Grapefruit lovers, rejoice, and bake a dairy-free Paloma Citrus Cake with Tequila-Lime Glaze immediately! This dense baked good, inspired by the classic tequila, lime and grapefruit Paloma cocktail, makes a perfect dessert for any occasion and feeds a crowd. Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying a weeknight by your lonesome, this citrusy cake and its boozy glaze are a delicious treat. All you need are simple baking supplies and grapefruit juice!
Who here likes the taste of a Paloma?
Well… today, y’all are in for a treat. And if you don’t know what a Paloma is, lemme break it down for you. It’s a cocktail that features grapefruit soda paired with tequila. It’s refreshing, tart and crisp… and I’ve taken this well-loved cocktail and turned it into a cake.
This is either totally your jam or something you’d rather not consider.
Boozy cakes can be precarious, and goodness knows I’ve made my fair share of errors with them.
But this cake?
Y’all, it’s something to behold. Aaaaaand the glaze tastes like a margarita, which is both good and dangerous.
Please eat responsibly. Y’all have been warned. 😉
However, if you’re not into booze, you don’t have to add tequila to the batter. It tastes A-OK without it. You can also replace the tequila in the glaze with water.
So if you want to bake this Paloma Citrus Cake for a mixed group of adults and children? I advise going that direction.
Our daughter, the toddler foodie she is who insists on trying everything we cook, was so sad that we wouldn’t give her a slice once the cake was glazed.
Not to worry, though: She got to try the non-boozy variety in my next tester batch, and she loved it. (“Surprise,” said no one.)
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- Essentials: Bundt pan.
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Now who wants to throw some booze into a cake batter and make a glaze that tastes like a marg?
Here’s how you can do it and treat the folks you love with this delightful twist on a classic cocktail:
Paloma Citrus Cake with Tequila-Lime Glaze
Paloma Citrus Cake
- 8 tablespoons coconut oil , melted
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup grapefruit juice , freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 4 tablespoons (2 oz.) silver tequila, OPTIONAL
- Zest of 1 grapefruit (~2 ½ tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons (2 ½ oz.) silver tequila
- Zest of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Make the Paloma Citrus Cake
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
In a large glass bowl, combine the coconut oil and sugar. Whisk together until combined.
Measure in the eggs, breaking the yolks and whisk into the wet ingredients.
Pour in the freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juices. Add the tequila if adding the tequila. Sprinkle in the grapefruit and lime zest, then whisk until incorporated.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet: Sprinkle in the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until just incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, and flip upside down immediately so the cake can begin to release from the pan.
When the cake releases from the pan, remove the pan, and let come to room temperature.
Make the Tequila-Lime Glaze
In a glass bowl, measure in the powdered sugar, tequila, lime zest and salt.
Whisk together until combined, and set aside until it’s time to glaze the cake.
Glaze the Cake
When the cake is at room temperature, drizzle the glaze over it in whatever kind of pattern you like,
Save a little glaze to decorate individual pieces of cake.
Slice with a cake knife, and enjoy!
Recipe NotesIf you don’t drink alcohol, replace the tequila in the glaze with water. If you don’t want to add tequila to the cake batter, don’t add anything as a substitute.