This was supposed to be the beautiful cake featured in Gale Gand's Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs book. It is the Brown Derby's Grapefruit Cake. Grapefruit rind is in the white cake and it is finished off with a cream cheese frosting. Sections of grapefruit are in the layer and atop the cake. At work, we recently had a reference question involving the Brown Derby, and when I saw this recipe and photo in the book, I thought I would give it a try.
Everything started out great! I went to Sur la Table and picked up some even-bake strips. These are awesome! Although my finished cake sucked, these worked so well! You soak them in water and then strap them onto the outside of the cake pan. The name is even-bake strips, and well, they do just that! My cake, as you can see, is nice and even and doesn't have that unsightly dome in the center. Wow. Baking supplies rock!
Then I sectioned my organic pink grapefruit. I tried a couple slices and it was tasty. However, when all assembled with the cream cheese frosting, it was a combo of bitter, sweet, cream cheese and soft cake (although the layers were darn even). Mr. Trashcan comes back to visit!
I think I need to go to the Brown Derby at Disneyworld and try it to see what I'm doing wrong!