Grapefruit Vanilla Cake

Looking for a unique cake to serve at the next bridal shower, night in with friends, or even just a family dinner? This zesty grapefruit vanilla cake is bursting with mouthwatering flavor and luscious texture! This unique twist on lemon poppy seed cake is sure to please even the most dedicated dessert traditionalists. With just the right amount of smooth vanilla to balance the bright flavors of grapefruit, this cake is the perfect kind of sweet. Everyday ingredients make this cake a cinch to whip up.

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Grapefruit Vanilla Cake

Looking for a unique cake to serve at the next bridal shower, night in with friends, or even just a family dinner? This zesty grapefruit vanilla cake is bursting with mouthwatering flavor and luscious texture! This unique twist on lemon poppy seed cake is sure to please even the most dedicated dessert traditionalists. With just the right amount of smooth vanilla to balance the bright flavors of grapefruit, this cake is the perfect kind of sweet.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 353kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • Edible flowers, optional

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. grapefruit juice, you can add a bit more or less depending on how firm you’d like the icing
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Butter and flour a bundt cake pan.
  • In a bowl, combine grapefruit zest and sugar and rub with your fingers until it looks like wet sand.
  • Whisk in buttermilk, vanilla, grapefruit juice and eggs. Whisk until it’s very smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla powder and salt. Add dry ingredients into the batter, then pour in oil and poppy seeds. Mix carefully until smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, about 1 hour. Let it sit and cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the grapefruit juice and vanilla and whisk until you get a soft cream (you can add a bit more or less grapefruit juice depending on how thick you like the icing).
  • Pour the icing over the cake and decorate with edible flowers.
Nutrition Facts
Grapefruit Vanilla Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Sugars 28g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate.
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Frosted in simple, elegant white icing that delivers just the right hint of citrusy flavor and decorated with beautiful, edible flowers, this grapefruit vanilla cake looks like it took hours to make. Tiny poppy seeds add delicate texture to each bite. From simplicity to flavor to texture, this dessert if full of surprises, and is the perfect blend of complimentary tastes and features. You and your guests will be glad you gave it a try!

What did you think of this unique bundt cake? If you gave it a try, let us know in the comments!

Looking for dinner ideas? Try our Beef Tenderloin with Bourbon & Mushroom Sauce

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Joss is a home cook who enjoys cooking day in and day out for her family. Ever since she was a child, she had a passion for cooking and baking and knew it was the right path for her! She joins us on ‘In the Kitch’ to share with you some of her favorite recipes.

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