yay!!!! This cake also looks beautiful – the frosting colour is just <3

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Thank you Millie! I love how the color turned out, too. 🙂

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    CONGRATS! I can’t wait to see it and I know it’s going to be gorgeous! xoxo

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thank you so much Abby! xx

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    Imen
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    this is EPIC epic news Sarah! Congratulations, I’ll be first in line to buy your book! And, will also wait patiently for the Nancy Drew/Sweet Valley High mashup follow up!! Xx

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Thank you Imen! I can’t wait for your book, either. And I’ll see what I can do about that second book, ha.

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    Kasey
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Sarah! I am SO thrilled for you. Hooray!! Also, my birthday cake plans for this weekend may have to dramatically change. This cake! I have gold sprinkles in my cupboard. Dare I say, it is meant to be? Sending you love.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Kasey! And I hope you like the cake. (happy birthday!!) xx

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    HIGH FIVE! This is so exciting!!! Congratulations Sarah, this is totally deserved. I genuinely cannot wait to see your book when it’s done. CANNOT. WAIT.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thank you so much, sweet Sarah! xx

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    Shanna Mallon
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Yessssss! About time! It’s going to be gorgeous!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Shanna! xx

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    Tieghan
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    SO exciting!! Congrats! 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Tieghan!

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    Meghan
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I am so so so excited for you! I have absolutely no doubt that it’s going to be beautiful. Congrats congrats congrats!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Meghan!

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    Sini
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Huge congrats, Sarah! It wasn’t but a few days ago when i wondered when you would write a cookbook. Not kidding! So crazy excited for you (and for me cause I can’t wait to get baking from it). xx

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Sini! You’re so sweet. And thank you! xx

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    anna @ annamayeveryday
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Looks divine and we have blood oranges in the shops right now!

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    anna @ annamayeveryday
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Sorry I meant to say congratulations too!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much Anna! 🙂

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    Oana
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Wow, what a beautiful cake! Love the pastel color of the frosting, makes it so delicate!
    Excited to learn about your cookbook. Congrats and have fun making it happen!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Oana!

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    thelittleloaf
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4:04 am

    YIPPEE!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this day and had an inkling a book would on the cards soon. It’s going to be so so so beautiful Sarah 🙂 xxx

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Kate! You’re so sweet. I can’t wait to see yours! xx

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    ALYCIA @ FOODBLOGIT
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:09 am

    blood orange!! that right there is amazing. this cake looks so good and you photos are beautiful! great post!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Alycia!

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    Lucie
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I’m so glad I just found your Instagram account by chance and clicked to reach you blog. Everything looks delicious and your pictures are poetries 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Lucie! 🙂

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    Lindsey |Mabel & the Wooden Spoon
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This is the BEST news. Congratulations!!!

    The cake is beautiful.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Lindsey!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I LOVE this news! Congrats, Sarah! I cannot wait to see it come together. 🙂

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Stephanie! xx

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    maya
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Such great news! Can’t wait… and I’m so excited for you!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Maya! Thank you so much. I still remember when you stopped by other little blog and gave such kind, helpful comments. They meant so much to me, and I’ve been a big fan of yours since. xx

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Doing a happy dance! Congrats Sarah! This is wonderful news!!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Thank you Brian! xx

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    yossy
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Many congrats!!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Thank you Yossy! I can’t wait to see yours! 🙂

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    naomi
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Oh, this is so fantastic! Congrats, Sarah! So well deserved and I can’t wait.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much Naomi! xx

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    Chanele Eichbauer
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Sarah, congrats! I can’t wait. Everything I try of yours, turns out fantastically. I would love to make this cake and noticed that you say to use three pans, but in the picture there’s only two layers? Is the batter enough for three pans or just two?

    Thanks!
    Chanele

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Chanele!
      I forgot to mention that; thanks. I have made it in two layers previous to this cake, and it does turn out, but the layers are a bit dense. I did make 3 layers for this cake, but only used two, and the other one was nibbled on by my kids, ha. I think it tastes better divided into three layers. I hope that helps. (also, thanks for the kind words!)

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    Saffron & Sun
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This blood orange frosting looks amazing!!

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you!

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    Heather
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    So happy for you. Congrats. xo

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    Marissa | Pinch and Swirl
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    So excited for you (and for me!) about your new book, Sarah. Congratulations! And this cake looks absolutely wonderful!

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    Jessica
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Congratulations on the book!!! So exciting 🙂 As soon as I saw the photo I knew I wanted to make this cake, and I didn’t even know what it was. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Kathryn
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Hip hip hooray! I can’t tell you how excited I am about your book new. I know it’s going to be a beauty and something I will turn to time and time again.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Yay!!! Congrats to you on your book! And please, pass a bowl of this frosting. 🙂

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    Dani | theloveofvanilla
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Congrats on the book 🙂 your photos are always so beautiful I can’t wait to see what the book will look like!

    Ooo I do love cake and I love blood orange anything. This sounds interesting and a must try! I haven’t made a cake in such a long time.. last one I made the magpies came in through the kitchen window and picked all the fruit off the top. I was too upset and disgusted to try and salvage it… Damn birds!

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    Lizzie
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Congratulation on the book. I just found your blog, but I am already dying to make some of the recipes. Your pictures are just amazing!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Writing and the photographing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very impressive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am smiling as I am being will here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Emma Galloway
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Yay the word is out!!! So incredibly happy for you my dear. Can. Not. Wait! Much love xx

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    Izy
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    oh my goodness!! Congratulations Sarah, that is such amazing news. I can’t wait to see it 🙂

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    Erika
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Wowowow congrats Sarah!!!! So looking forward to what is sure to be a PHENOMENAL cookbook! Loving the pink frosting on this delicious-sounding cake–that overhead photo of all the strong cut lines in the cake is just pure beauty!!

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    LoveCompassionateLee
    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations Sarah!

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    Shaheen
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Such AMAZING news. Can’t wait. Hopefully it’ll make its way to the UK soon as well. x

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    Sugar et al.
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Congratulations Sarah! Big fan of your work and I can’t wait to see the book The cake is so gorgeous!

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    Jennifer
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    My good friend just asked me to make this for her. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Kelsey M
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulations! How very exciting indeed!!

    A blood orange cake is the perfect way to celebrate!

    http://www.alittlerosemaryandtime.com

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    Clairie
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Oh my! The the combination of the pink frosting and gold sprinkles is just incredible, but your photos are even more tempting! I’m so happy that you will be photographing the entire cookbook! I think food photography is real art, and I’m in love with your sense of minimalism and soft tones. Honestly, if I was cooking, the result never looked so amazing – and definitely not on the pictures! I recently realized how important is how we see the food we are we eating, creative dining events like this helped me a lot: the combination of an ordinary place and professional cooks revealed that creating a dish that looks delicious is easier than I thought and it’s all about the small details… Pretty eye-opening! My favourite one is the third picture with the unusual composition!

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    Elizabeth
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Woooooo!!! Congrats Sarah! I look forward to that cookbook. The buttermilk and blood orange cake looks fantastic (as usual), a good way to celebrate indeed. 🙂

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    Cake Chocolate Cheese
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    You’re enamored with blood oranges, I’m enamored with buttermilk! I think buttermilk makes THE BEST cakes! I bet the blood orange frosting is to die for too. Congrats on the new book, I can’t wait to take a look at it.

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    Trisha
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:26 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! so amazing – cannot wait for your book. it is going to be awesome! x

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations! So deserved. You have so many fans that have been waiting patiently!

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    Gemma
    Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:58 am

    This frosting has a gorgeous pale pink shade! =) What a great way to naturally add color to your frosting.
    The cake is absolutely gorgeous, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

    xoxox

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    Alan Spedding ( cumbriafoodie )
    Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Buttermilk and blood orange….lovely combination. Im on the case this week.
    Thank you and hi from the UK.
    Alan ( cumbriafoodie )

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    violet
    Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I really love this cake the frosting looks so light and tasty! I will try this soon! congrats!

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    Kristan@the-broken-bread
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    wow! What wonderful and exciting news. I can only image how beautiful your book is going to be Sarah!! Congratulations !! I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on it when it comes out!! woo hoo.

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    Wesley Tyler
    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    this cakes icing is what drew me in, i cant wait to try this! I enjoyed your site, seems i am always looking at, cooking, or eating food of some sort! I just love food and cooking, i collect old cook books. Mostly southern, i own http://howtocooksouthern.com/ I try to focus on Southern Cooking, food history and Etc…. Wes :)>

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    Jessica Robinson
    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Sarah-
    I’m SO excited about your first cookbook. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing! (and absolutely gorgeous pics!!)

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    Blood Orange and White Chocolate Afghans | Cakes for Tuesday
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:03 am

    […] on the way home, still unsure what to do. Still no coconut milk, but blood oranges. I remembered Sarah Kieffer’s sublimely beautiful buttermilk cake, which I spotted while back home only to realise with a weird amount of sadness that it was […]

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    Gina
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Have you ever tried these as a cupcake? This looks amazing!

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    krystine
    Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Made this frosting last night for some birthday cupcakes and it turned out peeeeeerfect. Great recipe. Thank you!!

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    marcella
    Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I’have done it today,what a wonderful cake…
    I ‘d like do it again maybe with a little change in the flavour and colour as it will be on the end of may for the first communion of my son. I think I could bake it two days before and frostening it the day before keeping in the fridge or in the counter ???
    thank you
    Marcella

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      Sarah
      Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      I’m so glad you like the cake! I think the cake would be okay made a day before, but two days might make it a tiny bit stale.

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    Four New & Upcoming Books I’m Excited About | Eat Up, Buttercup
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    […] If you follow The Vanilla Bean Blog, you probably know that she’s working on a cookbook  as we speak. I’m really excited, but since it’s coming in 2016, there’s no pre-order info […]

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    Marie-Ève
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Hi! This looks sooo good! Is this recipe going to be part of your upcoming book?!

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    Buttermilk Cake with Blood Orange Frosting | CarrieDaway
    Friday, June 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    […] leftover from Halloween and my vanity overpowers my desire to be original. Consequently, check out The Vanilla Bean Blog for the original […]

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    July Desserts | CarrieDaway
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

    […] Buttermilk Cake with Blood Orange Frosting […]

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    10 Pretty Pink Cakes That Will Bring Joy to Your Life – Chiefcooking.com
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:13 am

    […] Buttermilk Cake with Blood Orange Frosting from The Vanilla Bean […]

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    Sarah
    Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! This sounds so good! The recipe doesn’t sound too complicated either, which is good for me. The cake also looks so pretty! I love the gold sprinkles that you put on it as well, it makes the cake look especially good.

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    Larissa
    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 4:24 am

    What a beautiful cake! It must taste amazing too, I can’t wait to give it a try this summer. I included a link to your recipe in my round-up of creative cakes: http://www.shopbox.com/blog/creative-cake-ideas-for-your-bakery 🙂

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    aubrey thompson
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    made this today for fun. I used 3 6 inch cakes and some muffin tins. came out beautiful. I also used a dark chocolate ganache in between the layers. thank you for the great recipe, will make again soon!

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