Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake


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


For 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


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.

25 Responses to “Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake”

  1. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — March 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Yes, please.

  2. #
    Winnie — March 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Yum! I’ve made a similar cake with Meyer lemons and it is one of my favorites!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, my! This sounds wonderful. I love pink grapefruit so I just know this cake will be perfect for me.

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    Joanne — March 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I love grapefruit and like to think I really could eat one a day indefinitely and not get bored…but that’s probably stretching it. This cake sounds delicious for when I have some around but just can’t bring myself to eat it!

  5. #
    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — March 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Oh yum this looks delicious. Great photography too 🙂

  6. #
    Erica — March 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    ow! I bet this is perfect. Citrus + cake is so good. And I love the use of Greek yogurt

  7. #
    Mimi — March 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Looks delicious. I have a grapefruit tree and I’m always on the look out for recipes that use them.

  8. #
    Katrina — March 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    That looks simply delicious, Brandy!

  9. #
    rebecca — March 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    wow great idea to use grapefruit like this yum thanks for the comments on my last post your so sweet hugs


  10. #
    Shelby — March 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    This looks so good and oh my goodness what I wouldn’t do for a piece of this right now.

  11. #
    Amanda — March 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Ohhh! I bet this is delish!!!

  12. #
    Katerina — March 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I have never tried making cake with grapefruit. That’s an excellent idea!

  13. #
    Barbara — March 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love this! I eat half a grapefruit every morning….can’t wait to make this cake!

  14. #
    Amanda — March 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, this sounds divine! Grapefruit isn’t a flavor I would have ever thought to put in a cake, but YUM!!

  15. #
    Heather @girlichef — March 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Okay, the universe is speaking to me. I have seen so many different versions of luscious cake soaked in beautiful citrus…and I can stand it no longer. I must make one!! Love your grapefruit variety…it sounds so awesome and sunny 🙂

  16. #
    Marcy — March 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This sounds great….A new way to eat grapefruit…I like it…..Keep up the great recipes.. I love them all…..

  17. #
    megan — March 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    What a great recipe to use up that grapefruit. It sounds great!

  18. #
    grace — March 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    yum! i’m among those who’ve never used grapefruit in a baked good, but i think it sounds much better than any ol’ lemon concoction! 🙂

  19. #
    Velva — March 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    What a creative way to use grapefruit. No doubt the citrus added moisture and notched-up flavor of mild citrus in your cake. Awesome.


  20. #
    5 Star Foodie — March 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I love that you use grapefruit in the cake and syrup and the glaze, sounds amazing!

  21. #
    Heavenly Housewife — March 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Oh this sounds just wonderful, and looks so pretty! This could totally chase away what’s left of the winter gloom!!
    *kisses* HH

  22. #
    thetalkingspoon — March 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I’m going to make this lovely cake this weekend. This sounds heavenly.

  23. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — March 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I have had it on my mind to make a grapefruit cake and here it is! Must try this gorgeous recipe.

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    A Canadian Foodie — March 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I am enchanted by the simplicity and subtle pink glow of this cake. I can almost sense it’s aroma and moist texture. I must try it!
    I haven’t posted for over 2 weeks which is a first to me in three years, I think. I have been knee deep in the throws of planning a local food conference with our local slow food convivia. Great work. Time well spent, but I miss cooking, writing, reading and YOU!
    I will catch up soon, I hope.

  25. #
    thetalkingspoon — March 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    OMG! This cake was fabulous!! I will be making this again. The first time I tried it (first slice) I ended up eating 2 more. Thanks for the idea.

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