Citrus Pound Cake

An abundance of citrus is always a good thing in our minds. That bright, vibrant burst of flavor can brighten a dull day real quickly.

We wanted to try out a recipe that allowed us to use almost all the parts of the citrus fruit, and would work with any citrus we found rolling around in the fruit crisper.

Enter, Joy the Baker’s recipe, which started us on the right track to baked citrus deliciousness.

Citrus Pound Cake

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A rich and flavorful citrus cake.


  • 1 Tbsp finely grated citrus zest (grapefruit, orange, lemon)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 5 Tbsp fresh citrus juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh citrus fruit (we used blood orange juice for that gorgeous pink color)
  • 1 Tbsp very soft butter



Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.


Grease 8 1/2 x 41/2- inch loaf pan, preferably metal, with butter or non-stick spray. Set pan aside.


Place sugar in a medium bowl and use your fingers to work citrus zest into sugar.


Beat the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla on medium speed until light and thick, about 4 minutes.


In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.


Reduce mixer speed to low and mix in half of dry ingredients, until just combined. Beat in the yogurt and grapefruit juice until combined. Mix in remaining dry ingredients. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.


Bake cake until top is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. 50-60 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack.


Whisk powdered sugar, citrus juice and butter together in a small bowl. Drizzle over cake and sprinkle with coarse sugar and fresh fruit. Let it sit until the glaze sets, about 30 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker- Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake with Poppy Seeds.

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