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Glazed Grapefruit Pound Cake

Glazed Grapefruit Pound Cake
7 votes, 4.43 avg. rating (87% score)
by in Jan 2006

Total Time: 30

Yield: 10 servings

Glazed Grapefruit Pound Cake


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons grapefruit or lemon extract (optional)
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice, divided
  • Grapefruit Glaze (see accompanying recipe)


Preheat oven to 325°. Mist a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until color lightens, about 2 minutes. Add sugar gradually; then beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add grapefruit zest and extract (if you like); beat thoroughly.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add one-third of the flour mixture; then beat until just incorporated. Add 1/4 cup grapefruit juice and another third of the flour mixture; then beat until just incorporated. Repeat with the other 1/4 cup grapefruit juice and the remaining flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Tap pan on counter to get rid of any air pockets. Bake 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Remove cake from oven and place on a cooling rack 10 minutes; then turn cake out of the pan onto rack. Loosen sides with a thin knife. Let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes longer. Top with Grapefruit Glaze as directed below.

Grapefruit Glaze


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-2/3 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice


Combine sugar and juice in a bowl; then mix with a fork until smooth. Set a piece of wax paper under the cake (which is still on the cooling rack); then slowly drizzle glaze over cake. Let cake cool completely before transferring to a platter. You may refrigerate it overnight, or up to several days, covered loosely with foil.
Updated Friday, January 6th, 2006

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3 Responses to Glazed Grapefruit Pound Cake

  1. Teresa Ash January 15, 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    Very good cake, nice refreshing flavor.

  2. Aimee Seavey January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Delicious recipe – lots of citrus flavor and not too sweet.

  3. Ellin Granger February 27, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    still making this delicious cake after all these years. glad I found it on the internet. It’ the best!

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