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Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes

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Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes

Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes
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total prep 218 calories/serving


  • Cupcakes
  • 11/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 11/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp each baking soda and salt
  • 1/4 cup each oil and water
  • 3 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1 tsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 tsp each freshly grated grapefruit and lemon peel
  • Frosting
  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp each freshly grated grapefruit and lemon peel
  • 11/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 drops red food color
  • 3 cups grapefruit segments, preferably Ruby Red
  • Garnish: mint leaves


  • Cupcakes: Heat oven to 350°F. Line 16 regular-size (21⁄2-in. diam) muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
  • Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in center; put oil, water, egg yolks, 3 Tbsp grapefruit juice and the grated peels in well. Whisk liquids to mix, then whisk with flour mixture just until blended and smooth.
  • Beat egg whites in a medium bowl with mixer on high speed until frothy. Add remaining 1 tsp grapefruit juice; beat just until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted. With a rubber spatula, stir 1⁄3 the beaten egg whites into the cupcake batter, then gently fold in remaining whites just until blended. Spoon 1⁄4 cup into each lined cup.
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes until tops are browned and a pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
  • Frosting: Beat ingredients (except grapefruit segments) in a medium bowl with mixer on low speed just to blend. On high speed, beat until smooth and fluffy. Finely chop 1 grapefruit segment and stir into frosting. Spread on cupcakes.
  • Just before serving: Drain remaining grapefruit segments well and place on cupcakes; garnish with mint.  
  • Can be made through Step 5 up to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate airtight. Section grapefruit up to 1 day before using; refrigerate covered.