This Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Cake Recipe is easy to make and a perfect winter dessert! Topped with a bright pink citrus icing, it’s a fragrant olive oil-based cake that’s full of bright flavor. Totally vegan and made in a loaf pan!
What is a loaf cake?
A loaf cake is a sweet dessert baked in a rectangular pan that is typically used for baking bread. Typically, loaf cakes have a base of oil (as opposed to butter). There is no difference between a regular cake and a loaf cake other than the type of pan used. If you’ve ever made banana or zucchini bread, you’ve made a version of a “loaf cake.” Pound cakes are also often made this way. I chose a loaf for this recipe because it’s a fairly standard pan size that many people have in their kitchens.
How long do you bake a loaf cake?
A loaf cake usually needs at least an hour in the oven. This is because the loaf pan is rather deep and to fully set the batter, it needs at least 60 minutes in a moderately heated (350 degrees F) oven. If you are using a glass plan, bear in mind that it may take longer to heat up and will retain heat once removed from the oven. Glass pans can also cause the sides of a loaf to bake more quickly than the top or bottom. Before removing your cake to cool, always test it by sticking a toothpick or knife into the center, pressing down to the bottom. If it emerges without many sticking crumbs, it is fully baked.
What size is a loaf cake pan?
Usually, loaf pans have dimensions of 8.5 inches long, 4.5 inches high, and 2.5 inches deep. If you particular pan is slightly larger or smaller than this it should not make much of a difference.
How to Make a Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf Cake with Olive Oil
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a standard-size loaf pan
- In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, yogurt, poppyseeds, grapefruit juice, milk, sugar, zest, and vanilla extract. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Carefully combine wet and dry ingredients.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
- While cake is cooling, whisk ingredients for glaze in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of cake and enjoy!
What are the benefits of baking with olive oil?
- Olive oil cakes are naturally very moist, and thus can last covered on the counter for at least 5 days without drying out. Butter-based cakes, on the other hand, are more prove to crumbling or becoming dry a day or two after preparing.
- It is naturally plant-based and heart-healthy.
- Olive oil lends a slightly herbal flavor to baked goods. Try to bake with a rather mild variety, as something sharply pungent may overwhelm the other flavors of your loaf.