Chocolate Chiffon Cake is made with whipped eggs and oil. Oil makes the cake moist, and whipped eggs make it light. This recipe can be baked as a layer cake or in a tube pan.
What is Chiffon Cake?
Chiffon cake is sort-of a cross between a rich buttery cake and an airy sponge cake. It’s got the best of both worlds.
The lightness comes from first whipping up the yolks with the other ingredients and then folding in whipped egg whites. There’s also a generous dose of baking powder in the batter to help expand all those air bubbles.
When baked in an ungreased tube pan, this cake puffs up super-high and is light as a cloud. This is also why I don’t recommend a non-stick tube pan. You want the batter to grip the sides of the pan and rise high.
The cake is made with oil and water in the batter, which help create the soft crumb in the cake. The oil not only adds moisture to the cake, but the oil coats the flour which prevents gluten formation. So this cake is very, very tender.
Oil stays liquid when chilled, so a chiffon cake will stay soft, even when refrigerated.
- Vegetable oil
- Vanilla extract
- Cake flour
- Dutch process cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Table salt
How to make Chocolate Chiffon Cake:
- Combine the oil, yolks, water and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
- Sift the dry ingredients with 1 cup of sugar.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the flour mixture and whip the egg whites separately.
- Fold the egg whites into the base in 3 increments.
- Pour the batter into an ungreased angel food pan. Do not use a non-stick pan.
- Bake until the center springs back when pressed or test with a toothpick.
- Cool the cake upside down to prevent shrinking. Do not grease the pan or use a non-stick pan or the cake may fall out before it’s cooled.
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Chocolate Chiffon Cake Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. For a traditional chiffon cake, use an ungreased 10" tube pan (not non-stick). If you want to make a layer cake line two 8” cake pans with parchment paper or butter and flour the bottom of the pans only.
- Combine the oil, egg yolks, water and vanilla in a mixer bowl. Mix on medium speed until well combined.3 1/2 oz vegetable oil, 6 large eggs, 6 oz water, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Sift the flour with the cocoa, 1 cup of the sugar, the baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to yolk mixture. Whip on high speed for 1 minute, then set aside8 oz cake flour, 2 oz dutch process cocoa powder, 12 oz granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- Whip the egg whites on medium speed to soft peak. Gradually add the remaining ½ cup sugar, increase the speed to medium high and whip to full peak. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture in three increments.6 large eggs, 12 oz granulated sugar
- If making a layer cake, divide the batter between the two pans. If you're using a tube pan, pour all the batter into the pan. Bake until the middle of the cake springs back with lightly pressed, 30-35 minutes for the layers or about 50-60 minutes for the tube pan.
- Cool the cake completely in the pan. If your using a tube pan cool the cake upside down in the pan.
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