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Fresh Grapefruit Cake

This dessert's particularly good for a backyard barbecue. My husband enjoys it, and our 2-year-old son thinks we're having a picnic, whenever I serve it—even if we're not! In fact, it's the only way I can get him to eat grapefruit.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in zest and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with grapefruit juice. Beat just until combined. Stir in milk.
  • Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, combine the sugar, egg whites, corn syrup and salt in a large heavy saucepan over low heat or double boiler over simmering water. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand bowl; gradually add the grapefruit juice, zest and vanilla. Beat on high until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes. Spread between layers and frost entire cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 346 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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