...from the Perspectives' Kitchen
How you doin’? “Don’t slam the damn door!” This could often be heard when my mother was baking a Chiffon Cake. She thought that vibration and loud noise would make a Chiffon Cake fall.
A Chiffon Cake is a very light (and fragile) cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and flavorings. Being made with vegetable oil, instead of a traditional solid fat such as butter or shortening makes it easier to beat air into the batter. It is a super light and fluffy cake made with a meringue (egg white) base. The texture is airy and cloud-like with a subtle sweetness and flavor. Chiffon Cakes are similar to angel food cakes; however they are richer in flavor and darker in color as they use eggs yolks in the base batter rather than just egg whites.
Chiffon Cake was invented by an insurance agent, Harry Baker, in Los Angeles. In 1927, he came up with an unusual cake that was light and fluffy, more tender than angel food and more flavorful than sponge cake. It became the toast of Hollywood.
Henry Baker baked the recipe for almost two decades for the Brown Derby Restaurant before he decided to sell his recipe to General Mills food company, which made him a millionaire.
My Chiffon Cake is a favorite for birthday parties. Serve with fruit or decorate with Williamsburg Butter Frosting.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Cool time: 2 hours
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
2 cups sifted cake flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
7 large eggs, separated, divided
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 recipe Williamsburg Butter Frosting (see ChefSecret below)
ChefSecret: Williamsburg Butter Frosting recipe.
Williamsburg Butter Frosting
You don't have to make a Williamsburg Orange Cake to enjoy this creamy and buttery Williamsburg frosting made with orange liqueur. Make sure your cake has cooled completely.
1/2 cup butter, softened
4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
Quip of the Day: Life is a cake and love is the icing on top of it. Without love, it becomes difficult to swallow life.
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