Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Yield
Makes 10 to 12 servings
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Cake: Grate zest from grapefruit to equal 3 Tbsp. Cut grapefruit in half, and squeeze juice to equal 10 Tbsp.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together melted butter, 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl.

Step 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.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour.

Step 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.

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