Recipe courtesy of The Hollywood Brown Derby

Grapefruit Cake

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2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

5 egg yolks

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup water

1 lemon, zested

2 teaspoons vanilla

8 egg whites, whipped to stiff peaks

Grapefruit Frosting, recipe follows


24 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 pounds fresh grapefruit, sectioned

1 cup powdered sugar

12 drops yellow food coloring

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients then add egg yolks, oil, water, zest, and vanilla and mix well. When incorporated, fold in egg whites. Bake for 1 hour. When cake is cooled, slice in half and frost in between layers, on top and around sides.


  1. Beat cream cheese with lemon juice until fluffy. Mash 6 grapefruit sections into small pieces. Add sugar to cheese mixture along with food coloring, fruit zest and blend will. Add remaining grapefruit.