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Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake Recipe

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake Recipe

Last week we had our good friend over to celebrate his birthday.  Josh cooked the creamy lemon chicken dinner by himself, so I offered to make dessert. I  baked a cake to keep things traditional.

We love citrus fruits-especially when they come in dessert form:) We usually do lemon or lime cakes, but we had an abundance of pink grapefruit in the refrigerator (it was on sale 8 for $1-score) so this time I created a pink grapefruit cake.  I wanted the cake to have a strong grapefruit “punch” so I added a good amount of grapefruit zest into the cake. For the best results, rub the zest with the granulated sugar before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. The grapefruit scent really comes alive when you do this.

I wanted the cake to be really moist-I hate dry cake, so I used homemade Greek yogurt and canola oil. I didn’t even need a mixer for this cake, it was so easy to put together. I poured the batter into a 9 inch round cake pan and baked it for 25 minutes. I am not a big frosting person, but wanted to top the cake off with something special, so I made a grapefruit syrup and glaze to intensify the flavors. The syrup seeped into the cake, locking in the grapefuity goodness! The glaze made the cake shine like the sun on a hot summer day.

I was a little worried this cake would be too “girly” for the guys, but they loved it! The grapefruit flavor wasn’t too tart, it was just right. This grapefruit cake is perfect for any celebration.I think it would be perfect for a baby or bridal shower. I plan on making this cake again and again!

Thanks for all of your concern about my neck. I am feeling much better, not 100%, but better. I was able to run on Saturday, it felt great to be up and moving. Have a great Monday!

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake


3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 1/2 pink grapefruits
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil

Grapefruit Syrup
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 T granulated 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 too. 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 tester comes out clean and the 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.

If you like this cake, you might also enjoy:

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Coconut Lime Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Three Citrus Bundt Cake from Becks & Posh
Gluten Free Orange Cake from Elana’s Pantry
Lemon Drenched Lemon Cake from Joy the Baker

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118 Responses to “Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake Recipe”

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  1. Rosa — March 1, 2010 @ 5:13 am

    That cake looks very smooth and delicious!



  2. SnoWhite — March 1, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    awesome! I love grapefruit and am always looking for ways to enjoy it as a dessert 😉

  3. Natashya — March 1, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    Yum – I love pink grapefruit – this looks delicious! Glad you are feeling better.

  4. Just dreamy! I love the sound of this cake. I have never used grapefruit in baking, lovely twist. Great addition with the yogurt. So happy to hear your neck is almost all better :)

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 1, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    LOVE grapefruit so I am all over this. It sounds amazing!

  6. sugarlens — March 1, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    8 for $1? That’s an incredible good price. The cake looks so moist, yum!

  7. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — March 1, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    That cake looks fantastic..I can almost smell the citrus 😉 I need to go find some grapefruit now!

  8. snookydoodle — March 1, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    I d love to try this cake . Looks so simple and yet so sophisticated :)

  9. kat — March 1, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    What a great use for grapefruit!

  10. Tori — March 1, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    This sounds divine. I can’t wait to try it.

  11. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 1, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    This cake looks lovely! I love grapefruit, and your cake looks so flavorful and moist. Yum!

  12. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — March 1, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    This looks wonderful. I love the flavor of grapefruit and have been wanting to find more recipes for the fruit. Usually I just eat it and it’s great like that. I love the idea of grapefruit cake!

  13. ErinsFoodFiles — March 1, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Your photos are to die for! This cake is very similiar to the one I made, and I’m sure yours was divine!

  14. HoneyB — March 1, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    your cake looks delicious!

  15. Barbara Bakes — March 1, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    This looks so moist and tasty! It very much reminds me of your delicious coconut lime cake!

  16. dawn — March 1, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    I love this Maria!

  17. Bonnie Barker — March 1, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    This looks so refreshing. I have some greek yogurt in the fridge. This cake is on my list of things to make today.

  18. Angie — March 1, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    What a beautiful and tasty cake! Could I make this with my vanilla greek yogurt?

  19. Sarah — March 1, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    I love pink grapefruit. So fresh and clean. This cake sounds perfect.

  20. twopeas — March 1, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Angie-yes, you can use vanilla yogurt. I put vanilla extract in the cake so I think it will compliment it nicely:)

    Thanks everyone! Enjoy the cake:)

  21. bellini valli — March 1, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    I just love citrus in cake. This reminds me of my all time favourite with the same texture olive oil cake.

  22. Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 1, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful!!

    I love yogurt cakes. To me they always come out so moist!

  23. Laurie — March 1, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    This yogurt cake looks delicious, I have never baked.. or cooked with grapefruit. What a brilliant application for it!

  24. teresa — March 1, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    brilliant! i’ve been dying to try a baked good with grapefruit for some time now. loves it!

  25. Elle — March 1, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    Sp pretty! I love the trick of rubbing the zest into the sugar. :)

  26. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — March 1, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Yum! Sounds wonderful! Love your pics, too! Very cute!

  27. RJ Flamingo — March 1, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    This sounds fabulous! Been waiting for you to post it since you tweeted about it, last week. Think I’ll just suck this into my repertoire – perfect for Florida, or people who wish they were here! :-))

  28. Katie@ Cozydelicious — March 1, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    Thanks for the tip about rubbing the zest with the sugar! This looks wonderful. I have a whole bag of grapefruit in my fridge right now too so I’m going to have to try this cake. I wonder how it might work out as cupcakes? We’ll see!

  29. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — March 1, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    This sounds delicious, it looks so moist from the picture too!

  30. Traci — March 1, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    Delicious! Did you use Oikos, or does any brand of greek yogurt work?

    • twopeas replied: — March 1st, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

      Traci-I used homemade yogurt, recipe is on our blog-look at the recipe index under breakfast/brunch. Oikos would work fine too though!

  31. The Purple Foodie — March 1, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    OOOOHH MYY! I love how amazing this looks. I’ve been sving my pink grapefruits to make something when I get a little time. I think this might just be it!

  32. grace — March 1, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    i’m a new grapefruit fan, and i wish it’d go on sale here! your cake looks fluffy and appropriately moist, although i love what the glaze must add to it. very nice!

  33. Amanda — March 1, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Great job!! This sounds great…and it sounds like it smells great too! 😉

  34. Kristen @ Change of Pace — March 1, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    What an amazing summertime cake! So refreshing! I’ve got to try it :)

  35. Teanna — March 1, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    Citrus all around! It’s so nice to lighten up desserts after a long, heavy winter! That cake looks delicious!

  36. beth — March 1, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I love these cakes. You need to get hold of some Bergamot and try it with that

  37. Angie — March 1, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    Oh my…that looks SO incredibly good! I LOVE grapefruit, so I may have to try this one, and soon :). Thanks for sharing :).

  38. FoodTravelDiva — March 1, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    What an interesting sounding cake. Definitely one I would want to try. It looks very moist and light as well. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Kristin — March 1, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    how innovative! sounds delicious :-)

  40. Shannon — March 1, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    i’ve been meaning to make something like this, it sounds perfect!

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