Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

This delicious cake was loved by all who tried it—including those who don’t normally like grapefruit! The cake is a perfect balance of tart and sweet with an incredibly moist texture. It is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party, essential oil class, bridal or baby shower, or wherever you choose to share it.

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200 g) pure cane sugar
  • 6–8 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) plain greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) flour (all-purpose or pastry ground white whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tsp. (8 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (64 g) coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled

Grapefruit Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (12.5–25 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Grapefruit Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (45 g) powdered sugar
 (more, if needed)
  • 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease baking dish* with coconut oil, and dust lightly with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and grapefruit essential oil together until thoroughly combined. Add yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt; stir together.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix just until flour is incorporated.
  5. Add the coconut oil, and stir until it is fully mixed in.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish. Bake* until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
  7. While the cake is cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, and whisk over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add essential oil, and set aside.
  8. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit essential oil. We found it best to sift the powdered sugar into the grapefruit juice and continue adding sugar until it thickens to a good consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more juice; if it is too runny, add more sugar.
  9. When the cake is done baking, remove the cake from the cake pan, and place on a cake platter. Poke little holes into the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the grapefruit syrup over the cake, and let it soak in while it cools to room temperature.
  10. Once the cake is cool, drizzle the glaze over the cake, and let it run down over the sides. Garnish cake with a grapefruit spiral or slices, if desired.

*Note: You can use a bread pan, a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan, or another baking dish. We used a 7-inch (18 cm) glass heat-proof bowl. If you use a bread pan, the cake will need to cook for 50 minutes. In a cake pan, it will need to bake for 25–30 minutes. Our cake took 65 minutes to finish cooking.

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites

If you need a grab-and-go breakfast, give these Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites a try! You’ll also give your breakfast a boost in flavor and health benefit by adding a drop of essential oil. For easier eating on the run, just insert a wooden craft stick into each bite before freezing.

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites

  • Time: 5–10 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt, plain or flavored
  • Fruit (such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, sliced strawberries, or diced mangoes)
  • Granola (try Mango Coconut Granola)
  • Essential oil (such as lime, lemon, orange, or grapefruit)
  • Silicone mold or ice cube tray

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 drop of essential oil with 3/4–1 cup of yogurt.
  2. Place a little dollop of yogurt in each section of the silicone mold or ice cube tray.
  3. Sprinkle a little granola and a layer of fruit on top of the yogurt, and then cover with more yogurt. (Optional: Add a toothpick or wooden craft stick to each mold.)
  4. Place silicone mold or ice cube tray in the freezer for 2 hours or more until frozen.

Flavor Suggestions:

  • Strawberry-Lime: Mix 1 drop lime essential oil with 1 cup plain, berry-flavored, or neutral-flavored yogurt (like vanilla or honey). Add strawberry slices.
  • Lemon-Berry: Mix 1 drop lemon essential oil with 1 cup plain, berry-flavored, or neutral-flavored yogurt (like vanilla or honey). Add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries.
  • Coconut-Grapefruit: Mix 1 drop grapefruit essential oil with 1 cup plain or neutral flavored (like honey or vanilla) yogurt. Add coconut flakes.
  • Orange-Mango: Mix 1 drop orange essential oil with 1 cup plain or neutral flavored (like honey or vanilla) yogurt. Add diced mangoes.

Sunshine & Rainbows Diffuser Blend

Looking for something to diffuse for St. Patrick’s Day? Try this blend in your diffuser! It is a great spring scent that may remind you of sunshine and rainbows!

Essential Oil Breath Spray

No one likes to have bad breath. Rather than keeping mints or gum in your pocket or purse, try using this simple breath spray instead. Not only is it made of all-natural ingredients, but you can customize the flavor or scent.

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Some essential oils to try:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Protective Blend
  • Respiratory Blend
  • A combination of lemon, orange, and grapefruit

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Essential Oil Breath Spray

  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place a few drops of emulsifier or a small pinch of Epsom salt in the spray bottle (this helps disperse the essential oils through the water).
  2. Add desired essential oil(s), and fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Screw lid on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use, shake the bottle, then spray a few times in your mouth as needed.

Note: Some great essential oils to use as breath fresheners are peppermint, spearmint, Protective Blend, Respiratory Blend, or a combination of lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

Diffuser Blends on a Budget

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are still fairly inexpensive.

These oils include the following (from lowest to highest in price):

  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Diffuser Blends

Say Good Morning!:
3 drops orange
3 drops peppermint
It’s a Great Day!:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
2 drops rosemary
Be Energized:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
Fresh Air:
2 drops melaleuca
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
Breathe Easy:
3 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
Sparkling Clean:
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
1 drop lavender
1 drop rosemary
Be Happy:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
2 drops lime
Relaxation:
3 drops lavender
3 drops lemon
Lift Me Up:
4 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
Relieve Your Sinuses:
3 drops peppermint
1 drop lavender
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange
Citrus Bomb:
2 drops orange
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
Summertime
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops lavender
1 drop lemon
1 drop peppermint

Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

This moisturizing hand and body wash smells delightful and will leave you feeling refreshed each time you use it!

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Moisturizing Citrus Hand and Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=3/4 cup of soap concentrate
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl, and whisk gently to combine.
  2. Pour roughly 1/4 cup of soap solution in the 8 oz. foamer bottle; fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  3. To use, shake to combine as needed and pump a little out to wash your hands or body as you normally would.

Notes:

  1. Because foamer bottles need water added, this recipe will fill three 8 oz. foamer bottles. If you only have one bottle to fill, you can store the solution in a glass container until you need to refill your soap bottle.
  2. We liked the foaming action of the 8 oz. foamer bottle, but if you would rather use the soap solution undiluted, you can also use an 8 oz. plastic bottle with pump top, an 8 oz. glass bottle with a pump top, or two 4 oz. glass bottles with pump tops.

Citrus Spice Diffuser Blend

This combination of citrus and spice essential oils will make your house smell wonderful when diffused!
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Grapefruit


Grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of a grapefruit and has a fresh, citrusy scent. Many of the uses for grapefruit oil are similar to other citrus oils. However, grapefruit oil does not cause as much photosensitivity as other citrus oils do, so it can be used in their place when immediate exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Grapefruit is primarily used for addictions (drugs), anorexia, suppressing appetite, bulimia, cellulite, dry throat, edema, gallbladder stones, hangovers, decongesting the lymphatic system, mental stress, miscarriage (after), obesity, overeating, performance stress, PMS, slimming/toning, and withdrawal.

Grapefruit oil may also help with cancer, depression, eating disorders, fatigue, jet lag, liver disorders, migraine headaches, premenstrual tension, stress, and sympathetic nervous system stimulation. It may also have a cleansing effect on the kidneys, the lymphatic system, and the vascular system.

Aromatically, grapefruit oil is balancing and uplifting to the mind and may help to relieve anxiety. It blends well with basil, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.

If you are looking for a great way to share grapefruit essential oil with your friends and associates, we suggest you check out our Grapefruit Sample Card. You can give this card away with a sample vial of grapefruit essential oil. The card also has space on the back so that you can include your personal contact information.

We want your feedback! Tell us how using grapefruit essential oil has changed your life in a meaningful way. If we use your testimonial on our new Grapefruit Premium Sample Cards, we will send you a packet of them for free once they are printed!

Source:

Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, p. 96