Grapefruit Yogurt Loaf Cake Recipe

Grapefruit Yogurt Loaf Cake Recipe

I was never really a fan of grapefruit. Something about it being way too sour; beyond “tart” as most describe it. Yet February was National Grapefruit Month & I was determined to include it in a recipe & actually enjoy it. sidenote: all these “National ___ Days/Weeks/Months” make my job as a food blogger very easy. Just looking at a calendar I immediately am guided on what I should be making. So thank you to whoever you are, making up all of these ridiculous & delicious holidays!

Still on my quest to make grapefruit more enjoyable I started brainstorming ingredients that could bring out the sweetness. My first & most obvious ingredient choice was sugar. A lot of times I’ll opt for honey or an organic sweetener to make a dessert recipe just that little bit healthier but with the acidity in grapefruit I figured just go for the real stuff: granulated sugar. Mixing that with a bit of water to create, you guessed it, sugar water, I then soaked the grapefruit in the water until it resulted in a sort of candied fruit. Definitely cutting the sourness of the grapefruit I was so surprised with how simple the candying process was. This is certainly a technique I’ll be using with some of my other favorite fruits: lemons, blood oranges, clementines, maybe even a sweeter fruit such as apple slices!

As for the cake itself, you can easily swap out the zest & juice for any other fruit you’d like (lemons would be a safe & delicious choice). The loaf cake is one of my favorite recipe to date. So moist & full of creamy flavor on the inside while golden brown on the sides. This is definitely one of those recipe that if properly stored (on a plate with tin foil completely covering it or in a sealed container) can stay perfectly fresh over an entire week. I found I preferred it a day after as opposed to the day of since the flavors of the candied grapefruit & icing were truly able to sink into the cake.

Grapefruit Candy Cake


  • for the cake:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1¼ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • zest of 1 red grapefruit
  • pinch of salt
  • for the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • pink food coloring
  • for the slices:
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced
  • ½ water
  • ¾ cup sugar

Head over to Public Lives, Secret Recipes for the full instructions on how to create this cake yourself!

Grapefruit Loaf Cake

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