Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with Grapefruit Glaze


Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with a Grapefruit Glaze | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I hope that everyone had a good weekend.  We had a gorgeous Saturday, followed by a cold and windy Sunday.  We thought about going up to the mountains, but with the weather decided to stay home.  It was good to be able to get some stuff around the house done that has been over looked, because we had guests the last two weekends.  The birthday boy suggested we watch a movie and have popcorn on Sunday afternoon.  The movie he picked…..Michael Jackson’s This is It.  The kid is a huge Michael Jackson fan.  Plus with hockey playoffs being on pretty much 24/7 (at least it seems that way to me), our weekend was full.

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake w/ a Grapefruit Glaze from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I have done more this spring with citrus, than I think I have ever done before.  I have done Lemon Bars, Lemony Greek Easter Cookies, Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes, and I made our favorite Key Lime Pie for Easter dessert.  I might have a problem, hopefully this isn’t a problem for you.  I did make an over the top brownie the other day that is coming soon, so there is still chocolate coming!  I just love how light and bright citrus desserts are in the spring.

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with a Grapefruit Glaze - sweet and tart and perfect for spring

Last week I ended up with a grapefruit in the house.  We aren’t fans of just eating grapefruit, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.    I almost just tossed it right away, but for some reason, I held on to it.  I am so glad I did too, because this cake was so good.  It was moist, sweet, a little bit tart, with just a hint of grapefruit.  I may not enjoy grapefruit on its own, but I loved it in this cake.  The glaze is a simple combination of powdered sugar and a little grapefruit juice.  You could totally omit this from the cake, but I am not sure why you would!

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with Grapefruit Glaze

Yields 10

Perfectly sweet and slightly tart for spring.

15 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest from 1 grapefruit
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Glaze
  • 2 Tbls freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Approx 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together yogurt, sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla, coconut oil and grapefruit juice. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring until well combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes; until a tester comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  6. To prepare glaze mix together juice and sugar until desired consistency. Add more sugar if necessary.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, remove from pan, and top with glaze.


Adapted from Ina Garten



  1. Mmm grapefruit! One of my favorites! I need this cake. Immediately.

  2. This cake looks fantastic! Grapefruit is my favorite citrus so I know I would love this cake!

  3. Grapefruit? Totally fabulous, Darling. I love cake with yogurt in it, but having grapefruit as the citrus driver—very very nice. It’s a cheery looking loaf also. I don’t know why seeing grapefruit makes me feel springy, but it does. And that’s a good feeling.

  4. Sounds like a great birthday weekend. What a great idea to use grapefruit in this delicious cake – delicious!

  5. My thoughts were I adore the lemon cake slices at Starbucks
    and love grapefruit so why not…….
    OMG this is divine, although have to tell you I only zested 1/2 the grapefruit

  6. Sumptuous that’s all I can say
    only zested 1/2 the grapefruit
    Better than Starbucks Lemon Loaf


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