This got me to thinking of grapefruit recipe options. Which lead me to try making a grapefruit cake. This recipe is a glorified lemon cake meets not quite a pound cake.
Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup (one stick) butter at room temperature
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 eggs at room temperature
zest from 1 grapefruit
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup grapefruit juice, divided
1 cup whole milk at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoon grapefruit juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
Cream butter and 1 cup of the sugar in a stand mixer. Once fluffy add the eggs, one at a time, mixing completely between additions.
|And this is what one grapefruit's worth of zest looks like along with a naked grapefruit|
Add the grapefruit zest along with the second egg.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl combine 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, milk, and vanilla extract. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix to combine. While mixing add about 1/2 of the milk/juice mixture to the mixing bowl. Next add about 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix to combine. Mix in the remaining milk/juice mixture to the mixing bowl then the rest of the flour mixture.
Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pan.
Bake 50 - 60 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Make grapefruit syrup by adding the remaining 1/2 cup grapefruit juice and 1/4 sugar to small sauce pan. Heat over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
Once cake is done, remove from oven and let sit in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Pour the grapefruit syrup over the cake. You can poke small holes in the top of the cake with a skewer if you like before pouring the syrup on the cake.
Once the cake is completely cool make the glaze. Combine the confectioners sugar and grapefruit juice in a small bowl. Whisk until completely combined. Drizzle glaze over top of cake.
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