Make a showstopper holiday treat: tender white cake layered with tangy grapefruit curd and topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting. To make it more spectacular add a little toasted coconut and some citrus garnishes. Your guests will never guess you started with a convenient boxed mix. —Carmell Childs, Ferron, UT
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 3 large eggs
- GRAPEFRUIT FILLING:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon ruby red grapefruit juice
- 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
- 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Additional coconut, toasted, optional
- Orange and grapefruit slices
- Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first eight ingredients; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28-32 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, for grapefruit filling, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in water and grapefruit juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat; gently stir in butter. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Cover and refrigerate filling until cold.
- Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate; top with half of cooled grapefruit filling. Repeat layers.
- For frosting, beat cream cheese, sugar, juices and orange peel until blended. Gently fold in whipped cream and 3/4 cup coconut. Frost sides of cake; if desired, lightly frost top of cake, covering grapefruit filling. Refrigerate until cold, 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with toasted coconut if desired. Top with orange and grapefruit slices. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Citrus Layer Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p136