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Pink Grapefruit Layer Cake

Fruit kissed by the sun welcomes this light and luscious Pink Grapefruit Layer Cake.

Citrus growing in the garden.

Smell the scent of the fragrant flowers.

Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits.

So much fruit adorn the branches.

Bending gently as ripened, too heavy fruit falls to the ground.

Citrus is the inspiration for summer.

Refreshing as the sweet and tart fruit squirts into your mouth.

The sun has kissed these kindly.

And the soil has spurted their growth.

The citrus is delicate. The oil is light.

Brought together makes a wonderful combination.

Light and refreshing cake.

New and intriguing flavor.

Delightful.

As summer comes to an end.

Drench yourself in the sunny flavors of citrus.

Stimulate your senses.

Soft pink. Pale yellow.

A beautiful dessert worth remembering.

PINK GRAPEFRUIT LAYER CAKE

Ingredients:

For the Cake:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2/3 cup Algee oil*
1/2 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons pink grapefruit zest

For the Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 lb. (about 4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
2-4 tablespions freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2-3 drops red food coloring

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray, line with parchment paper, then sprayed again, and set aside.

in a large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs for about 5 minutes until light yellow and thick.

In a separate large bowl add the flor, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined. And, to a medium bowl add the yogurt, oil, grapefruit juice and grapefruit zest and mix until well blended.

With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/3 of the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Repeat twice. Do not over mix.

Divide the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes; until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then remove cakes from pans and let cool completely.

When the cake is cool, make the frosting. In a large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip the butter on high-speed for about 5 minutes – until light and fluffy. Tune the mixer to low-speed and add the confectioners sugar, grapefruit juice, heavy cream, and the red food coloring (one drop at a time until you get the color you prefer). Turn up the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

To assemble the cake, put the first cake on stand or plate, add 1/4 of the frosting, top with the second cake, 1/4 of the frosting, then the third cake, and top with 1/4 of the frosting. Use the remaining frosting for the sides and smooth with an offset spatula.

Slice. Serve. Enjoy!

Sweetly,

Sheila

 

* I won a bottle of Algee Oil from Raley’s, thanks!

{cake inspired by BHG}

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Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Unwind from the world or your crazy week with this refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

What do you do with leftover watermelon? Easy. Toss it into your blender and make pure, delicious watermelon juice.

What do you do with fresh ruby-red grapefruit hanging from your tree in the backyard? Easy. Juice the succulent fruit and use it in your favorite summertime recipes.

Combine these two juices together and you get a unique and refreshing drink.

Add a bit of tequila and you get a wonderful summertime cocktail.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

And that’s just what happened around here.

You see, my teen son had a party last Friday night and he insisted on getting a large watermelon for me to slice up for the bunch. Happily I did, however mind you, that only a couple of slices were eaten — these kids were more interested in the candy, pretzels and pizza! Go figure!

The next morning I was contemplating what I could do with all the leftover watermelon. I mean, we can only eat so much of the stuff. Then it came to me — make some kind of delicious drink. But not just a watermelon drink. I wanted something that had a special zing and freshness from citrus.

Ah, ha…I had it…I quickly picked a few large grapefruits from my tree, juiced them, chopped the watermelon and whirled it up in my blender, then added some fresh lime juice and agave nectar — delightful! The perfect afternoon refreshment.

But then when the evening approached, I was craving an adult drink — so I poured tequila to the pretty juice and the rest is history!

This Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita really hit the spot — my nerves slowly unwound from the long night of hosting a bunch of crazy teens for 5 hours; the loud music, dancing, swimming, movie watching, girls screeching, boys being boys, unending food, fireworks and the clean-up, all started to become a faded memory!

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 cup fresh watermelon juice*
1/2 cup freshly squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz. good quality gold Tequila

Directions
Add watermelon juice, grapefruit juice, agave nectar and lime juice to a large cocktail shaker or measuring cup and stir.

Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice. Add 1 oz. of tequila to each of the glasses then pour the watermelon-grapefruit mixture to fill the glasses and stir well.

Garnish with fresh watermelon and grapefruit slices.

This recipe can easily be doubled.

*To make the watermelon juice. Cut seedless watermelon into 1-inch chunks. Place into blender and pulse until completely blended and liquid. Pour through a mesh strainer to remove any pulp.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

So, if you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, be sure to enjoy it while sipping on this cool and fresh Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Sheila