A peculiar idea. How will this work? Benjamina Ebuehi’s “Double Ginger and Grapefruit Cakes,” are difficult to fathom. I admit, zesting four whole grapefruits is intimidating at first. This project requires three components: grapefruit curd, cake, and buttercream.

Let us not be frightened. These cakes turn out to be a unique treat. The recipe asks to make 12 small individual cakes in a friand tray, which is quite like a cupcake tray. But, I’m tired of cupcakes. I use four 4-inch ramekins instead. The cake batter fits in these ramekins perfectly.

First, I zest my four gorgeous, organic, red grapefruits (the zest is for the curd and to garnish the finished cakes). Then, I juice two-and-a-half of these grapefruits to get one cup of juice. This zest and juice, along with sugar and eggs and butter, are heated, stirred, and reduced until thickened. Enjoy that scent of reducing grapefruit juice.

My curd thickens in five minutes. It’s a beautiful sunshine yellow -- like a custard -- thanks to all those egg yolks, I suppose.

The cake batter is quite standard, what with butter, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, and baking soda. Yet, here’s the unique twist. We include golden syrup, which looks and tastes like maple syrup. We use finely chopped, crystallized ginger (swapped for the preserved ginger). We use the zest from one of the grapefruits I zested earlier. And, we use ground ginger. All this gives us ginger-scented cakes, as they bake for 33 minutes.

Now, let’s not forget the buttercream. Oh, this stuff is lovely. Buttercream tastes like buttery sugar (because that’s what it is). It’s airy and easy to pipe atop these cakes.

The final assembly isn’t difficult at all, it turns out. The thick, yellow grapefruit curd is tart and tangy and pipes easily onto the cakes. The fabulous buttercream pipes from its own pastry bag, like sweet flowers.

Our smooth cakes taste better than gingerbread. Indeed, we enjoy the “warm depth” of ginger flavors.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for November 2020 were ~


Hazelnut, Pear & Espresso Cake

Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding

Double Ginger and Grapefruit Cakes