Apple Grapefruit Cake

As a kid, I always used to wake up listening to Ma humming or singing some Bengali Song as she was cooking or dusting the house. And then came the time when my wake up alarm was no longer Ma’s sweet voice, rather it would be one of my favorite song or sometimes it would be some stupid ring tone (the tough Mondays when the favorite song was not enough to wake me up). But today we woke up with a loud noise of a car honking on it’s own!! Yeah.. it got all the attention and I can bet that the whole apartment woke up. It kind of gave me a headache, and I was in no mood to prepare lunch, thank god there was left overs from yesterday’s dinner 🙂

Arvind had a team lunch, which meant that he was not coming home for lunch. I hate eating alone! The old Kankana probably would have turned on some girlie movie, took a huge packet of pop corn and spent the whole afternoon on the couch. The new (and improved) Kankana decided to change her crappy morning mood by baking a cake 😉 Because I don’t bake too often, I usually don’t store much of baking ingredients. So decided to just make a simple apple cake with vanilla extract. Then I thought of adding a fresh grapefruit juice to make it little citric-y and I have to say, it made our day! 🙂

I am sharing my yummy cake with Alicia for her event Simple Lives Thursday #28, Sandra for her event Cooking Thursday #4, Miz Helen for her event Full Plate Thursday, and Alison for her event Recipe Swap Thursday #22. How can a sweet dish miss a sweet dish event right? Thank you Lisa for the event Sweets for a Saturday #2

Ingredients :

  • 3 eggs (in room temperature)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 fresh red apples (you can use green too)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract

Directions :

Take one apple and cut it into thin slices

Put these slices in a baking dish and dust them with 1/2 cup sugar, cover them with a alluminium foil, and bake it for 20 minutes at 400 F

After 20 minutes take out the apples from the oven and keep it aside.

Using a food processor or hand grater, grate the rest of the apples into a paste

Squeeze about 1/2 cup juice from a fresh grapefruit

Mix 1 cup sugar and 3 eggs either whisking them in a big bowl or using a cake mixer.

Add the grated apple and the grapefruit juice and whisk them properly.

Now add the rest of the ingredients (flour, oil, butter, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract) and whisk them to a form thick batter. Make sure there are no lumps and no air holes.

In a baking pan, grease the base and side with some butter and dust it with some flour.

Pour the batter in the pan and arrange the baked apples on the top in some order or design that you prefer.

Let it bake at 375 F for about an hour or till it’s evenly cooked and slightly brown on top. Use a chopstick or a tooth prick to poke in the middle and make sure it comes out clean.

Take a bite and do your yummy dance 😉

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Sandra says:

Oh wow, wow..I love the color! I really need to stop checking food blogs this late at night! Now I am Getting hungry for something sweet, too:))))

Priya says:

Never baked with grapefruits, cake looks absolutely wonderful..

lauren says:

wow! what a unique recipe — and it looks tasty, too!

This looks beautiful. Good idea using grapefruit.

Thanks for sharing!

visda says:

Gorgeous! What a great idea to bake with grapefruit. I would love to try it.Thanks for sharing.

Miz Helen says:

Ok you got me…I am doing the “Yummy Dance”! This cake looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful cake with us on Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

This looks good! I’m not a fan of grapefruit, but I do like citrus fruits in cakes.

Thank you for contributing to Simple Lives Thursday!
This looks sooo good! I’ve done something similar with pears and they were sickly sweet, so I’m really loving the idea of the grapefruit. Yum!
Hope we see you next week, too!

Wow, this sounds delicious!
And your photos are gorgeous… great job!

Aipi says:

That is amazing. I would like a one…or two slices…right now!:)

US Masala

Deepa says:

Wowww…. Yummmm:-) waiting to try this n Iam sure this wud be as gr8 as ur Lemon Mint Cake 🙂

Krithi says:

Looks so yummy.. Love this cake and its color and texture..

Krithi’s Kitchen

Tabitha says:

Yum! I have a big sweet tooth – too big for my own good but this looks like an exception. Enticing photo.

Lisa says:

I never would have guessed that apples and grapefruit would go so well together. You’ve introduced me to something new. It looks fantastic. I have a linky party on my blog every week called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your recipe up.

My baby LOVES my yummy dance! I’ve got a new little grapefruit tree growing in my garden. I wish it would hurry up. Patience is definitely NOT a strong point of mine…

Mary says:

This really does sound lovely. I’ll wager your family was delighted to come home to such a treat. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

I just left a moderate life, stopping by to say congratulations on winning your award.

mickey says:

I love this cake! It looks so moist and full of flavors. It is really beautiful. I can’t wait to try it out.

briarrose says:

What a neat combination of flavors!

Mary says:

This cake looks and sounds so good. I have both apples and grapefruits, so this sounds like a great thing to make on a grey afternoon. I found your link on the Sweets for a Saturday page.

Hi – I just discovered your blog and this phenomenal cake! Apples and grapefruit are two of my favorites, and cake, well, it’s practically a religion in my house. Thanks so much for the lovely recipe and photographs!

Priyanka says:

hey…..i tired it and it does taste awesome…..thanks for the yum yum recipe…. 🙂

Miz Helen says:

Congratulations Kankana,
You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week 2-3-11. Come by and pick up your Red Plate.
Best Wishes,
Miz Helen

Kankana says:

Thank you so much 🙂 Happy to know that you liked my cake.. will share more dishes with you!! Truly Honored 🙂