Grapefruit Cake with Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 1/2 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon grapefruit zest
3 tablespoon grapefruit juice
3   egg yolks
3   egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 (6-ounce) packages cream cheese
2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 to 8 drops yellow food coloring
1 (1-pound) can grapefruit sections, well drained





Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. 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 dry ingredients. Add water, oil, zest, 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 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 grapefruit juice and 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. 

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By Danny on May 28, 2013


Very disappointed I could not find your recipe for Orange Cake...I had it at a dinner party and was told it was your recipe... (only found the orange coffee cake and the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting that goes with the Orange Cake). Also was unable to "Pin" any of your recipes because there is no image on most of them. I went to your Pinterest Board but could not find the recipes I was interested in (that were posted on your website.) After a half hour I finally copy/pasted one recipe into word and had to reformat the whole thing so now in frustration I am leaving your website with only one recipe (the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting that was on the cake I can't find). PJ

By PJ on March 10, 2013


this sounds very good I can't wait to try it

By Marge on March 04, 2011


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By rachael sinanan on December 16, 2010


We made this cake yesterday after seeing it on Paula's show. The cake itself is delicious, but I would put more powdered sugar in the frosting next time (maybe twice as much as the recipe calls for)- it almost tasted like straight cream cheese. Also, I probably would bake it in two cake pans since the cake is so fluffy. The outside was definitely done, but the middle was a little raw. Maybe after making those adjustments I'd give it 5 stars.

By Ellen & Phoebe on July 13, 2009

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