Hi ya’ll amidst the transition to a new site, I wanted to share this refreshing little number with you. “Cake” and “refreshing” aren’t usually words that go together, but this may be one of only a handful of exceptions.
While I am at it, I should admit that I have not met a member of the citrus family that I didn’t like. Anything that has me grating and squeezing the goodness out of a lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange is off to a good start in my book.
So, I am pretty willing to jump on the citrus fan club, but THIS. CAKE. Seriously! If you have been here before, you will know that I am all about butter – especially in baked goods. I know that butter is not exactly trending these days, but what can I say? A cake with yogurt instead of butter would normally make me skeptical too, but, in this case, yogurt means lighter texture, a bit healthier, extra moist, and a more pure citrus flavor. Yes, please to all of the above.
Spoiler alert: Stay tuned for a lemon lavender version coming at you on the new and improved almostproperly.com in a couple of weeks…. Who knew a new site wasn’t instant? This tech-phobic blogger certainly didn’t. CSS what? Sooooo grateful for my tech savvy girly who is walking me through even the most basic of basics and knows what the heck things like SQL are and that JAVA isn’t always coffee.
Tea parties, brunches, picnics, or even dessert?… Grapefruit and Yogurt Pound Cake is a very good answer.
Grapefruit and Yogurt Pound Cake
Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 75 minutes
For the Cake:
- 1 1/2 cup flour, sifted then measured
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tbl. grapefruit zest
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 5 tbl. grapefruit juice
For topping the cake and glaze:
- 3 tbl. grapefruit juice
- 1 tbl. plain Greek yogurt + 1 tbl. water OR 1 tbl. regular plain yogurt (not Greek-style)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
To assemble the cake: Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, whisk to combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
In the bowl of stand mixer, combine zest and sugar with your fingers until very fragrant and small clumps begin to form (About 1 minute).
Wish together eggs, oil, vanilla, and grapefruit juice in a small bowl. Using stand mixer, add to sugar mixture by beating on medium speed just until combined.
Then add 1/2 of the yogurt. Mix just until combineed. Then add 1/2 of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Repeat with other half yogurt and flour mixtures, ending with flour and mixing just until combined each time.
Grease and lightly flour a loaf pan (I prefer glass ones since they more evenly distributes the heat.)
Pour cake batter into loaf pan and lightly tap on counter to release any trapped air. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Immediately after removing from the oven, run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 more minutes. After 10 minutes, remove cake from pan and continue to cool on wire rack for approximately 15 more minutes.
To assemble the glaze: In a small bowl combine yogurt (and water, if using Greek yogurt) and powdered sugar. Using a fork, mix until smooth.
Final Touches: Brush the 3 remaining tablespoons of grapefruit juice on top of cake. This will add an extra punch of fresh grapefruit flavor while also making the cake extra moist! Once the cake has fully cooled, drizzle the top of loaf with glaze.
For best glaze results, wait 15 minutes for glaze to set prior to serving:)