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Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

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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.


Thursday 17th of March 2011

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.

A Canadian Foodie

Friday 11th of March 2011

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. :) Valerie

marla {family fresh cooking}

Wednesday 9th of March 2011

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


Tuesday 8th of March 2011

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

Heavenly Housewife

Monday 7th of March 2011

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