Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s a simple recipe to start off your baking in 2012. I know this time of year everyone is looking to cut down on the sweets and get back to healthy eating, and maybe this isn’t the best recipe for me to lead off with. But I will continue to be an advocate for dessert and if you ask me, no one should go without it completely.

So go ahead and eat a big healthy salad for dinner, and consider these cupcakes for dessert. I’m not going to tell you they’re good for you, but the portion control is built right in. And thanks to the pink grapefruit, they’re light in flavor and very refreshing.



I am a huge pink grapefruit fan, always have been. I prefer them halved, with each segment cut around so that I could easily scoop them out with a spoon. I love the little bursts of tart brightness.

I realize not everyone likes grapefruit as much as me, my husband included, but even he liked these cupcakes. Of course there is always the option of swapping the grapefruit in this recipe for any other citrus you like, whether it’s tangerines, lemons, and even limes.


Originally these were going to be muffins, a refreshing way to start your morning. But after licking the beater I realized that label would have been misleading,  even if I did have one this morning for breakfast. This is cake, no doubt about it.

I kept the icing simple as I wanted a very simple cupcake that wasn’t overly sweet. The icing of powdered sugar, grapefruit juice and zest is merely an echo of the citrus flavor of the cake.


These pink grapefruit cupcakes may not look like anything you’d find in the display case of a fancy cupcake boutique. But they’re lovely in their own humble way, and delicious to boot.


Here are a few other citrus recipes you may enjoy:

Clementine Buttermilk Scones by Completely Delicious
Flaky Blood Orange Tart by Smitten Kitchen
Grapefruit Honey Yogurt Scones
by Joy the Baker
Lemon Olive Oil Cake by Completely Delicious

Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes
Light cupcakes packed with the flavor of fresh pink grapefruit.
Yield: 8 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (115 grams) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (124 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons (4 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2 grams) salt
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
For the icing:
  • ½ cup (50 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and mix until incorporated. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and grapefruit zest. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Batter will be thick.
  4. Spoon into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about ⅔ full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 12-14 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar, grapefruit zest, and grapefruit juice until smooth and there are no lumps. Add more juice if necessary to achieve desired consistency. Spoon onto the cooled cupcakes and let sit for a few minutes to firm up before serving.
  6. Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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12 Responses to Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes

  1. These look incredible. I love the lightness of the icing and the overall simplicity of the recipe. These are perfect for an after dinner treat or an afternoon dessert with a cup of tea!

  2. These look excellent. I can only imagine the light sweet and fluffiness. I will have to try these one day soon! Love following along 🙂

  3. beti says:

    they look really pretty and I love your photos!

  4. Priya says:

    Lovely pretty looking cupcakes..

  5. I just had some grapefuit for breakfast!! And you’ll be seeing grapefruit on the Jan Seasonal Product post soon as well 🙂 Your cupcakes look super fresh and moist! yummm

  6. I love, love, love, love grapefruit. As does my boyfriend! Looks like these are going on my baking list!

  7. Jo says:

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  8. Useful information like this one must be kept and maintained so I will put this one on my twitter list! Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this!

  9. Deborah says:

    I have been loving grapefruit lately – I need some of these!

  10. Bakeaholic says:

    Trader Joe’s has the best ruby red grapefruits right now. They truly are amazing and I have a whole basket of them in the kitchen! I’ll be making these tomorrow!

  11. Melodi says:

    Just made these this morning and all I have to say is super yummmmy! I found the texture to be a little more like cake. I think the frosting is a must to get that extra zing of grapefruit. This is definitely going in my cookbook. Btw, mine cooked for 19 minutes, but it made 7 larger muffins instead of 8. Thanks!

  12. Erika Beth says:

    I’m finally catching up on my blogs. These look great! Can’t wait to try them.

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