Bon Appétit’s Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Loaf

Happy Sunday!

Yet again it’s time for a little Sunday morning baking encouragement. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. 

Way back in March, Bon Appétit published a recipe for a Grapefruit and Poppy seed loaf cake that immediately caught my attention. I don’t know why. I actually don’t even like grapefruit that much, but for some reason I really enjoy it cocktails. More specifically the Hemingway Daiquiri at Ocho via Hotel Havana… but that is for another time.

It was something about a possibly bitter cake?  But since there’s yogurt in the recipe I knew it would be lovely and spongy. Also, it’s a combination I’ve never come across. I’m standard so I would usually make cake with lemon or lime citrus.


So, for months it was constantly in the back of my mind. Spring was a bit busy between a few trips and actually getting the blog started with encouragement from Follow the River North, who is actually the best.

It wasn’t until summer that I actually made the cake and I must say it turned out excellent. Loaf cakes are always (or should be) quite easy and straightforward to make. This recipe is no different.

Bon Appétit’s Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake


The only difference is that I used plain non-fat yogurt instead of Greek Yogurt. While I don’t think that would really make a difference in the baking or ‘spring’ of the cake, it did leave my glaze rather thin. Next time I make this I’ll be using Greek yogurt to hopefully get a slightly more tart and thicker glaze, but it was still delicious.

I also also added a little extra grapefruit juice and zest – just a pinch for good luck.

So, basically I just wanted to say – give this recipe a try and here is what it looks like when you don’t have amazing BA photographs of it. I really loved the recipe and just wanted to brag. 


Even if you’re not keen on grapefruit, give it a shout. The grapefruit I used was really overripe and sweeter than I thought it would be. When the taste pulled through the cake it became almost like a general citrus cake – super moist and with that sticky glaze. Yes.



Perfect for Sunday baking and Monday breakfast.





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