grapefruit pound cake

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free

Grapefruits are so good right now! I have been eating at least one a day – sometimes two. This recipe is actually something I started thinking about over the summer, and I am happy I was so swamped I waited until now to get around to it.

I made a loaf to bring to a party, and a small loaf for us to eat at home! I recently found the cutest mini loaf pans, and this was a great time to use one:

Honestly, I did getΒ a few looks atΒ grapefruit cake, but even the skeptics loved it!

grapefruit pound cake

1 cup ap flour (Bob’s Red Mill gluten free)
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks Earth Balance
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice

Combine flours and baking powder. Separately, cream earth balance + sugar. Add eggs + vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients. Add grapefruit juice until just incorporated.

Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake @ 350 for 55 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes clean.

I squeezed juice of one more grapefruit, added to about 1/3 cup powdered sugar and poured as a glaze over the top.

Is anyone else having an insanely busy week?

{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth December 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

What an awesome idea for grapefruit! I have been loving it lately too – usually just with a spoon and maybe a little honey. :)


2 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

thank you!! the grapefruits are STILL really good right now, I am loving them. I’m making this again this week! :)


3 Babygirl December 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Love the picture.. very nice


4 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thank You!!


5 purplebirdblog December 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I loooooooove grapefruit, and I hate that I have to eat it sparingly because of my birth control! 😐 This is right up my alley! And yeah, busy week is busy for sure!


6 christina December 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

mmmm! is a lime pound cake possible!?!


7 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

This looks soooo good!! I love citrus fruits in winter!


8 Di @ December 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Yummy looking pound cake. Never seen grapefruit used like this but I’m definitely curious to try it. And yes – it’s definitely been a busy busy week. Gotta love the holidays. :)


9 Dorry December 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

LOL! I’ve seen the video posted everywhere but for some reason hadn’t watched it until now. (Really, this just means I trust your humor and not the humor of others.) I have to send it to Billy right now.

Yumbo bread and cuuuute mini loaf pans. And truly beautiful pics. I love your colorful backgrounds. Very appealing to my rainbow-loving eyes.


10 eatmovewrite December 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Grapefruit?!? I’ll admit I would probably be one of those people giving you funny looks. I’m open to new things, so I’d give it a try, but I can’t say that I’ve ever liked grapefruit. Too sour!

Those baby loaf pans are precious. I really need a bread loaf pan – can you believe I’ve never had one?!?


11 Liz December 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Mmm, I want a slice of that with some whipped cream on top!


12 Caree @ Fit-Mama December 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I never thought of making grapefruit bread but sounds delish! I LOVE grapefruit! YUM!


13 LiveForTheRun December 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

That cake sounds refreshing, if that makes any sense. Imma file this in my spring recipes, lol. Is there a chocolate peppermint version floating around, lol.

Cats, ahhh. Tell Basil he’s 100x cuter.


14 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Basil says thank you… sends you Full Body Wags and Pup Kisses !!


15 lindsay December 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

oh my gosh I almost peed in my pants that is too funny! Oh and the recipe…..genius!!! I wonder if orange would work too??


16 simplyshaka December 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Ok, I was a bit skeptical when I saw the title but I do love both grapefruit and poundcake so why the hell not? Looks delish!

Let’s not even start on how busy of a week it is for me. I am catching up from being off for two days plus have five more days off this month–oi!


17 Evan Thomas December 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Yes, please! This has just enough earth balance to make me happy :-)


18 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

indeed!! my favorite part.


19 Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life December 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

You’re a lifesaver! I was just wondering what I could make with the 6 grapefruits I have at home! Do you have a substitution for the tapioca flour? That’s the only thing I don’t have in my pantry.


20 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’ve used brown rice flour in place of tapioca before – they are similar in consistency. You could probably use all purpose for the whole thing, also.


21 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I think it sounds goood!! YUM!

I love that video Dave and I have watched it about 100 times!


22 Aimee December 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Never would have thought to add grapefruit to a pound cake! Looks like it would be yummy though. :)


23 theveggie December 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Wow, I am very eager to try this. It sounds so interesting.


24 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

sounds delicious!

And I love that first picture:)


25 Kris | December 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Girl, I am dying over here to sink my teeth into this loaf! Please, tell me again why you do not bake for a living?

This looks so tasty and so healthy :) Grapefruits are great for cellulite I just learned! Bring the grapefruits on!!



26 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

ah… I know, right? I should have my bakery by now too… πŸ˜€

I am still loving grapefruits right now, making this recipe again this week!


27 Vegangela December 17, 2010 at 5:16 am

I love grapefruit! This looks delish!!


28 freshandfoodie December 17, 2010 at 7:13 am

Grapefruit! What a great idea.


29 Kris O'Connor @Krazy_Kris December 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

Wow! A grapefruit pound cake? You are BRILLIANT and very DARING! That is what I love about you – you are fearless & unapologetic – and, you make me think that I too could successfully tackle a grapefruit pound cake πŸ˜‰

And – uh – your little dishes are ADORABLE! So lovely indeed.

Congratulations on being FoodPressed – you so deserve it!



30 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

thank you, Kris!! I am still loving grapefruit right now, and I’m tackling this one again this week!! :)


31 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

That looks amazing! I love your photos, especially the first one.


32 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

thanks so much!!


33 TheSceneFromMe December 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I love grapefruit too! Do you have that special knife made for grapefruit?

I’ve never had bread made with it though, I am sure I’d love it :)


34 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I used to have one of those knives… with the ridges and bent a little, right?

The grapefruit I have been getting lately is SO flavorful, I am making this again this week! πŸ˜€


35 Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Yep, that’s the knife.
I should make this ASAP :)


36 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

oh, Amy, you should!! it’s beautiful:)


37 Erica December 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

mmmm I have never baked with grapefruit before=brilliant! It has been a totally crazy week. I am ready for the weekend! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog πŸ˜‰


38 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) December 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Oh my GAWSH!! I am a MUCH bigger fan of “fruity” desserts over sugary, frostingy, icingy, choclatey ones. This sounds so good to me – I love citrus! I bet it smells deliciuos too! I’m definitely going to be trying this with grapefruit and other citruses. I might even experiment with zests or slices on top for decoration. Also? Your mini loaf pans = socute! Thanks for sharing these w/ Friday Firsts!! Bookmarking!!!


39 Heather December 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would never have thought to add grapefruit to a pound cake – what a great idea!

Have you seen the kittens inspired by kittens video on you tube? one of my favorites!


40 mangocheeks December 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

I love the idea. I am so sure my husband would love this, he loves his citrus and who knows, maybe even I will try this grapefruit cake.


41 thehungryscholar December 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

I am back, AHHHHH!

This looks good, really good. Like summer.


42 Shannon [Tropical Eats] December 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

holy cow never would have thought of grapefruit cake! You are so creative :) I’ve been craving citrus like crazy lately


43 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

the grapefruits are so delicious lately, I’m making this one again this week!! πŸ˜€


44 managermamma December 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Looks absolutely delicious, never thought of using grapefruit in a cake. Brava!


45 savorysimple December 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Sounds like a very unique and flavorful combination!


46 Lisa Fine December 19, 2010 at 5:33 am

That sounds delicious. I would never have thought to flavor a pound cake with grapefruit, but it’s one of my favorite flavors. Yum!


47 Joslyn @ missfitbliss December 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

I’m with Shannon, I’ve been seriously craving citrus too. This really looks delicious! And that cat video was hilarious. My favorite was when he started popping him in the face. The dialog was perfect:)


48 OliePants December 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

I love the idea of citrus with a moist cake! Bookmarked! :)


49 Jennifer December 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm

What a great idea, I have to try this recipe!


50 rsmacaalay December 20, 2010 at 1:26 am

Looks simple but I know it taste really good.



51 Rosie December 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

YUM! I’m definitely going to have to try this out.


52 spabettie March 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

the grapefruits I’ve had lately have tasted SO good – I’m making this again this week!!


53 itsacupcakeworld December 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm

yum! I love grapefruit and this looks like the perfect way to use it. I will have to try this.


54 spabettie December 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Thanks!! It’s SO very yummy. :)


55 Geneva April 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm



56 Karen W April 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

looks delicious!


57 January August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

this looks yummy! I’m sure it will work with normal flours as well? your blog is so inventive!


58 spabettie August 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

absolutely, January – let me know how you like it!


59 Janet August 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

I can’t wait to try this, I love pound cake and quick breads, and the grapefruit is a unique addition.


60 Flinny August 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

I was sent this too – and can’t wait to make it!


61 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

I hope you love it – let me know how it goes!


62 sara August 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

my friend just sent this to me after she made it – says I need to because I’ll love it. looks delicious and great pic too!


63 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

thanks, Sara! it’s a nice surprise flavor!


64 Jillian Paul November 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

and after the chili I’m making this one!! thank you, Kristina!!


65 Serena November 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

this sounds SO good – very creative!


66 Grant November 28, 2011 at 4:21 am

unique flavors, sounds lovely


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