The Hollywood Brown Derby: Grapefruit Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Hollywood Brown Derby Dining Area
The Hollywood Brown Derby Dining Area

From The Hollywood Brown Derby comes a unique cake that will be sure to end your delicious meal on the right note! The Hollywood Brown Derby is located inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is a 2 credit Disney Dining Plan option. This fine dining experience is a great in the park dining location! This is the grapefruit cake with cream cheese frosting. This summery cake is certainly unique and is a great light dessert to have with the Florida heat!

Cake Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons grapefruit juice

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)

1 can (16 ounces) grapefruit sections, drained well

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Cake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with waxed paper and lightly grease the paper.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, oil, water, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture.

  4. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar just until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Invert the cake, still in the pan, and cool on a wire rack.

  6. Run a spatula or a table knife around the edge of the cake. Carefully remove the cake from the pan. With a seated knife, cut cake horizontally into 2, even slices.

  7. Spread cream cheese frosting on the bottom half of the cake. Top with several grapefruit sections. Cover with the second layer of the cake and frost the top and the sides.

  8. Serve the cake garnished with remaining grapefruit sections.

Grapefruit Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Grapefruit Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

6 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Cream Cheese Frosting Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until well blended. Add the food coloring, if desired.

Disneyfy your summer cake with a fresh grapefruit cake with cream cheese frosting from The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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