Our Lemon Chiffon Cake is the perfect summertime dessert. Chiffon cakes are always made with oil, not butter, and will not get hard when refrigerated.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 325 degrees and have ready an ungreased 7-inch tube pan. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, vegetable oil, 1/3 cup water, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Add reserved dry ingredients, and beat until smooth.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat on high speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Gradually add remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar; beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

  • Gradually fold egg-white mixture into the batter; start by folding in 1/3, then fold in the remaining 2/3. Pour batter into pan. Using an offset spatula, smooth the top. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake is golden, about 45 minutes.

  • Remove cake from oven; invert the pan over a glass soda bottle for 2 hours to cool. Turn cake right-side up. Run a table knife all the way down between cake and pan; invert again, and remove cake. Dust cake with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Reviews (7)

132 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 58
  • 2 star values: 27
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2018
I tried the recipe and it worked out great. I did use self rising flour and I used a round pan. Was tricky getting it pout of the pan but the cake was so tender it was not very tall but about the height of a layer cake pan. Was the perfect bakery type cake for sure. Moist and fluffy. I'm going add a bit of honey to the mix as I don't have vanilla on hand and need to make it again. Seriously so good.
Rating: Unrated
12/07/2012
Texture identical to chiffon cake made/served at some leading hotels and cruise ships in USA. Flavor...lemon or vanilla...delicious.
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03/01/2011
Try cutting out a ring in parchment or waxed paper to fit the bottom of your tube pan. To double a recipe, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees and increase baking time up to 25 percent, so about 1 hour total. I suspect your cake fell because it was under baked in the middle. I wouldn't invert it to cool, but do let it cool completely before extracting it. Also, chiffon cakes are notoriously sensitive to vibrations, which can make them fall. I'm going to try this recipe. Fingers crossed!
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10/10/2010
I just made this cake yesterday. It came out beautiful and fluffy. My only problem was the taking the cake off the tube pan, especially the bottom part. Anybody has any suggestion for me?
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08/07/2010
I just made this cake, I doubled the recipe and used a 10" tube pan. It looked beautiful, when baked up it still only took 45 minutes and the tester came out clean. When I inverted the cake, after 5 minutes it completely fell out of the pan. Did I do something wrong in the inverting part, or was it not cooked properly in the first place? I also did NOT grease or flour the pan.
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05/11/2008
I suspect that you used a larger pan than called for in the recipe. This recipe is written for a 7-inch tube pan which is smaller than the 10-in standard tube pan. To use a 10-inch pan, you would need to double the recipe.
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03/22/2008
has anyone tries making this cake...i tried making it two times, first time it came out overcooked and sank...i thought maybe it sank because i used splenda, but the second time i made it...it was made exactly as the recipe says...it sank again!!! Any suggestions???