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Recipe – Grapefruit Drizzle Cake

I have a fool-proof drizzle cake recipe that I have made with lemon, lime, orange and now…grapefruit! Not everyone likes this fruit but it is floral and fragrant in this recipe and loses that sour, bitter edge.


175g of butter, at room temperature

275g of granulated sugar (100g of this is for the drizzle)

1 large grapefruit (you will need both the zest and the juice)

200g of self-raising flour

Half a teaspoon of baking powder

3 eggs

How to make it

  • Begin by greasing your loaf tin and preheating your oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 175g of the sugar


  • Zest your grapefruit and add the zest and half the juice to the mixing bowl (save the rest for the glaze!)
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder and eggs and mix well


  • Pour this batter into the loaf tin and bake for about 35 minutes until it is golden brown
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool
  • While your cake is cooling, make your grapefruit drizzle by combining the remaining juice of your grapefruit and the remaining 100g of sugar
  • Turn your cake out onto a chopping board or wire rack and pierce the top of it with a small skewer or tooth pick several times


  • Carefully spoon over the grapefruit sugar drizzle, making sure the whole cake is covered and it starts to drip down the sides too

  • Allow enough time for the sugar drizzle to crystallise then cut into slices

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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