WHB #240. Recipe: grapefruit syrup cake

grapefruit syrup cake

I have the pleasure of hosting weekend herb blogging #240. This event is going well under the care of the lovely Haalo of cook almost anything at least once.

This week, I come with a simple but delicious cake made from grapefruit.

I adore citrus fruits and grapefruit is no exception. Actually i prefer ruby grapefruit juice to orange juice anytime. There’s something about the tangy and slightly bitter note of grapefruit that really appeals to me.


This grapefruit cake is something I’ve wanted to make for a while. It’s based on an excellent lime syrup cake from Neil Perry’s ‘the food I love’. It is a really simple cake to make – no creaming, no whipping required.

The cake is as wonderful as I remember it. The citrus fragrance is there. And the syrup does have that tangy goodness, giving the cake a sweet-sour balance. A simple cake that is perfect with a warm cup of tea.

grapefruit syrup cake

Grapefruit syrup cake

350g castor sugar
300g self rising flour
90g desiccated coconut
zest of 1 grapefruit
250g butter, melted
2 eggs
250ml milk

Grapefruit + lemon syrup
225g castor sygar
zest of one lime
Juice of 2 grapefruits + juice of 1 lime


Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease 20cm square cake tin. Line base and side with baking paper, extending 2cm above the side. (Or better still, use a spring form pan – grease and line)

Sift together sugar + flour. Mix in the coconut and zest. Stir in the butter. Combine the egg + milk and add to the bowl. Mix until smoith.

Spoon mixture to the tin and bake for around 1 hour (check with a skewer to the center of the cake). If the top of the cake browns too quickly when baking, cover with foil and bake until cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare the syrup: Put the sugar and 185ml water in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the lime jest and juice, boil and reduce the heat. Simmer, uncovered for 8 mins. Strain.

Remove the cake from the oven. While the cake is hot, use a skewer to poke a few holes evenly over the cake. Slowly pour the hot syrup over the cake. Let it stand for 20 mins. Then turn the cake out onto a wire rack lined with baking paper and cool {be careful not to break the cake – using a springform tin is much easier}.

grapefruit syrup cake

26 Responses to WHB #240. Recipe: grapefruit syrup cake

  1. Sylvia says:

    Great shots, and love the recipe. Grapefruit is one of my favorite citrus fruit

  2. Tangled Noodle says:

    It's a beautiful cake and I'd love to get a taste! I'm not really a grapefruit fan, but I do love pomelos – for some reason, it doesn't have the aftertaste of which I'm not fond in GF. But I must say that the syrup sounds delicious!

  3. mademoiselle délicieuse says:

    I love to order ruby red or pink grapefruit juice when out as well. Hubby prefers orange but, like you, I like that slightly bitter tangy-ness of these particular citrus fruits which make for such fragrant cakes.

  4. Chris says:

    Ohh! I love the idea of this cake! Grapefruit syrup…brilliant! ;)

  5. chocolatesuze says:

    i prefer ruby grapefruit to orange too! especially the pulp! your cake sounds fantastic with the syrup!

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I love grapefruit and syrup cakes. that one looks so delicious!

  7. Ana Powell says:

    Lovely and delicious recipe.

  8. Maria says:

    This cake looks so delicious, I love the shiny top :)

  9. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    The grapefruit sounds fantastic in this recipe and def makes a great change from other citrus. And I looovee syrup cakes!

  10. shaz says:

    Oh this sounds absolutely delicious. I'm going to try this, I wonder if it would work as a cupcake :) Love that little butterfly and your gorgeous plates too.

  11. Betty @ The Hungry Girl says:

    Oh, your plates are so pretty! And this cake sounds wonderful!

  12. Johanna GGG says:

    love those photos – grapefruit is such a pretty fruit

  13. tigerfish says:

    I enjoy citrus fruits like you too and I don't think I have tried a grapefruit cake :)

  14. OohLookBel says:

    Oh yum, I adore syrupy cakes like this. Grapefruit would be beautiful with it.

  15. cookingpractice says:

    sounds so yummy and refreshing! i always want to make cake with fruit juice :D

  16. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I can't take a liking to grapefruit. Maybe too tangy or bitter-ish for me. But the cake you baked looks really really good. Save a slice for me?

  17. Agnes says:

    Looks like a great cake, and I really love your plates! Gorgeous!

  18. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, that cake looks so tender! Yum! I love citrus and can't wait to try this recipe, sweetie!

  19. scrambledhenfruit says:

    I love citrus cakes, especially in the summertime. I've never done one with grapefruit but I think it's time to try!

  20. Soma says:

    I would have never thought about combining grapefruit and coconut. But now I see how lovely they will come together. I love anything citrusy too. Just right for the summer time.

  21. Jo - SecondHelping says:

    I also love the tang of tart citrus. As always you have captured a beautiful dish with beautiful photography.

  22. muffinsareuglycupcakes says:

    big fan of grapefruit.

  23. Katie says:

    Beautiful pics! Definitely on my "to cook" list now!

  24. Joanne says:

    Grapefruit is by far my favorite citrus fruit and while it's in season, it's really all I want to eat. This cake looks absolutely fantastic!

  25. Amy @ cookbookmaniac says:

    citrusy desserts are my thing. my partner hates fruit in desserts but i love it. I would totally devour a few slices of this with a nice cup of tea :)

  26. Iron Chef Shellie says:

    I don't think I've ever used grapefruit in cooking before, despite us having a grapefruit tree. I'll have to keep this recipe in mind =)

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