Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I have family coming into town for Easter weekend. YAY!  Honestly, I’m barely keeping it together. There are field trips this week, school things, work obligations, half days, taxes to complete, photos to take & recipes to make all before I have time to even think about our Easter Brunch and shopping for that. I’m not complaining. Life is just full at the moment. When I make it through this week, I will have legit super powers. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Maybe I should take this time to think about Easter Brunch.

Let’s kill two birds with one stone. Stream of consciousness begins NOW:

Things I’m thinking of making…. Well- I think I want to make something with asparagus. I could make these Egg & Asparagus Gratins… an Asparagus Soup with some type of panini…OR I could make this& Asparagus Pizza/Flatbread with eggs on top?  It would be kinda of like a breakfast pizza. But then my brother-in-law doesn’t like fried eggs and he’s gonna give me a hard time about that even though I’m feeding him. Perhaps I should just make scrambled eggs or a fritatta. Oh! A fritatta would be fun.  That way I can make it ahead of time and serve it at room temperature.  I was also thinking that it would be fun to do a Honey Glazed Baked Ham with Crispy Smashed Potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a blueberry muffin situation.  Maybe I’ll throw in a fancy salad for the ladies. No scrambled eggs. Just fritatta. Ok we got this.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

OH! And I’m also going to make this Grapefruit Yogurt Cake the night before because we need a nice breakfast treat with coffee before we get to brunching (we’re having a weekend sleepover thing happening).  So this cake will be an appetizer.  Cake as appetizer.

That should be a thing.

Let’s definitely make that a thing.

Let’s gather our ingredients:

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Deep breath. We are about to make your kitchen smell wonderful.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Zest the grapefruit.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Grapefruit zest meets sugar. It makes even more potent!

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Wet ingredients.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Dry ingredients mix with yogurt. We reserve a little yogurt for the glaze.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hey batter batter.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Batter goes into a parchment lined/oiled baking pan.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

BAKED! We poke the top with a few little holes because we are going to baste with grapefruit juice and we want a cake that’s yummy in every section.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Get in there.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

We now make glaze.

 

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Yogurt, grapefruit juice & confectioner’s sugar.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Whisk whisk whisk.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

GLAAAAAAZE.  Insert Homer Simpson voice here ___________.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hello there…

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let me slice you up.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cooper told me that this tasted like a lemon cake doughnut.

This Grapefruit Yogurt Cake tastes like a citrus crumb doughnut. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

He’s not wrong. Well…except that it’s grapefruit. I don’t think he’s ever had grapefruit.

Until now.

For more grapefruit recipes, check out:

 

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

makes 1 loaf

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for glaze
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated grapefruit zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 8 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice, divided
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8½x4½” loaf pan, preferably metal, with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the long sides, and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, and ¾ tsp. salt in a medium bowl.

Using your fingers, work grapefruit zest into granulated sugar in a large bowl until sugar starts to clump and mixture is very fragrant, about 1 minute. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until light and thick, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and mix in half of dry ingredients, then mix in ¾ cup yogurt. Mix in remaining dry ingredients followed by 5 Tbsp. grapefruit juice. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

Bake cake until top is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50–60 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Poke holes in top of cake and brush remaining 3 Tbsp. grapefruit juice over top. Let sit 15 minutes, then run a knife around sides to loosen and use parchment paper to lift cake out of pan and onto rack. Remove parchment and let cool completely.

Whisk powdered sugar, remaining 1 Tbsp. yogurt, 1 tsp. water, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl until smooth and drizzle over cake. Let sit until glaze is set, about 30 minutes.

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  • Amber Harding

    It does taste like a lemon cake doughnut! Lovely!

  • Vivian | Stay Alive and Cooking

    Of course you have those superpowers! We all know our busy days, it’s not what we do but how we do it. And I’m sure that as you’re sitting down for brunch on Sunday you’ll be so proud 🙂
    Cake as appetizer sounds like a proper idea. And I love the glaze on this cake!

  • Lori

    Both looks beautiful and sounds delicious! Good luck with your full week 🙂

  • Mallory@forkvsspoon

    Cake as an appetizer…now we are talking. Love citrus cakes and this one looks so good. Good luck with Easter Brunch – you got this!!

  • Katrina

    Holy busy girl!!! And with it all, somehow you still manage to come out with a new recipe. This cake sounds awesome!! I never seem to bake with grapefruit and this needs to change!

  • mary

    LOVE this post today! Happy Easter weekend, Tracy!

  • Ashley

    Om nom nom. I’ve been looking forward to this recipe since you teased it in your photos. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Caroline

    This looks great! Can you explain why a metal pan is preferable? I only have a glass pan, should I switch it out for a metal one?

  • India

    That loaf is perfection. I am SO impressed! Can’t wait to make it.

  • Ellie | Hungry by Nature

    I looooove that glaze dripping down the side. Seriously making my mouth water! And cake as an appetizer… you’re a trailblazer Tracy and I’m SO into it,

  • Ashlyn @ The Pedantic Foodie

    Cake is the best kind of appetizer. I love everything about this recipe!!

  • Gaby Dalkin

    I’m totally joining the cake as an appetizer party!

  • Kari

    This looks delicious! Love the idea of adding grapefruit!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Samantha

    Just prepared this and it’s in the oven right now! 🙂 Sooo excited. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jamie

    And it’s so pretty, too. = )

  • Laura

    I think I need to make this the night before Easter as well! Would you recommend glazing the night before or morning of?

  • Jean

    Just made this with blood oranges instead of the grapefruit and used juice instead of water in the glaze. Not only is it a perfect Easter hue but it’s delicious. Win win! Thanks, Tracy. Good luck with all you’ve got going on and enjoy the holiday weekend!

  • Emily

    Made this cake today! I subbed Nancy’s full fat plain yogurt for the Greek yogurt and it was absolutely perfect!! This recipe is a keeper for any time I have an extra grapefruit and want delicious cake!

  • Megan

    I made this last night..added coconut and white chocolate chips.. (Don’t judge!) Oh my, it is like a delicious cake donut. I even went without the glaze, and it was still heavenly. If only I can get my husband to try grapefruit again after his parents put him on a cruel childhood grapefruit diet…I..can’t…even.

  • Julia

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Bonnie

    Approx how many grapefruits should I buy to get the necessary juice/zest?

  • Vedjen

    Made this for Easter and it was a total hit with adults and kids. Thank you!

  • Amy

    This cake was a hit yesterday – everyone from ages 70 -4 loved it!

  • Meg

    Reading this at work was not a good idea. I am now DESPERATE for a piece – looks brilliant! I can’t wait to give it a try at home xx

  • Christina

    I don’t normally comment if I’ve made significant changes to a recipe, but I feel like the world needs to know that if you swirl in lemon curd and bake it in an 8×8 pan…you might eat (practically) the whole thing in about 3 days. This was seriously the best thing I’ve made in a while.

    I should say I didn’t baste the cake since the lemon curd had it pretty moist already, so I just used my leftover grapefruit juice for a cocktail. So basically I won on all fronts.

  • Kristin P

    The kids helped me make this tonight and it was a hit with them and the grandparents. Grandma lives in the middle of nowhere so we had to sub sour cream for the greek yogurt but it worked out fine. Yummy and citrusy!

  • Meredith

    Thinking about making this in the baked donut pan. Would you adjust the length of time you bake them? Sounds delicious!

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  • Ella

    This loaf is always such a hit. It has become a regular in my baking rotation. Wanted to say thank you!

  • Eleni

    I made it yesterday evening and it was a great success! One piece left for my afternoon coffee! thank you!

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