Tuesday, August 24, 2010

In a kitchen...far, far away...


...the Tarts had reached a desperate hour. Tired of the standard lemon cake, they were in dire need of a twist. So they reached out to a culinary Jedi...

"Help us Obi-Cake Kenobi, you're our only hope."

Smitten Kitchen did indeed answer the call...


slightly adapted from Ina Garten

1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3 extra-large eggs
3 tsp grated grapefruit zest (approximately one large grapefruit)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

Grapefruit half

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, grapefruit zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup grapefruit juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the grapefruit-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and grapefruit juice and pour over the cake.


Would SK's cake restore delight to their edible galaxy?

The Tarts got out their knife-sabers and started slicing. The moist, not too sweet and tangy cake was enchanting. The party in their mouths went on deep into the night, until not a crumb was left in sight.

Luke Tart-walker invites you to join the rebellion.

May the cake be with you.


  1. Holy Mother of God.....what have you done to my salivary glands? I want it now......please.

  2. Luke Tart-walker! ...hilarious!

    And the cake looks awesome too!

  3. This would go perfectly with the cup of coffee I just poured:)

    Julie xo

  4. I've been wanting to make this since I'm obsessed with grapefruit! It looks and sounds soooo good!


  5. how am i supposed to follow my dietary rules with this out there?

  6. i admit grapefruit cake kind of intimidates me.



  7. Massive drool! This is amazing!

  8. YUM!!
    These pictures are fantastic!!


  9. Deliciously cute giveaway today, and would love you to stop over!

    Julie xo

  10. yummmmmm.

    Erin! I haven't been to yoga since we last discussed, actually. I usually work on thursdays now, BUT tomorrow (so last minute, sorry!) we are going to go because I switched things up this week.

    Maybe we'll see you and the little tart there?