pink pomplamoose tea cake

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~ pink pomplamoose tea cake ~

“Buddy the elf! What’s you’re favorite color?” ~Will Ferrell in “Elf”

I’m a tiny bit obsessed with pink food. Pink is my second favorite color…first is red and third is orange. I love it. And when it’s added to food in the right way, it’s absolutely stunning. I’ve been brainstorming ways to add pink to my recipes. There’s a fabby recipe in THIS book for fish carpaccio with pink peppercorns. Pink peppercorns are nature’s savory sprinkles. I just love them, don’t you? How could a peppercorn be so stinkin’ cute? I ask you. Tessa Kiros, one of my favorite food goddesses, also wrote THIS book which includes an entire chapter of pink foods. Things like beet gnocchi, poached fruit in vanilla syrup, and tiny pink cupcakes.  She rocks. Seriously. So much inspitation to be found in her masterpieces. I’m waiting for THIS book to arrive in the mail box and I can hardly stand the anticipation. Who is your favorite cookbook author?

So, I was thinking about pink food and I thought…grapefruit! Pomplamoose is the French word for grapefruit, and it’s really fun to say. Try it…pomplamoose. See? 🙂 It’s also the name of one of my favorite indie bands. I listened to a little on my iPod while creating my tea cake recipe. Listen to a few of their songs HERE, HERE and HERE if you’d like.

for the cake:

1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons honey

zest of one grapefruit

Zest a grapefruit. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Add wet to dry, don’t overmix. Fold in zest. Butter a bread pan or small cake pan well. Pour batter in. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes clean.

While cake is baking…make the pretty pink glaze…

for the pink glaze:

Combine juice of one grapefruit (I used a juicer, but you don’t have to)

I love how pink and frothy citrus juice is when made in and electric juicer…

add just enough powdered sugar to make a smooth glaze…

mix with a wire whisk until completely blended…

Drizzle some glaze over completely cooled cake.

Cool to set glaze.

Enjoy!

Happy Teatime Tuesday!

XO,

~Melissa

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  16 comments for “pink pomplamoose tea cake

  1. January 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Oh, that looks too cute to eat!!!

    I could probably find a way to do it, but that is just plain ol’CUTE!!

    • Melissa
      January 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      hee hee 🙂 thanks honey bun!

  2. January 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Love the look of that glaze – must be incredible!!!

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

      I love how this cake turned out. Perfect with a cup of Darjeeling 🙂 The glaze is wonderful. Not overly sweet, which I really like. Thanks for commenting!

  3. January 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Grapefruit in a cake! What a perfect idea … I was just thinking I would like a different way to enjoy my grapefruit and here you come along with such a beautiful tea cake! You are so awesome, Melissa 🙂

    • Melissa
      January 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Aw, thanks sweetie 🙂 I love grapefruit, and this turned out so good. I’m in love with the pink glaze. It would make a nice addition to a Valentine’s breakfast of party. enjoy.

  4. January 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Oh girl, this looks so good. Pretty in Pink for certain.

    • Melissa
      January 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  5. January 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

    My favorite cookbook is Culina Mundi. It tells you a story with each recipe as they travel the world.

    I’m going to make this beautiful cake and I have pink grapefruit on my table so the glaze too! Pink is my favorite color 🙂

    Thank you for this recipe Melissa ♥

    • Melissa
      January 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

      You’re welcome, sweetie! Enjoy the cake and have a fabulous weekend! xo

    • Melissa
      January 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I’m going to look up Culina Mundi 🙂 sounds awesome! Enjoy the cake! xo

  6. January 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Melissa, how did I miss this last week, yum! and so pretty! You know I’ve added this to my “list” and pinned it!

    • Melissa
      January 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

      enjoy sweetie!

  7. Cassie
    January 26, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I made this tonight and nobody in the house is a big fan of grapefruit so I changed citrus’ and made it with orange instead and its fantastic! After I put my orange glaze on top I sprinkled a little bit of sugar on it and that made it even more super yumm!

    • Melissa
      January 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Hi Cassie!
      So pleased you like the cake! You definitely have to like grapefruit to like my version, so orange was a great idea 🙂 Thanks for commenting. xo

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