grapefruit pound cake with ginger marshmallow icing III

I’ll never forget the first time I tried grapefruit.

My mother used to cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle sugar on top, and eat the slices with a spoon as if it was a version of cereal or something. Weren’t grapefruits for breakfast all the rage back in the 80’s? Thought so.

Anyways, I distinctly remember one morning thinking to my curious seven year-old self that the grapefruit looked like a lot like an orange. Well, I like oranges so there must be a reason why mom eats this every morning. I reached for the spoon, scooped out a slice, and placed the spoon into my mouth. In nano seconds that grapefruit membrane shot out of my mouth like a cannonball halfway across the room. “OHHHH….YUCK!”


So, the moral of this story: grapefruits do NOT taste like oranges in case you didn’t know. The funny thing, to do this day, I still can’t eat a fresh grapefruit. I might need to go to therapy in order for me to digest a grapefruit slice. I get the chills thinking about it.

You may be thinking, Lauren, then why on earth did you make a Grapefruit Pound Cake with Ginger Marshmallow Icing? I have no logical answer other than the grapefruit taste is disguised in this wonderful, moist cake covered by the my new favorite icing, ginger marshmallow. I like to think of this cake as baby steps towards my grapefruit healing.

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Grapefruit Pound Cake with Ginger Marshmallow Icing


for the grapefruit pound cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
6 ounces plain cream cheese, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons grapefruit zest (+more for garnish)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk

for the ginger marshmallow icing:
2 egg whites
1/4 granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest


for the grapefruit pound cake:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 10-inch bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another large bowl, mix together granulated sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Add the eggs, oil, zest, and vanilla to the butter mixture. In thirds, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until the batter is smooth. Pour batter into the bundt cake pan and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and invert onto a wire rack to cool.Once cooled, frost top with ginger marshmallow icing.

for the ginger marshmallow icing:
In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat 2 egg whites with salt until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Heat syrup in a glass microwaveable dish until it boils. Pour syrup in a thin stream over egg white mixture, a little at a time. Beating on high speed until harder peaks form. Add vanilla , fresh ginger, and beat until glossy!

recipe adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

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