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Grapefruit Cake Recipe

This Grapefruit cake is sweet with a little bit of tang. Glazed with a grapefruit flavored sugar glaze, it’s the perfect treat for any day. 

grapefruit cake on glass plate with sliced grapefruit


“Grapefruit cake? Really?” That was the initial reaction I received from my hubby when I told him I would be making this recipe.I guess he didn’t have much faith in me after my last failed attempt of baking with grapefruit. You can read all about it here at Confession: Grapefruit Meringue Pie is Disgusting.

Well, grapefruit was yet on sale again and I decided I had to buy some. I knew I would leave the meringue alone for now but figured there had to be a way to put this grapefruit to good use. I really wanted a grapefruit dessert and I decided I would likely be successful with a cake. I was right! This is not a fail and it turned out fantastic!

grapefruit cake on glass plate sliced

I baked this cake in a bread loaf pan. Some of you may be wondering why and think I don’t own a cake pan. Well I own one…but I have no clue where it is…my bread pan will just have to do for now. Square cakes need love too.

I’ve made this grapefruit cake a few times in my household and it is always a winner. The first time I made it, hubby didn’t trust it and made every excuse not to eat it. I mean, you fail once and people are scared to give you another chance. However, he couldn’t resist the heavenly smell, gave it a try, and loved it.

The thing that puts the cake over the top is the glaze. Feel free to make the cake without it if you would like less sugar but….I mean, who doesn’t love glaze. Look at it oooze. Never mind, don’t skip the glaze…it’s a must!

grapefruit bcake on glass plate with glass

This cake does take about an hour to bake so it’s the perfect cake to make on the weekend and eat throughout the week. That’s if it last that long. Store it on your fridge if you would like it to last longer. Check out the recipe and video below. Enjoy 🙂

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GrapeFruit Cake

Author Tanya


  • Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoon Grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup Grapefruit juice
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon grapefruit juice


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar in mixing bowl until well combined. Add eggs and beat in eggs until combined.
  • Add flour mixture and milk alternatively to mixing bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Add grapefruit zest and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Mix until combined.
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for about 5 minutes. Then remove and set on a cooling rack.
  • Prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice. Stir until desired consistency. If glaze is too runny, add more sugar but no more than 3/4 cup
  • Pour glaze over bread. Serve and Enjoy 🙂
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*Recipe adapted from Easy Everyday Cooking Cards, Grapefruit Breakfast Bread.

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Sunday 26th of February 2023

I have white (not red /pink) grapefruit. Will they work in this recipe?


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Hi Kris, white grapefruit should work fine as a substitute.


Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

The recipe for the glaze says 3 Tablespoons but the directions say 3 teaspoons. Which is correct?


Sunday 6th of February 2022

Hi Kathy, thanks for pointing that out. It's 3 Tablespoons.

Lennie Wong

Sunday 10th of May 2020

My daughter moved to a house with a grapefruit tree and offered me tons. I. Made the grapefruit cake yesterday and it was a hit! Such an easy recipe and really delicious. Thank you!

Patricia Shepherd

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Thank you for developing and sharing this delicious recipe, with handy video. I didn't have grapefruit but a half gallon of grapefruit juice plus oranges for the zest. Had to use up some of the juice and this recipe was perfect -- very moist with the glaze.