To get the highest, lightest cake, be sure to use a regular – not nonstick – tube pan. Serve with ruby red grapefruit segments.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2008
- 2 1/4 cups sifted cake-and-pastry flour
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons grated grapefruit rind
- 3/4 cups strained red grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 8 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 1/3 cup red grapefruit juice (approx)
MethodIn large bowl, sift together flour, 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the sugar, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, grapefruit rind, grapefruit juice and oil; pour over flour mixture and whisk just until smooth. Set aside.
In large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; beat in cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining sugar, 2 tbsp (25 mL) at a time, until stiff peaks form; fold one-quarter into batter. Fold in remaining whites. Scrape into 10-inch (4 L) tube pan. Run spatula through batter to eliminate any air bubbles; smooth top.
Bake in bottom third of 350°F (180°C) oven for about 40 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn pan upside down and let cake hang on legs attached to pan, or on bottle, until completely cooled.
Run knife around inside of pan and tube. (Make-ahead: Invert into plastic wrap–lined airtight container; fold plastic wrap over cake. Cover and store for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Turn out, bottom side up, onto cake plate.
Icing: In bowl, whisk sugar with grapefruit juice, adding up to 1 tbsp (15 mL) more juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) at a time, if too thick to spoon. Spoon over top of cake, letting excess run down sides.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 210 mg
- Protein 5 g
- Calories 459.0
- Total fat 12 g
- Cholesterol 102 mg
- Saturated fat 2 g
- Total carbohydrate 84 g
- Iron 14.0
- Folate 17.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 5.0
- Vitamin C 15.0