This citrus-spiked sheet cake is a Texas potluck favorite.
Yield: serves 12
- 3 pink grapefruits
- 2⁄3 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more
- 3 cups cake flour, plus more
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 lb. cream cheese, softened
- 2 1⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Zest 1 grapefruit to make 2 tsp. zest; set aside. Peel and segment grapefruits; set aside. Squeeze juice from remaining pulp, reserving 1⁄2 cup plus 1 tbsp.; set aside.
- Heat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9″ x 13″ baking dish; set aside. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Into a large bowl, beat remaining butter and sugar with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add 1⁄2 cup of the reserved juice, milk, and vanilla; stir. Add flour mixture; stir until combined. Line bottom of pan with half the reserved grapefruit; add batter; smooth top with a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 40–45 minutes; let cool.
- In a large bowl, beat reserved zest, remaining juice, and cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar 1⁄2 cup at a time; beat until smooth. Spread frosting over cake; top with the remaining grapefruit segments. Chill.