Friday, July 27, 2012

Grapefruit Cake Recipe from The Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I'll be honest, when I first heard about a "Grapefruit Cake"
I imagined it would be tart and bitter tasting but I was 100% wrong.
I have never been a fan of grapefruits...until now.
This cake is light and refreshing with a cool citrus taste in every bite.
Add to that the sweet and tangy flavor of the Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting
and you have the perfect combination!

Grapefruit Cake from The Brown Derby
*makes one (4 layer) 8 or 9-inch round cake

Cake Ingredients:

1 boxed white cake mix
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Add oil, grapefruit juice, lemon rind and 3 egg yolks. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, pour 3 egg whites and cream of tartar. Mix on high with electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

Fold the egg white mixture into the batter until there are no more lumps. Pour evenly into two 8 or 9-inch cake rounds that have been greased and floured or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Remove cakes from oven and cool completely. Slice each cake in half so you have four layers.

Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

12 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons ruby red grapefruit juice
2 (15 ounce) cans ruby red grapefruit sections, drained

Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting Directions:

Beat softened cream cheese with an elecric mixer until fluffy. Add lemon juice and rind. Mix well. Pour in 1 cup of the powdered sugar then blend again. Do this for the 3 remaining cups of powdered sugar, mixing well after each. Add 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice and blend one last time.

Set aside a few of the grapefruit sections to garnish the finished cake. Dump the remaining grapefruit sections into a medium-size bowl and mash with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Divide the mashed grapefruit into 4 equal containers. Set aside.

Cake Assembly Directions:

Take one layer of cake and place it on your serving platter. Spread one container of the mashed grapefruit on top. Top with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. Place the second cake layer on top and repeat with a layer of grapefruit and frosting. Repeat this process for the third cake layer. Place the fourth and final layer of cake on top (don't spread grapefruit on this one). Frost the top and sides of the entire cake. Now spread the last of the mashed grapefruit on top of the frosted cake. Chill in fridge at least 1 hour before slicing. Serve with a few grapefruit sections as garnish. Mmmmm. :)

*Click below to watch this recipe being made in a step-by-step video on The Disney Diner's YouTube Channel. And don't forget to SUBSCRIBE so you can be updated on future episode and recipes.* ***Enjoy!***


  1. I've heard so many rave reviews about this cake at the "Brown Derby". I'm excited to make it! thanks so much

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