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New Disney Recipe: Grapefruit Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

New Disney Recipe: Grapefruit Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Grapefruit Cake Recipe

Just when you thought the Disney cooking sesh for this week was over, we are back with the perfect dessert to round out the celebration of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ 35th anniversary! We’ve got another classic DHS recipe for you to recreate at home, straight from the Hollywood Brown Derby. It’s the famous Grapefruit cake with Cream Cheese Icing, and I can’t wait to make this one! Let’s get started!


From The Hollywood Brown Derby Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

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  • 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 


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar 


  • 1 can (16 ounces) grapefruit sections, drained well 
  • Grapefruit syrup  


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 X 2-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and lightly butter the paper and sides. 
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 
  3. Whisk egg yolks, oil, water, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest until smooth in a medium bowl. Whisk in the flour mixture. 
  4. Beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar just to stiff peaks with an electric or stand mixture. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture with a rubber spatula until just blended. Pour into prepared pan. 
  5. Bake 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 and carefully remove from the pan.  


  1. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on high speed until light and fluffy.   
  2. Add the lemon juice and the lemon zest. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and beat until well blended. Keep covered until ready to frost cake.  


  1. Halve cake horizontally with a serrated knife.  
  2. Spread 1/3 to 1/2 cup frosting over top of first layer to with about 1/4 inch of edge. Top with several grapefruit sections. 
  3. Place second cake layer, rounded side up, on frosted first layer. Frost top and sides with remaining icing. 
  4. To serve, garnish with remaining grapefruit sections and desired amount of grapefruit syrup.  

Always use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents.   
Please supervise children who are helping or nearby. 
This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens.  
The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. 

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

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