Orange Chiffon Cake


This light and airy orange chiffon cake packs plenty of orange flavor by using both zest and juice. The simply delicious dessert goes perfectly with a cup of tea.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups sugar, divided

  • ½ cup neutral-tasting oil, such as safflower

  • 6 large eggs, separated

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest and ½ cup fresh orange juice (from 2 to 3 navel or Valencia oranges)

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • Whipped cream, for serving

  • Candied Orange Zest, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup sugar. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add oil, egg yolks, orange zest and juice, and 1/4 cup cold water; whisk batter until smooth.

  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Using a flexible spatula, gently fold half of egg-white mixture into batter. Fold in remaining egg-white mixture just until combined (do not overmix).

  3. Pour batter into a 10-inch footed angel food cake pan with a removable bottom; bake until a cake tester inserted near center of cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven; invert, still in pan, onto a baking sheet. Let cool completely. Run a sharp knife around edges to release cake. Serve topped with whipped cream and candied zest, if desired.

    Bryan Gardner
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