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February 8, 2017

Paloma Citrus Cake with Tequila-Lime Glaze

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!

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 has tried a Paloma?

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Who here likes the taste of a Paloma?

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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.

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!

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. 😉

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!

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.)

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!

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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!

Now who wants to throw some booze into a cake batter and make a glaze that tastes like a marg?

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Here’s how you can do it and treat the folks you love with this delightful twist on a classic cocktail:

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!
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Paloma Citrus Cake with Tequila-Lime Glaze

Grapefruit lovers, rejoice, and bake a 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!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

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

Tequila-Lime Glaze

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (2 ½ oz.) silver tequila
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Make the Paloma Citrus Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large glass bowl, combine the coconut oil and sugar. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Measure in the eggs, breaking the yolks and whisk into the wet ingredients.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet: Sprinkle in the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until just incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven, and flip upside down immediately so the cake can begin to release from the pan.
  9. When the cake releases from the pan, remove the pan, and let come to room temperature.

Make the Tequila-Lime Glaze

  1. In a glass bowl, measure in the powdered sugar, tequila, lime zest and salt.
  2. Whisk together until combined, and set aside until it’s time to glaze the cake.

Glaze the Cake

  1. When the cake is at room temperature, drizzle the glaze over it in whatever kind of pattern you like,
  2. Save a little glaze to decorate individual pieces of cake.
  3. Slice with a cake knife, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If 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.

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!

Have you ever sipped on a Paloma?

How do you feel about boozy baked goods?

27 Comments

  1. cakespy

    Looks like a pure sliver of sunshine! I love this cake!! I love your presentation, too.

    • Erin

      Thank you so much! This cake really is a sliver of sunshine for the grey months of winter. 🙂

  2. Julia Mueller

    You’re not going to believe this, but I’ve never had a Paloma…insert blushing emoji here. The way you’ve made them sound, and by the sounds of this cake, I should probably make a batch of palomas to drink while baking this recipe, ha! LOVING the idea of a margarita-flavored cake! I’m all in.

    • Erin

      Whaaaaaaaa?!? You absolutely need to try a Paloma, friend. 🙂 I have a feeling you’ll be a fan… and I think making a batch of the cocktails to enjoy while you make this cake is a brilliant idea! You kinda can’t beat that combo, you know? Happy baking!

  3. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    This sounds SO delicious! I can’t wait to try it and bring some sunshine into my week 😉 Boozy cakes ALWAYS win in my book. Always.

    • Erin

      Thank you so much, meg! Sunshine is definitely necessary this time of year, and I just love how grapefruit can add some rays of it during the cold winter months.

      And here’s to boozy cakes and boozy drinks and all kinds of deliciousness. Cheers!

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I am not sure what sounds better: the cake or the glaze! This is one gorgeous dessert! I need to try it soon!

    • Erin

      Thank you so much, Anna. They’re kind of hard to beat… and combined, they’re just DELICIOUSLY divine! Enjoy!

  5. Krista

    That drizzle! I love this so much! Recipes with grapefruit are my favorite!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Krista! Everything grapefruit has been my favorite this season, so I’m happy to hear you’re into them, too.

  6. eat good 4 life

    I love anything citrus. Your cake looks sensational.

    • Erin

      You and me both! Thank you so much. 🙂

  7. Michelle

    Your cake looks positively decadent — a MUST TRY!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Michelle! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  8. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Girl, I do love a boozy cake! That glaze has me drooling! Cheers!

    • Erin

      Wahoo! I’m glad you’re in the boozy cake camp, too. And seriously. That glaze. 😉 Thank you!

  9. Cookin Canuck

    I adore Palomas and can imagine that this cake would become an instant flavor. I mean, pink grapefruit and tequila…what’s not to like?!

    • Erin

      You’re totally right. 😉 It would be hard not to love this cake if you already dig Palomas. Enjoy!

  10. Jenny | The Baking Skillet

    I have never drunk a Paloma, but I will eat this cake coz it sounds and look damn delicious! Love citrus of all kinds in cake 🙂

  11. Shannon @ Pass Me Some Tasty

    Oooh, I need to try this!

    • Erin

      I wish I had a slice left to share, but alas…

  12. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I’ve never had Paloma but I want it! Also this cake looks amazing! I love the citrus in it!

    • Erin

      You definitely should give it a go if you’re into grapefruit and tequila, Angie! And you should try this cake, too, since you’ll have the ingredients on hand. 😉 Enjoy!

  13. Carol Borchardt

    This is beautiful, light and so elegant-looking! This would be so lovely for an Easter brunch!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Carol! This would be absolutely spectacular at an Easter brunch – great idea!

  14. Natasha @ Salt & Lavender

    Ooh this looks perfect! I think I’d much prefer these flavors in a cake than the drink haha.

  15. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    I just unpacked my bundt pan and I know the FIRST thing I’m making with it. This paloma citrus cake is totally going to be my birthday cake 😉

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