Grapefruit Bundt Cake Recipe

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As a child, I used to eat grapefruit topped with sugar. 

To be honest, it was more sugar than grapefruit. I was not grapefruit’s biggest fan but I was a kid and had to eat it so I made sure to add a lot of sugar to it. 

As an adult, I thought I would give grapefruit another try. 

I discovered that I still didn’t like it, so I decided to incorporate the grapefruit that I had leftover in a recipe so that it didn’t go to waste.

Since I love cake I decided to incorporate the grapefruit into a bundt cake. 

This is an easy recipe that uses simple ingredients however this recipe does take a few hours to complete because of the multiple steps and the cooling of the cake. 

Grapefruit Bundt Cake Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 2/3 cups of sugar
  • Zest of 1 large grapefruit
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/3 cup of sugar

For the Cake Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • Zest for garnish

There are 3 steps to making this Grapefruit Bundt Cake. They are easy steps but can be time-consuming since you have to wait for the cake to cool before you complete the last 2 steps.  

Bundt Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease your bundt cake pan (butter and coat with flour, shake off excess)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar and grapefruit zest.
  • Rub the mixture together with your hands for 1-2 minutes, until evenly-combined
  • Add the eggs and stir for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is thick and creamy 
  • Beat in the milk, followed by the oil and the vanilla. 
  • Add the dry ingredients, and stir until combined
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean
  • Let the cake cool for 20-25 minutes on a wire rack, then invert the pan onto a cake plate and allow to cool completely

Grapefruit Syrup:

  • Combine the grapefruit juice and sugar in a small saucepan
  • Simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • After the cake has cooled and inverted, prick the top all over with a toothpick, then generously spoon over the syrup (make your toothpick pricks a bit sizeable to help the liquid seep through to the cake)

Cake Glaze:

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and grapefruit juice
  • Begin with 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice- add a small amount at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency
  • Pour 1/2 of the glaze over the cake
  • Reserve the additional glaze for later use if needed
  • Sprinkle with additional zest if desired, and serve


Grapefruit Bundt Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 2/3 cups of sugar
  • Zest of 1 large grapefruit
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • For the Cake Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • Zest for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bundt Cake:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  3. Grease your bundt cake pan (butter and coat with flour, shake off excess)
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt
  5. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and grapefruit zest.
  6. Rub the mixture together with your hands for 1-2 minutes, until evenly-combined
  7. Add the eggs and stir for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is thick and creamy 
  8. Beat in the milk, followed by the oil and the vanilla. 
  9. Add the dry ingredients, and stir until combined
  10. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan
  11. Bake for 55-60 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean
  12. Let the cake cool for 20-25 minutes on a wire rack, then invert the pan onto a cake plate and allow to cool completely
  13. Grapefruit Syrup:
  14. Combine the grapefruit juice and sugar in a small saucepan
  15. Simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes
  16. After the cake has cooled and inverted, prick the top all over with a toothpick, then generously spoon over the syrup (make your toothpick pricks a bit sizeable to help the liquid seep through to the cake)
  17. Cake Glaze:
  18. Whisk together the powdered sugar and grapefruit juice
  19. Begin with 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice- add a small amount at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency
  20. Pour 1/2 of the glaze over the cake
  21. Reserve the additional glaze for later use if needed
  22. Sprinkle with additional zest if desired, and serve
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Since I have never been a fan of grapefruit I decided to incorporate the fruit into a dessert that my family would enjoy. Grapefruit Bundt Cake is amazing.

Since I have never been a fan of grapefruit I decided to incorporate the fruit into a dessert that my family would enjoy. Grapefruit Bundt Cake is amazing.

 

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