Friday, January 27, 2012

Grapefruit Pound Cake

Before heading back from Florida for Christmas, I was fortunate enough to take home two gigantic bags of grapefruit from my parents' tree in their backyard. I sent some over to a friend's house, we juiced a bunch for breakfast on 'second Christmas', sent some over to a family friend, and still had a bunch leftover. I set out to come up with some recipes to use them all up before they went bad...

We ended up making two different jams (recipes coming soon) and the pound cake featured below. And we still had a whole carafe of juice left!

Grapefruit Pound Cake

Cake Ingredients:

* 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
* 1 3/4 cups sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 5 eggs, room temp
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temp
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 3 tablespoons grapefruit zest
* 1/4 cup grapefruit juice (fresh is best)
* Baking spray

Glaze Ingredients:
* 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
* 2 teaspoons grapefruit zest (plus more for garnish)
* 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice

Cake Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray bread pan generously with baking spray.
2) Beat together the butter, sugar, and grapefruit zest/juice.
3) Add eggs one at a time, mixing completely after each addition.
4) Next, alternate adding the salt/flour and cream/vanilla, making sure the wet ingredients are the last addition.
5) Bake for about 1.5 hours - remove from oven once toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
6) Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Glaze/Assembly Directions:
1) Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.
2) Spoon over cooled pound cake and garnish with additional zest.


1) I used a regular sized bread cake pan, and whereas the cake did not overflow, it was a touch too high. I would suggest either using a longer bread pan, or leaving a little batter out before baking.

2) The cake only had a smidge of grapefruit flavor, so if you want it to be stronger, I would suggest two things:
a. Add an extra tablespoon or so of zest to the batter.
b. In a pan on medium heat, reduce about a cup to a cup and a half of grapefruit juice down to the 1/4 required for the recipe.


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  1. This sounds so good... :) Stopping by from TT&J.

  2. I pinned this recipe so I can try is sometime soon.

  3. Just read about grapefruits being in season and bought a couple yesterday not really knowing what I was going to do with them, but this is perfect!!! Thanks for the great recipe, can't wait to try it out! Just found your blog, excited to be your newest follower! Cheers!

    1. You're welcome Elena! My BIL, who claimed he hated pound cake, was the one that ate all but two slices of this one. It's dangerously good!

  4. Sounds super yummy! I love grapefruits. I love pound cake. Seems like the perfect combination. I'll be featuring this tomorrow at I Made It! Monday, so be sure and grab a button when you link up a new project!

    1. Thanks, Amanda! :) I'll be sure to stop by and grab a button, and I have a bunch of other recipes to link up as well. Thanks again! :)