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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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Vanilla Chiffon Cake
- 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.
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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