Recipe: Grapefruit Cake #DHSAwareness

Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake
Today, in honor of Studios Awareness Week, I head over to the Brown Derby and review the popular Grapefruit Cake!

1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs (separated)
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into mixing bowl. Make a well in center of dry ingredients.

Stirring Batter
Step 2:
Add water, oil, egg yolks, grapefruit juice, and lemon rind. Beat until smooth.

Step 3:
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar separately, until whites are stiff but not dry.

Step 4:
Gradually fold egg whites into the cake batter, folding gently with a rubber spatula until just blended. Do not stir the mixture.

Pouring the Cake
Step 5:
Pour into an ungreased 10-inch cake pan. Bake at 350º degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger. Invert pan on cake rack until cool. Run spatula around edge of cake. Carefully remove from pan. With a serrated knife, gently cut layer in half.

Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting

2 six-ounce packages of cream cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
6 to 8 drops yellow food coloring
1 one-pound can grapefruit sections (well-drained), reserving 2 tablespoons of juice OR 3 fresh grapefruits, peeled, sectioned, and drained, reserving 2 tablespoons of juice.

Step 1:
Let cream cheese soften at room temperature. Beat until fluffy.

Step 2:
Add lemon juice and rind.

Step 3:
Gradually blend in sugar. Beat until well blended. Add food coloring.

Grapefruit Frosting
Step 4:
Add reserved grapefruit and blend into frosting.

Step 5:
Divide the frosting evenly into two bowls. Roughly chop 2/3 of the grapefruit sections and add them to half the frosting. Spread this mixture on the bottom half of cake. Top with several grapefruit sections. Cover with second layer of cake. Frost top and sides. Garnish with remaining grapefruit sections.

Happy Birthday to me!

My fiancee made this cake for me for my birthday and it turned out really well! The cake was really soft and had a nice citrus taste. The creaminess of the cream cheese was a nice contrast to the acidity of the grapefruit. Personally, I thought the grapefruit on top was a little much, but overall it was really good. I would love to try this with oranges instead of grapefruit sometime.

If you enjoy the Grapefruit Cake at the Brown Derby, you will definitely enjoy this!

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4 Responses to Recipe: Grapefruit Cake #DHSAwareness

  1. The cake looks like it came out really well! Now I’m hungry….

  2. We had lunch at Brown Derby for the first time a few weeks back, and were sure to try the cake. Good stuff indeed!

  3. Mark says:

    I’m not a big fan of grapefruit at all but I wonder if you could substitute something like oranges into it.. Looks good though!

  4. Ashleigh says:

    Mark, when I took a bite of it that’s when I remembered I don’t like grapefruit lol. I think it would be REALLY good with oranges, though! I may have to try that sometime and report back!

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