Saturday, February 8, 2014

Glazed Grapefruit Cake

Glazed Grapefruit Cake
So I went to Costco... any posts that begins that way is going to get interesting... and I was in the mood for produce. Costco had some great produce, including grapefruit. I would probably have been fine with just one grapefruit.  But I bought the 10 pound bag. I had one for breakfast and it was wonderful.  After I ate one, I looked at the bag.  There were a LOT of grapefruit left in that bag.
what to do with all that grapefruit - make a cake
My hubby just can't be persuaded to eat grapefruit which leaves a whole lot of grapefruit for me. Probably a few more than I can finish before they have "passed their prime".

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.
Grapefruit zest and naked grapefruit
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.
add the grapefruit zest
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.
cake ready to cook
Bake 50 - 60 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
ready for syrup and glaze
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.
Syrup and glaze on grapefruit cake

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  1. I'll have to admit that I am posting after you a MMM Linkup party and I like to read the post before me. I'll also have to admit that I thought, hmmm, grapefruit in a cake?? So, I read your post and liked the Cosco part but then the whole idea of grapefruit in a cake started to grow on my. Pineapple works, so why not grapefruit?! Tell you what, I'm about to pin this to Pinterest so I can find the recipe after I found some grapefruit. You convinced me!! I think it was the beautiful glaze making the cake look so yummy!! Have a wonderfully blessed day!!

    1. Judith, thank you for your comments! I was really surprised at how yummy this cake turned out to be. The grapefruit is not overwhelming but does have a lot more depth than lemon has. I think I should try this with pineapple too! Have a great day.

  2. What a delicious looking loaf, it sounds so flavorful, and looks so moist with all the glaze soaking into the cake! Wish I had a slice (or two!!!) for breakfast tomorrow morning!!!

  3. This looks so amazing!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. Wow, your cake loaf looks delicious. I can just taste the moistness. Thanks for linking up at Turn It Up Tuesday. We are so glad to have you share with us.

  5. This sounds and looks really tasty..........we love lemon cake and I am sure we would also love problem would be having enough grapefruit to use as my family loves grapefruit. I have never thought of making this kind of a cake and love the idea. Thank you. Gentle Joy

  6. wow looks good, mouth watering. Would love to try this and try again with pineapple :) We love costco but you can only buy what you can use or store or get creative with that is for sure!

  7. Looks so yummy! I've never tried Grapefruit cake!

  8. What a GREAT idea! Stopping by as co-host of Homemade link Party.

  9. I love grapefruits but never tried to put it into a cake. This looks great!! I'm definitely going to try this.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  10. That looks so yummy! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

  11. I love a new and different recipe and I must say your Grapefruit Cake is something I am going to try.

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  12. I like grapefruit but haven't tried it in cake before. It looks good! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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