Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

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During our recent visit to southern California Nikki and I discovered not one but three beautiful pink grapefruit trees in the back yard of the house we were staying at.

Neither of us are big grapefruit eaters however the fruit was so appealing that we were determined to make something yummy out of it 🙂

What follows is a recipe for a yogurt cake which ended up to be a big hit with neighbours and guests. I encourage you to give it a try – it’s so moist and surprisingly light. Perfect spring or summer dessert.

Hope you enjoy it!


3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup raw sugar
Zest of 1 1/2 pink grapefruits
3 large organic eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Grapefruit Syrup
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 T granulated raw sugar

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. 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 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.

….and you are done….ENJOY 🙂

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