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Grapefruit Pecan Sheet Cake

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Grapefruit Pecan Sheet Cake

The source for today’s recipe is Southern Living Magazine. Easy, full of flavor, and moist. Delicious citrus flavor and incredibly moist, this cake is a winner. One stick of butter and one cup of sugar was sufficient. January is a great time to buy Ruby Red grapefruit. Kroger has organic ones for 50 cents each. That’s the motivation for this recipe!

Yields: 12 servings

  • CAKE
  • 1 Ruby Red grapefruit
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Shortening
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  1. Prepare Cake: Grate zest from grapefruit to equal 3 Tbsp. Cut grapefruit in half, and squeeze juice to equal 10 Tbsp.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together melted butter, 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl.
  3. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in pecans, next 3 ingredients, 2 Tbsp. zest, and butter mixture until smooth. Pour batter into a greased (with shortening) and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.
  4. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour.
  5. Prepare Frosting: Beat cream cheese and softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Add vanilla and remaining 2 Tbsp. grapefruit juice and 1 Tbsp. zest, and beat until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes


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1 Comment

  1. Les Kefauver

    The following critique of the Baked Goods submitted for evaluation on 1/26/16 to the Kefauver assessment panel were as follows:

    A) The first choice item was the Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake, which was moist with a compact consistency that gave the product a feel of fullness. It also had a delicious light sugary icing that, when chilled, gave a “I want more of this” taste. Excellent product!
    B) The Double-Chocolate Snowquake cookie was #2 on my vote because of the deep thru chocolate consistently in the taste. My vote shows appreciation for good chocolate products.
    C) The Banana-Blueberry Muffin was a very good product and a good consistent taste throughout.
    D) The Sweet-Potato Poundcake was good and tasty but lacked a certain zing just slightly missing the full taste bud test, but a tasty product anyway.

    Overall, the products were very good and delightful to taste and enjoy but the grapefruit cake took the top prize. Thank you for the privilege of enjoying your talents. The Kefauver Food Taste and Evaluation Group.


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