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We made this mini cake to celebrate Mother’s Day – complete with tangy grapefruit curd and tangerine ombre layers (my mom loves grapefuit!). I am totally a fan of cakes that look like any plain old cake on the outside… only to reveal a surprisingly pretty inside. That said, I am not wild about the texture of the cake, I feel it’s just that little bit too dense. And getting the buttercream to the right consistency without adding a ton of powdered sugar is just impossible. But the grapefruit curd? Well,  it’s tangy, citrusy and pretty darn good.

Want to make some? 

Grapefruit Curd
Recipe from Honey & Jam

8 large egg yolks
1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 cup lemon juice + 2 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 grapefruit
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

What to do:
Combine yolks, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, half of the zest, and the sugar in a saucepan; whisk to combine.

Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove saucepan from heat. Add salt and butter, one piece at a time, stirring until smooth.

Strain through a fine sieve unto a medium bowl. Stir in the remaining zest. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled and set.