Orange Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins

A plain-Jane orange chiffon cake gets dolled up with aromatic orange juice and zest in the batter.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable 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 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • Candied Orange Zest for Orange Chiffon Cake, optional

For Vanilla Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  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. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar (1 tablespoon at a time); continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber 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 toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven; invert, still in pan, onto a baking sheet. Cool completely. Run a knife around edge and center to release cake. Serve topped with vanilla whipped cream and candied orange zest, if desired.

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