March 3, 2011

grapefruit honey yogurt cake

Don't run away screaming from the title - this cake is so delicious and different. I have about 47 grapefruits in my kitchen right now and wanted to figure out an interesting way to use them, so I baked a grapefruit cake.

It really is the best solution for an abundance of fruit in your house. I mean, forget about just eating it plain to get full nutritional value or beating it up in a blender to make smoothies. Add flour, sugar, eggs and bake this cake.

I'm just kidding. I love smoothies.

There is no oil or butter in this recipe and hardly any sugar. You can totally feel good about eating this - it's loaded with yogurt and grapefruit juice.

It was so fragrant in the kitchen while I was baking. Such a beautiful, fresh scent to enjoy while drooling over this cake batter.

Zest a whole grapefruit, being careful to avoid the bitter white part.

Pour sugar over the zest and mash it up with a spoon or your hands until the oils in the zest break up into the sugar. Now you magically have grapefruit sugar!

Grapefruit sugar can be used for many things. Things like... okay... I can't think of anything right now. But I'm sure it could be useful, right?

Well we are going to use it in this cake.

After it bakes, let it cool for 10 minutes or so. It's a different texture, slightly chewy like a sponge cake. I drizzled some honey over my slice to add some sweetness.

It isn't very sweet, so if you're looking for sweet fried dough pastry muffin covered in sweet syrupy maple glaze - this is not the cake for you. But if you want to try something different, light and fresh - take a few minutes to bake this grapefruit honey yogurt cake.

Here's the recipe!

Grapefruit Honey Yogurt Cake

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2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light vanilla yogurt (about 2 little containers)
2 tablespoons grapefruit zest
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 square baking dish and line with wax or parchment paper. On a cutting board, mash together grapefruit zest and sugar until combined, releasing its oils and becoming very fragrant.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and grapefruit sugar until combined. Add yogurt, grapefruit juice and honey. Stir well to combine. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, carefully stirring to combine.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a wooden skewer comes out clean with a few crumbs. Run a knife around the edge to release the cake and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with honey for extra sweetness.


  1. Oh honey, this looks ridiculously good. I can't wait to try it :)

  2. Wow, this looks sooo good, Jenna. I love how light and fluffy it looks! favorite cake texture. But I'm curious why you have so many grapefruits??
    P.S. If you used your new lights in those looks amazing!!!

  3. Hey Amy! Thanks :)

    It's definitely light, but it is a bit chewy like sponge cake. Different texture, that's for sure! I liked it a lot.

    I did use the new lights!! I am in love with them.

    And I definitely do not have 47 grapefruits, I exaggerate all the time. I do have a lot though. Michael bought into a fund raiser at our local high school and got a HUGE box of grapefruits from Florida. I have been enjoying them every day, but there are so many! We are resorting to finding new uses for them. Like cake.

  4. jenna, this has been officially bookmarked. this is my kind of cake. except i'll have to veganize it. :)

  5. You exaggerate a little? No....

    This looks so fresh! Mmmmm

  6. This looks delicious! I love the idea of grapefruit sugar, and I love the combination of grapefruit and honey. Also, I love cake in all forms, therefore, you have made my day.

  7. oh wow! Grapefruit!! I love it!! Looks amazing...I will have to pick up some grapefruits and give it a try. :)

  8. What an inspiring recipe - this cake sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Stumbled upon this food blog today, saw this recipe and was eerily reminded of your post!

  10. Amazing Grapefruit cake? I should try this! Thanks for sharing your recipe!