Monday, December 5, 2011

Grapefruit Butter Cake

When I saw this cake on Anncoo 's blog- Anncoo Journal, it was love at first sight ! I can imagine how great the taste would be when I read through her recipe. Boy, I am going to make it, I told myself and finally after almost 1.5 months I finally get to taste the real thing and gosh , it was one good butter cake to make.  The fragrance of the grapefruit was so refreshing that as I was cutting it into slices, it tickles my nostril and sent my salivary glands into full action.   A wonderful cake to make for the coming Christmas can't stop just at one is addictive.  Took some to office for Claire and Miss K to try them out :)  Even though the cake is addictive, it is better to share out the calories...this is what love is all about ... LOL!!  Don't be selfish and keep all the calories to one self...share out for it is a joy to give and share during this festive season.   The true meaning of Christmas !!! 

I love grapefruit and I can have one a day when they are on offer....... this is the first time I have them in cakes and after trying this out , I know I will make this cake again .  The texture is moist , light and fluffy.  The aroma of the cake is heavenly and the taste is grapefruit juice infused.   I love the pulps of the grapefruit and I added 1 tablespoon more of the pulps to the gave the cake a nicer color and a stronger taste of grapefruit !   Love it and thank you so much Anncoo , for sharing this delicious cake.  Do hop over to see her beautiful blog with all those mouth-watering desserts she shared on her blog. You will love her blog as much as I do :)   

Grapefruit Butter Cake - adapted from Anncoo Journal

Ingredients :

175 gm butter
4 eggs - separated
180 gm sugar
165 gm self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
30 ml grapefruit juice
1 tbsp orange liqueur ( contreau ) * I omitted this
zest from 1 grapefruit
1 tbsp of grapefruit pulp * I added extra 1 tbsp to make up for the orange liqueur


1. Line and grease a 7 " baking pan . Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

2. Sift flour with salt and set aside.

3. Beat butter with half of the sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg one at a time. Add  in yolk one at a time.
    Beat well after adding each one.  Then add in grapefruit juice and zest , mix well.

4. Lower speed, add in flour gradually. Mix well, add in grapefruit pulp, fold with a spatula and set it aside.

5. In another clean bowl, whisk egg white with the balance of the sugar on high speed until soft peaks.

6. Fold in the egg white into the butter mixture until well blended. Do not over do it or the egg whites will

7. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when tested.
    * ( note- covering loosely with aluminium foil after 30 minutes when the cake start to turn brown )

Enjoy ! 

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  1. Wendy...very very don't taste it at all unless your zest is rough..make sure the zest is without white and finely grated and the pulps without the membrane...very nice must try this cake...yummy! I added another 1 tablespoon of pulp making it 2 big tablespoons :) The taste is slightly like marmalade :)

  2. WOW Elin! Your grapefruit cake looks so addictive with extra pulp in it. Next I'll do that too as I also love grapefruit very much. :)

  3. hi Elin, your grapefruit cake looks yummy - wish you are here! look at the number of grapefruits we have been picking!/pickfruit

  4. I'm worried abt the bitterness of the pulp actually, hahaha!

  5. Yes, I believe I can smell the citrusy zing from the grapefruit... :)

  6. Anncoo...thanks so much for the recipe. LOVE the cake and will be making this again for friends :)

  7. Wendy.....:) hahaha don't worry , it is not bitterish at all :) Maybe I am used to grapefruit so I immune to it :p like the cranberries...some people cannot take the tartness of the it :)) Try making will love it !

  8. Shirley....:) it is fragrant :)

    Let's Go....ohhhh my gosh...I wish I was there with you all :)))

  9. This cake looks yummy! But it's not easy to get grapefruit so easily here ho...but I will bookmark this recipe first.

  10. certainly looks moist and delicious

  11. How interesting! I've never had grapefruit buttercake before. I can just imagine the fresh, citrusy aroma, a little more subtle than the orange ... nice! Will have to try this out for sure.

  12. Wow, I don't think I've ever had grapefruit in a cake, it must be so fresh tasting!!!