Baking with my Daughter: Grapefruit Pound Cake

IMG_0491Sometimes I am a better photographer than baker.  This weekend was such a case.  Well, it’s not that I was a bad baker, it’s more like poor planning.  She requested to make a cake, so cake we made.  It was her uncles birthday so we thought we would make a cake to celebrate.  My brother was my best friend growing up.  I admired him and looked up to him.  I pestered him and idolized him.   I have such fond memories of playing together as children.  I think some of my favorite memories are from vacations we took as a family.  I remember restaurant after restaurant he would order grapefruit juice to drink with his breakfast.   They were always those little cans of juice, with a duck on them and I thought they tasted horrible.  He on the other hand, loved them.  Since then I’ve had it stuck in my head to make him grapefruit flavored things for his birthday.  So a pound cake we made.This pound cakes flavor was spot on.  It was sweet, and grapefruity.  The glaze, well the glaze may have just been the best part.  But here’s where it went wrong, it wasn’t completely done in the center.  At first I thought it was just excess glaze that had seeped in.  Then I realized, actually it just wasn’t cooked.  Wah-wah.  This is what happens when you tell your husband to take the cake out of the oven while you put the toddler down for a nap, and say oh no you don’t need to check it with a toothpick it will be done.  Duh.  Check the stupid cake with a toothpick people.And no, the kid didn’t shove her hands into the cake like it looks like she’s about to.  I picked up some tequila ice cream (which is insanely good and not very heavily tequila flavored) from the Mexican ice cream shop that we love and the two went sooo well together.  To be honest I liked the cake even better by itself with a cup of coffee for breakfast the next morning.  Also, in case you didn’t know, pound cake is ridiculously easy, provided you bake it long enough.IMG_1134Grapefruit Pound Cake

For the cake:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter softened
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest

For the glaze:

3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1 cup confectioners sugar


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and sugar.  And flour in four additions.  Add eggs, mixing after each one.  Add vanilla, grapefruit juice and zest.  Beat until smooth.  Pour into a progressed loaf pan or a 9×13 pan.  Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

2.  Make the glaze:  Whisk grapefruit juice with confectioners sugar.  Drizzle over cake once cool.