A couple weeks ago I had a huge craving for grapefruit. So I gladly bought a bag and took it home. I ate a couple and then the craving was over. Then I saw the rest of the grapefruit. Sitting there in my fruit bowl…what would I do with them? I certainly didn’t want them to go bad. So I got online and started looking for recipes with grapefruit. Believe it or not – it’s not really that popular. Sure, I found a lot of sorbet and granita recipes but I wanted a real baked dessert. Finally I stumbled upon a lovely little recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.
I set out to make the cake and it turned out lovely. The use of yogurt and oil kept the cake nice and moist and the grapefruit added a nice citrus boost. I found the grapefruit to be subtle but delicious. Not overpowering like some citrus cakes.
Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 1/2 pink grapefruits
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil
For Grapefruit Syrup:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 T granulated sugar
For Grapefruit Glaze:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2-3 T freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Source: Two Peas and Their Pod
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Dust lightly with flour too. Set pan aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, add the grapefruit zest to the sugar. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, sugar, and zest with large spoon or spatula. Whisk in the eggs-you can do all three at once. Mix until smooth and then add in the vanilla and stir again.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix just until flour is incorporated.
Add the oil and mix well. It might take a minute to get the oil mixed in, but it will.
Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
Cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes and then remove from the pan. While the cake is cooling make the syrup and glaze.
For the syrup, in a small sauce pan add the grapefruit juice and sugar. Whisk over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
For the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and grapefruit juice. If it is too thick, add more juice, if it is too runny, add more sugar.
Poke little holes into the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the grapefruit syrup over the cake and let it soak in. Let the cake cool to room temperature and then add the glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cake.