Grapefruit Cake with Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 40 MINUTES

2 ratings


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grapefruit zest, plus 1 teaspoon for frosting
  • 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice, plus 2 teaspoons for frosting
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 6oz) packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 to 8 drops yellow food coloring, (optional)
  • 1 (16 oz) can grapefruit sections, well drained


Preheat oven at 350°. Line cake pan with waxed paper and spray with nonstick oil.


Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center for wet ingredients. Add water, oil, 1/2 teaspoon zest, 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice and egg yolks. Beat until smooth. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar separately until whites are stiff but not dry. Gradually fold egg whites into flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just blended. Do not stir the mixture.


Pour batter into prepared 9" cake pan.


Bake for 25 minutes or until cake springs back when gently touched with a finger. Invert pan on cake rack to cool. Run spatula around edge of cake. Carefully remove from pan. With a serrated knife, gently cut layer in half.


Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting:


Let cream cheese soften to room temperature. Beat cheese until fluffy. Add 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice and 1 teaspoon zest. Gradually blend in sugar. Mix until well blended. Add food coloring. Crush several grapefruit sections to measure 2 teaspoons.


Blend into frosting. Spread frosting on bottom half of cake. Top with several grapefruit sections. Cover with second layer of cake. Frost top and sides. Garnish with remaining grapefruit sections.

Grapefruit Cake with Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting


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The PDN Web 1/8/2015
Thanks for those

Thanks for those catches, Anthony! We've updated the recipe.

anthony 1/8/2015
great cake but r

great cake but recipe may need a couple of edits. first, where you create a well in dry ingredients, it needs the well for the WET ingredients, not for more DRY ingredients. also, what size cake pan?

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