Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Orange Chiffon Cake

Clearing my pantry #1 : from the freezer, egg whites. I have a few dozen egg whites "hibernating" in my freezer and I'm in the midst of using them slowly, very slowly! There are a number of recipes that I have tried and there are more recipes that I've bookmarked to try, in order to finish up the egg whites. Want to join me in clearing up your own pantry or freezer? Come on, I'm sure you are as guilty as me, tons of forgotten bits and pieces that are just waiting to be used up, before the big scary date is here, the EXPIRY DATE!! Haha! Am I making you feeling guilty yet? Ha!

Made this lovely chiffon cake, which uses an additional 3 egg whites besides the 6 eggs as listed in the recipe. The recipe calls for the cake to be baked in a 10" tube pan, I divided the batter to 3 individual smaller pans instead, two of 7" pans and one of 6" pan, all with feet. I cannot imagine pouring all the batter into one pan of 10", which I'm sure could not hold all of the batter, as it is a lot!  I originally intended to make two cakes of 7" pans, but find that there are so much of batter that I needed to use the smaller pan of 6" to hold the extra batter.

Two cakes of 7" size and a smaller one of 6" size.

This is one delicious, soft, moist and very orangy fragrant cake!

Use a serrated knife to slice the cake with a sawing motion, so as not to squash it's airy texture.

I really love this cake! Ate two slices, and stop myself from taking the third slice! Love the softness, airy texture and it is so moist and very tasty. The only changes I made to the recipe was to reduce the sugar to half, and trust me, you would not miss out on the other half, the sweetness is just right. And it is so fragrant with orange, since this cake uses 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, and the orange zest along with some lemon zest. 

One of the best chiffon cake I've eaten! So good! Double thumbs up from the family!

I'm sharing this with :
Recipe Box hosted by Bizzy Bakes
Freedom Friday hosted by My Turn
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Orange Chiffon Cake
(adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle)
makes one 10-inch cake
2-1/2 cups (250gm) sifted cake clour
1-3/4 cups (350gm) granulated sugar, divided (I use 180gm)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
2/3 cup (160ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup (120ml) safflower or other neutral vegetable oil
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon Fiori di Sicillia or 1 teaspoon orange oil or vanilla extract
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
confectioners' sugar for dusting

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, 1-1/4 cups of the sugar, the baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until well blended, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks, orange juice, vegetable oil, citrus zest and Fiori di Sicilia or orange oil or vanilla extract at medium speed until blended, about 1 minute. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture one-quarter at a time, mixing just until blended.
  4. In a clean mixer bowl, using whisk attachment, beat the 9 egg whites and the cream of tartar at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat until the whites are stiff but not dry. Using a rubber spatula, briskly fold about one-quarter of the whites into the cake batter. Gently fold in the remaining whites. Scrape the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom and smooth the top.
  5. Bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert the pan and place the center tube on a bottle (if the pan has "feet",it can be inverted directly onto a work surface). Let stand upside down until completely cooled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  6. To unmold the cake, slide a thin-bladed knife around the side of the cake, making sure to press the knife against the side of the pan to avoid marring the surface of the cake. Repeat with the center tube. Lift the tube up to remove the cake from the pan, and slide the knife under the cake to detach it from the pan bottom. Invert the cake onto a serving plate. Dust the top lightly with confectioners'sugar.
  7. Slice the cake using an angel food cake divider or a serrated knife (use a sawing motion) to avoid compressing its airy texture.
Store at room temperature, under a cake keeper or covered with foil, for up to 5 days. Or freeze, well wrapped, for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Lovely soft chiffon. You can indulge in more of this cottony cake as it's light and not oily!

  2. Orange chiffon cake is one of my favourite cake...when I bake this I usually add 3 to 4 tbsp poppy seeds. I loves that alot. You can try this if you like a change .

  3. Ah, haven't had chiffon cake for such a long time! Your chiffon looks so soft there, I also give you double thumbs up, hahaha!

  4. Your chiffon cake looks so soft!! I also have a few egg whites sitting in my fridge now... thinking what to do with it.

  5. Joyce, your chiffon cake is so beautiful!

  6. I love the name of this cake !
    It must be very good ! I love orange or lemon cake. Always so fresh.

  7. I should freeze my egg whites next time instead of throwing it ! :P I have yet to bake chiffon ! :D Love the flavor of this .... It also looks soft and very tempting ! Yummy cake , Joyce !

  8. Love chiffon cake! I can eat the whole lot by myself :D

  9. Oh it looks so fluffy, I got to go and clean my fridge!

  10. Super spongy and fluffy cake,love to have a slice.

  11. What a gorgeous cake. I love orange flavored desserts, so this cake is one I would definitely enjoy. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. I could feel the softness from the pics!

  13. Chiffon cakes are my favorite! Beautiful flavors in this orange version. I think this could be a favorite of my family as well!

  14. One of the flavour of chiffon i like is orange! your chiffon look so spongy and nice.

  15. I also made orange chiffon last week end. You sliced it so nicely. It was so soft and I didnt manage to unmould and slice well. Oh ... my clumsy hand!!

  16. This looks so soft and springy, Joyce. I want to make a chiffon cake sometime but don't have the courage because people have mentioned that its not easy to get right...

  17. looks so gorgeous..no wonder it tastes so good!!

  18. Joyce, your orange chiffon cake looks fabulous, awesome texture...and yes I love the idea of reducing the sugar. Great that you using up the egg whites...I sure have some saved in my freezer as well :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  19. I'm impressed!! I know how difficult chiffon cakes are to make - good for you for going easy on the sugar - it looks amazing!
    Mary x

  20. This looks so light and airy! It sounds so delicious, and I love how you've reduced the sugar. :)

  21. Gorgeous and delicious cake!
    Orange chiffon cake is very popular here during the winter
    Thank you for sharing this recipe

  22. Joyce,
    My boys love chiffon cake, especially orange and pandan flavor.
    Yours looks light and the texture very fine.
    Can i have a piece for tea?? :p

  23. 123, you got 3 tins over there..so i know one tin is for me..hehe..loves chiffon cakes..orange, pandan, coffee, chocolate..aiyah..so many!

  24. Hi Joy,
    Your Orange Chiffon Cake is just beautiful, we will just love it! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen