grapefruit pound cake with ginger marshmallow icing
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 MagazineAll images and text ©
Yum! That marshmallow icing is killing me with cravings! This looks delish!
Thanks, Tori! Definitely a new fav!
oof, that icing looks so good!! especially paired with that grapefruit pound cake. Yum!
Thank you, Katrina!
Can totally get down with some grapefruit poundcake! Love the flavor combo
Thanks, Naomi! I’ll save you a slice!
I was never a fan of grapefruit as a kid either but my grandpa had one every morning with a teaspoon of sugar. Sweet recipe!
Nice! I say we let the elders have the grapefruit and we split this pound cake. Deal?
Love the flavors! What a beautiful cake 🙂
This is such a beautiful cake! I need to bake with grapefruits this month!!
Dewwww it! I promise it’s delish!
Marshmallow icing!! How come I’ve never heard of this amazingness??
Um, it’s life changing yo. You’ve gotta try it:)
That ginger marshmallow icing is sheer perfection dear! So beautiful, too!
Thanks, Lauren! xoxo
I’ll take a slice of this cake for brunching alongside a salty dog, please. I’m such a fan.
Yesssss! I like your style!
I love your aversion to grapefruit. It is a startling flavor as a kid. I remember my mom doing the same to me and I just kept asking for more sugar. It looks just right for your cake though and I must say that this cake looks especially delicious… I looked through your ingredient list to see what made it so moist and it must be that cream cheese – trying that next time I make pound cake!
Definitely the cream cheese! I need to venture to SLC to make this with you sometime:)
Grapefruit with sugar sprinkled over the top always reminds me of breakfast at my grandmother’s house — it was the best! I actually love it without sugar too, and I know it must be amazing in this pound cake!
That’s such a wonderful memory. Grandma’s are the best! Thanks for your sweet words about the pound cake, Marcie!
I love fresh grapefruit, but I also love anything infused with grapefruit, flavored with grapefruit, or the like. Bonus points for being topped with ginger marshmallow icing. Gah.
Stunning, my dear.
I think you could put this marshmallow icing on just about anything and cure an aversion. It’s pretty gosh darn fabulous! Putting this cake on my weekend baking list. I can’t wait! Yeah!
You are funny. Zest alone with no grapefruit. 🙂 I never knew any other way to eat grapefruit other than broiled–until I met my husband who taught me to eat them like oranges. I’ve acquired the taste! Now I am dying for this marshmallow frosting! After my grapefruit!
I love baking with grapefruit! That ginger marshmallow icing sounds incredible!
What a gorgeous cake and you can’t beat the flavor in it.
I’m not a huge grapefruit fan either, but this cake looks delish! Especially with the ginger + marshmallow icing…mmmmm…. 🙂
What a funny story 🙂 This cake looks super yummy!
I love grapefruit! It is really unexpected choice as for me to use grapefruit for baking. I should try it! Thanks for a nice idea.
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