Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake with a Hint of Mint

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Author Notes: Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley we were blessed to have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. In our yard we had grapefruit, orange, lime and tangerine trees, plus a peach and many pecan trees. My dad would squeeze OJ for us and my mom made grapefruit wine. This cake is adapted from Gourmet Magazine's Citrus Chiffon Cake. It's moist and light with subtle flavors of both the grapefruit and mint.nannydeb

Food52 Review: WHO: nannydeb is a former restaurant manager (slash waitress, bartender, and more) from Austin, TX.
WHAT: A citrus-kissed cake that has a gloriously soft crumb, topped with a mint-flecked glaze.
HOW: It's as simple as stirring the wet ingredients into the dry and adding stiffly-beaten egg whites, plus the glaze needs just a bowl and a spoon.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The cake's pillowy texture and heady grapefruit flavor contrasts with the crunchy-sweet mint glaze for a cake we'll look forward to at breakfast and dessert alike.
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Serves 10-12

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cups canola oil
  • 2/3 cup, plus 1 tablespoon fresh grapefruit juice, divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, minced
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 10 inch bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together egg yolks, oil, 2/3 cup grapefruit juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Mix this mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
  4. In yet another large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until it forms soft peaks. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar one tablespoon at a time and beat until it forms stiff peaks.
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter and spoon it into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert it onto the serving plate. Set aside to cool completely.
  7. For the icing, combine the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice and mint. Add powdered sugar and/or juice to get the consistency you want. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake and serve.
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25 days ago jennyk

Made the cake yesterday as our tree is just bursting with fruit. I have to say one of the nicest cakes I've ever had. Eggs were from our chooks so it had a lovely yellow colour and mint from the garden. :) so fluffy

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5 months ago njlioness

Just came across your recipe, I adore grapefruit anything! Do you think olive oil could be substituted for the canola oil? Perhaps a lighter grade would not impart any flavor?

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over 1 year ago Mollyh

Has anyone tried this using grapefruit zest instead of lemon?

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over 1 year ago Kari2011

Made this for a dinner party tonight. Dying to bite into it now!

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almost 2 years ago ElisaLouk

Made this last night and it was GREAT. The eggs folded in make the cake so unbelievably moist and bouncy :-) Love the hint of grapefruit. I think I will add a little more juice next time for a stronger hint.

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Took half the cake into the office - it was a HIT. Perfect texture, special frosting. Will definitely be making this again. and soon. Thank you

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

Thanks KB!

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Just made this - delicious. Used a combo of orange and lemon juice as I didn't have any grapefruit. About to make the frosting! Thank you for a great and easy recipe!

BTW, I didn't have cream of tartar so I added about two teaspoons of lemon juice to the egg whites before beating them. I also started the process with (Step 4) whipping the egg whites and then mixing the flour and other liquids together.

It wasn'teasy to get my cake out of the bundt but in the end, it was ok, save for one broken bit which i eagerly ate up. Thank you,

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over 2 years ago Hark

Refreshing; really light grapefruit flavor. I was worried when I saw how much batter it made, and when it expanded so much in the oven, but it compressed down to normal size once I let it rest on the cooling rack for a while. I also had to use much more than 1 tbsp of grapefruit juice to make the icing pourable. Great recipe.

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Hi nannydeb, I've been meaning to let you know I made this for an all day party and we enjoyed it for breakfast!! It is such a lovely cake. I did not have lemon so subbed lime and grapefruit zest and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

Thanks gingerroot! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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over 2 years ago cheese1227

I love this picture and I am sure I woudl love this cake. It is the same color as the walls in my kitchen!

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over 2 years ago kaupilimakoa

congrats! that was an awesome cake. Sophie can't wait to make one at home!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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This cake has a lovely crumb, and is delicately grapefruit flavored. The mint icing is a perfect complement to it, too! Thanks, nannydeb!

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over 2 years ago LocalSavour

Looks amazing ~ Congrats!

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over 2 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Congrats Nannydeb! What a wonderful looking recipe!

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over 2 years ago Lucy Mercer

Just baked this cake - it's beautiful and smells soooo good! No mint in the garden, but I candied the grapefruit peels for a garnish.

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over 2 years ago Lucy Mercer

I took the cake to work & it got rave reviews. No mint in the glaze, but no one missed it. It's a lovely, tender cake with a light citrus flavor.

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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We had this today at out post race potluck - it is fantastic! Me, Hardlikearmor, Nannydeb, Arielleclementine, Helenthenanny, Kaupilimakoa, Mr L, TiminA, and Bethy, and Sophie and Henry The Great!!! all agree - DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEElicious!!! (oh and Ginger too!!)

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

wholeheartedly agree!! way to go nannydeb!

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over 2 years ago culture_connoisseur

I LOVE the addition of the mint! Will definitely be making this soon!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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This cake is absolutely delicious! I have never had a cake with grapefruit before and its wonderful. I love the mint in the glaze. The texture is perfect. A fantastic recipe and a big hit with everyone, even the kids.

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over 2 years ago SavoryinSTL

Was looking for something to take to a potluck tonight...love food52 and there was your beautiful cake just waiting for me. It's in the oven right now. Had everything on hand except for the mint (um, sort of crucial!) but I made candied grapefruit peel at Christmas and have that. My plan: finely cut the candied grapefruit peel and sprinkle on top of glaze. Thanks nannydeb!

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over 2 years ago TastefullyKimS

I love grapfruit, I am definitely trying this recipe.

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over 2 years ago Hilarybee

I love! this recipe.It's a great chiffon cake, and I think the grapefruit is surprising and in season. I think I might adapt this recipe for my bakeshop, I love it so much.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I want to make this cake for a party this Sunday and wondered what you think about using Pomelo juice instead of grapefruit. Do you think that would work? I happen to have several on hand but can go get grapefruit if you don't think it would work in this recipe.

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

Pomelo should work just fine! I made your Texas Chocolate cake last weekend and it was delicious!

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

I think pomelo would work just fine! I made your Texas Chocolate cake on last weekend and it was delicious!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks, making the cake today will let you know how it turns out with pomelo, I may end up getting grapefruit if they have it at the food coop, working there this morning. Glad you liked the Chocolate cake, it was one of my favorites as a child. I lived in Texas (Houston) from Jr. high through college.

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over 2 years ago Rachel Gaffney

I just voted for this...EH, YUM !
Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe. Of course, being in Dallas, I wanted to support you !

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

The photo is to die for - James Ransom - I want to meet you! Nannydeb, fab cake. Fab. Congratulations

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Congrats, Nannydeb!! This sounds amazing. My daughter and I both love grapefruit and I can't wait to make your cake!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations, Nannydeb! The combo of grapefruit and mint is inspired. I can't wait to try a slice of this when I'm in Austin this weekend (hint, hint!)

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

Wow! What a surprise! Thanks ya'll!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Yay Nannydeb! I had a feeling.......

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Way to go Nannydeb! I knew beyond a doubt that this would be a finalist from the moment I saw it!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! What a gorgeous cake - love your combination of grapefruit and mint together.

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Yahoo nANnydeb! This cake rocks!! Congrats.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

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I've loved this cake since you first posted the recipe! Congratulations on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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I love, love, love this cake!! My mouth started watering when I first saw this recipe -- and now, it's on my Super Bowl party menu. I cannot wait to make/taste it. Congratulations!! ;o)

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This sounds just wonderful, nannydeb!!! I love the grapefruit used like this. Good luck!!!

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

congratulations nannydeb!!! you're a rock star- can't wait to try this cake!

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Congratulations, nannydeb. I saved this as soon as you posted it the other day and will make it ASAP for sure. Looks beautiful!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Congrats nannydeb!!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

This sounds AWESOME! congratulations on the finalist pick!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congrats on being a finalist, I think this cake is fantastic. Love the grapefruit and mint combination.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

This sounds great, and I love the cowgirl platter!

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over 2 years ago Waverly

Your cake looks delicious. Love those Ruby Reds from The Valley!

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over 2 years ago Lucy Mercer

What a lovely cake! I have some grapefruit kickin' around that need to be used up. This may be just the ticket. I noticed that it uses lemon zest instead of the grapefruit zest - I wonder if grapefruit zest would work as well? (Successfully avoided "a-peel-ing" pun there.)

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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My favorite citrus salad is simple red grapefruit and mint. This is so wonderful, love it!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Nannydeb, this looks totally lipsmacking!

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about 3 years ago checker

I am on a huge grapefruit kick right now. A bit out of season, I suppose, but it is just so darn refreshing. And with the mint - perfect for a hot and humid day like this!

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over 3 years ago TheGourmetExperiment

I have never heard of such thing, this is great! I have 3 grapefruits in the fridge and they now have a purpose...thanks!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Love this!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Yum, just saved this. Sounds so good!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

this looks incredible!! imma try it soon!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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What a gorgeous cake! i'm curious as to what the texture is like. Last year I was trying to make lemon cupcakes with fresh lemon juice, and I found that the acidity make the cakes more like a pudding and a little gummy. I wonder if cream of tartar would offset that?

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

This cake has a spongy consistancy, not overly moist and not gummy. I think the eggwhites/cream of tartar are the reason. Otherwise, it might be more like a pound cake with all of those eggs. I should've taken a picture of the inside, but they all but licked the cake plate clean...

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Oh my gosh, this sounds lovely!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Thanks! It was gobbled up at work today...

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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OK well if you aren't going to deliver me a piece of this I guess I have to make one very soon. Looks SO GOOD!!!!!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

There are two pieces left, going fast!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Whoa Nelly! This sounds real good nannydeb. Digging the cowboy plate, too.

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Why thank ya, ma'am!