The Spoils of Food Blogging

As much as I enjoy participating in the Daring Bakers, I do run into the same problem fairly frequently – I make some component for the challenge dessert and end up with much too much of whatever it is. This time, it was grapefruit marmalade.

I thought this cake would make a pretty, rustic-ish loaf. I was right.
I thought this cake would make a pretty, rustic-ish loaf. I was right.

Luckily, I only had to wonder what I was going to do with all that marmalade for just a couple of days, because the very fabulous Alejandra posted a perfect solution – marmalade cake!

I love the crumb in this cake, so crumby yet moist.
I love the crumb in this cake, so crumbly yet moist.

I didn’t really need to tweak the recipe at all to suit my needs. In fact the only thing I did, beyond using grapefruit marmalade (and changing the shape from cupcake to loaf), was omit the almond extract and add some ground ginger, which I really like with grapefruit.

How to take a marmalade cake over the top? Spread it with MORE MARMALADE!!
How to take a marmalade cake over the top? Spread it with MORE MARMALADE!!

This cake turned out lovely and moist, and I really loved the little bits of chewy candied grapefruit peel all throughout. It was great with tea or on its own and tasted like sliced sunshine.

Bits o' marmalade all up in it.
Bits o' marmalade all up in it.

Grapefruit Marmalade Cake (adapted from Always Order Dessert)

  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 6 oz. grapefruit marmalade
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at time, fully incorporating each one and scraping down the bowl in between additions. Beat in the marmalade and vanilla. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine, then add it to the batter and mix until incorporated. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly in the pan, then turn out on a rack to finish cooling.

Though this did make a reasonable dent in my marmalade supply, I fear I may have to make more. There is still a LOT of marmalade, and this cake was so easy and simply tasty that I’d eagerly make it again.

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  1. This sounds so delicious, I’ve been on something of a grapefruit kick lately. Never tried it as a marmalade before, let alone in a cake! Must definitely try it.

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