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Poppy Seed Grapefruit Torte

Recipe photo courtesy of Dana Gallagher

Fresh flavors and an appealing look enliven this dessert. Dense Campari-infused cake is punctuated with golden raisins and jewel-like grapefruit segments; ribbons of white chocolate mousse topped with a confetti of poppy seeds add a celebratory note.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005



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  • AMaesM
    30 MAR, 2015
    In my 30 years of cooking with recipes, this is the ONLY recipe I have attempted that turned out to be a complete failure. The cake never set up. NEVER. This recipe first appeared in the magazine, the Thanksgiving issue, I recall. I am eager to try it any cook knows, a failed recipe can haunt a person!
  • arisonn
    8 APR, 2014
    This is the best cake in my repertoire. It is the one that everyone asks for if I ask them what they want me to make. It is extremely labor intensive, however it is worth it. It is such a wonderful combination: the dense cake, the pop of the poppy seeds, the juicy grapefruit, the sweet (but not too sweet) mousseā€¦ Just make this cake. You will not be disappointed.
  • Emsy38
    20 DEC, 2012
    This was one of the best desserts I've ever made. I wanted to go a little darker, so I substituted blood orange for the grapefruit, dried cranberries for the golden raisins, and dark chocolate for the white chocolate. The dense texture of the cake paired perfectly with the mousse, and the poppy seeds added a surprising little crunch to the cake!
  • infrared
    3 MAR, 2012
    Thanks for correcting this recipe.
  • infrared
    10 FEB, 2011
    Does anyone at MS Living read these comments ? How about answering the butter quantity question ?
  • infrared
    26 JAN, 2011
    Does this cake recipe really call for 10 TEASPOONS of butter ? Not tablespoons ? Has anyone tried it ? I cannot afford to waste all these ingredients on a recipe with errors. Help ! kathy c
  • Synopen
    21 JUN, 2010
    i made this for my birthday and loved it. though im not much of a grapefruit fan, i think ill try making it again with mandarines or perhaps oranges. i loved the aroma and the contrasting flavours.

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