Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Fluffy, soft and airy, this Vanilla Chiffon Cake is delicious on its own but can be made more special with your favorite icing or glaze. To try flavored ones, check out Lemon Chiffon Cake, Cheese Chiffon Cake and Pineapple Chiffon Cake.

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Vanilla Chiffon Cake on a serving plate with some part sliced.

In a world of fancy desserts, frosted cakes and highly-iced cupcakes, sometimes a plain, naked chiffon cake shines the brightest for me.

Indulgence to me does not always mean the rich, sinful desserts. It also takes the form of plain and simple ones. This Vanilla Chiffon Cake is that. It is a simple cake to go with your coffee or tea- just mildly sweet, light and satisfying.

Closer shot of vanilla chiffon cake.

I believe I have said this before but I have a fascination with chiffon cakes baked in tube pans. To me, they are simply sophisticated, plain but classy. I love that they are tall, fat and naked.

This is a basic recipe you can use. I enjoy eating it on its own, savoring the light, soft and airy texture of the cake. But of course, you can also dress it up like adding glazes and frosting.

Whatever you decide on doing, this cake tastes amazing.

Eggs for making vanilla chiffon cake.

Pointers and Tips for Making Vanilla Chiffon Cake

  • The eggs should be in room temperature for about 30 minutes. I separate them while they are cold from the fridge then let them sit at room temperature for half an hour or so. The egg whites can be whisked to full volume when they are not cold.
  • You will know that you have whisked the egg whites appropriately if firm peaks form and hold their shape once you lift the whisk. Turn over the bowl carefully. The egg whites should not drip down.

Beaten egg whites for Vanilla Chiffon Cake

  • You are going to need an ungreased 10-inch tube pan that is not non-stick. The chiffon cake batter needs that grip to rise beautifully at its maximum height.
  • When you have taken the baked chiffon cake out of the oven, you can cool it on top of a wire rack or better, on top of two coffee mugs with the same height. Set the tube pan over them, giving a lot of space on the bottom of the cake to release the heat.
  • To unmold cake, loosen the sides and inner center with a knife or a spatula. Carefully press the sides of the cake to loosen it more. Lift the tube to release the cake and loosen the bottom of the cake again in the same manner.

The whole vanilla chiffon cake freshly baked.

And here it is, simplicity at its finest. This cake slices beautifully in any thickness that you like. Bring out your fanciest tea mugs and wind down with every slice.

This cake yields a generous number of servings so you can serve it to a party. I bet you that hands will reach out for it because it is pretty enticing like that.

This Vanilla Chiffon Cake is light, airy and fluffy! Its totally perfect on its own but also great with your favorite glazes and frosting.

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Closer shot of vanilla chiffon cake.

Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Fluffy, soft and airy, this Vanilla Chiffon Cake is delicious on its own but can be made more special with your favorite icing or glaze.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Western
Keyword: chiffon cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 226kcal
Author: sanna


  • 7 egg yolks room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to whisk until egg whites form firm peaks that hold its shape when the whisk is lifted.
  • Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks in another bowl until it is slightly thicker. Add the sugar and mix until incorporated. Add water, oil and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Add flour mixture gradually to the yolk mixture and mix until the batter is smooth. Gently fold the egg whites to the yolk batter in three additions until batter is uniform. Pour batter into an ungreased10-inch tube pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Set tube pan top of two overturned mugs  and let cool.
  • To unmold cake, loosen sides and bottom with a knife. Using your hands, gently press the sides of the cake downwards to loosen it more. remove gently and invert to a serving plate.


Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Chiffon Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 156mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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Note: The second one has feet on them so that when cooling down the cake, all you need to do is to overturn it and let it stand on the three feet. That gives the bottom of the cake ample space being overturned.

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    1. Hi Mali,

      My apologies for a super late reply. You can substitute melted butter, but that can make the cake a bit dry. But it will work. Just a change of texture is all.

      Good luck

  1. Hello po..ask ko lang bakit yung ibang bakers po nilalagay nila ung sugar sa meringue, yung sayo lang po yung nakalagay sa eggyolk mixture.ano po differences. Ty.

    1. Hi! Sorry di ko alam kung nasagot ko na ito pero I will answer na rin. Sorry for the late reply. In some of my recipes, I put sugar in the meringue as well. Ang difference nun is pag may sugar sa meringue mas glossy and firm yung egg whites. Although I do not observe any major difference sa outcome ng cake mismo 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. But, please, I want to know if the cake won’t taste and smell eggy since there’s no milk or anything to cover up the eggy smell and taste

    1. In no way does it taste eggy. I’ve been making this cake for 50 yrs. My husbands favorite. To cool the cake turn upside down Insert bottle in tube pan. The perfect bottle is a Lea & Perrins bottle . Enjoy.

    1. Hello there! You can use loaf pans. You might have to use two of those. Just watch out for the baking time. It may bake for a bit shorter amount of time. 🙂

    1. Hello! I suggest you use the 8 inch tube pan. You may have to bake the cake a litte longer, say 10-20 mins more. If the top is browning quickly before thencale is.done, cover it loosely with foil.

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