Glazed Grapefruit Cake

Broiled, sugared grapefruit slices and a citrus glaze top this moist cake scented with zest
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Feast on the flavors of winter with this beautiful grapefruit cake. Ingalls Photography

Florida’s cooler months are celebrated with citrus fruits. Enjoy sweater weather in the Sunshine State with a slice of this moist grapefruit cake and your favorite warm beverage.

Serves 10 -12


3 whole grapefruit (1 pink, 1 red, and 1 white) peeled and sliced 1⁄4″ thick crosswise, plus 2 tbsp. zest and 3 tbsp. juice
1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
2 2⁄3 cups flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
1 1⁄2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted


  1. Heat oven broiler. Arrange grapefruit slices in an even layer on an aluminum foil–lined baking sheet fitted with a wire rack; sprinkle with 3 tbsp. sugar. Broil, rotating pan as needed, until slightly caramelized, about 7 minutes; set aside.

  2. Heat oven to 325°. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, and using an electric hand mixer, cream remaining sugar and the butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add zest, buttermilk, and vanilla; mix until combined. With the motor running, slowly add dry ingredients until smooth. Spread batter evenly into a 9″ × 13″ baking dish; bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cake cool, then arrange reserved grapefruit slices, overlapping slightly, on top.

  3. Whisk juice and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until smooth; drizzle evenly over cake. Let cake sit 30 minutes to set glaze before serving.

This recipe was originally featured on our sister site, Saveur, on February 21, 2014