Grapefruit cake with grapefruit cream cheese frosting

  • 210g flour, sifted
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp grapefruit zest
  • 3 tsp grapefruit juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 eggs whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • For the grapefruit cream cheese frosting
  • 340g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest
  • 105g icing sugar, sifted
  • 6 to 8 drops yellow food colouring
  • 450g tin grapefruit sections, well drained
1) Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Line a 20-cm cake tin with greaseproof paper and spray with nonstick oil.

2) Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre for wet 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 tin.

3) 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 across to get two layers.

For the grapefruit cream cheese frosting:

1) 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 colouring. Crush several grapefruit sections to measure 2 teaspoons. Blend into frosting.

2) 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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