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Grapefruit Almond Cake and Sorbet

A delicate almond cake, flavoured with grapefruit, served with a grapefruit-infused sorbet....ah, heaven

January 21st, 2016

Chef Cory Vitiello, for Florida Department of Citrus

If you like grapefruit, this is the dessert for you. Almond cake, sorbet and a garnish, all full of the tart but delicious flavours of Florida. We can imagine eating this on the balcony of a Florida hotel, gazing out at the ocean...even in the middle of February in Canada.
  • 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
  • 1 1⁄4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • CAKE
  • 2 Florida grapefruit zested
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
  • 1⁄2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more at room temperature for buttering the pan
  • 1⁄2 cup crushed almonds
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1 cup of unsweetened whipped cream
  1. Combine all the sorbet ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, cooking for about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and let the sorbet base cool. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Butter a 10-inch round cake or springform pan, dust with flour, and tap out any excess.

  3. In a large bowl work the grapefruit zest, butter and sugar together with your fingertips until fragrant and perfumed.

  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs in to the sugar grapefruit mixture one at a time until the mixture is light and fluffy, for approximately three-five minutes.

  5. Slowly stream in the milk, olive oil and Florida grapefruit juice. Add the almond flour, baking powder and flour and gently mix until just incorporated.

  6. Evenly spread the batter in a cake pan and place in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the centre is baked but still moist and a tooth pick comes out clean.

  7. Let the cake cool, break into rustic pieces, serve with grapefruit segments, fresh whipped cream, crushed almonds and grapefruit sorbet.

Grapefruit Almond Cake and Sorbet
Barry Cheong

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