Orange Chiffon Cake

Orange Chiffon Cake

Light and airy, this chiffon cake is tinged with citrus and served with a sweet whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange zest.

Orange Chiffon Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup neutral-tasting oil, such as safflower
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest and 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 2 to 3 navel or Valencia oranges)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Candied Orange Zest, for serving (optional, recipe follows)

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 the cold water; whisk batter until smooth.

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 no overmix).

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.

Serves 10.

Candied Orange Zest

  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Domino® Granulated Sugar

Using a vegetable peeler, remove orange zest in strips (leaving white pith behind); slice lengthwise into matchsticks. In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Add zest; reduce heat to medium. Cook until zest is soft, about 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer zest to a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; let cool. Toss with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Zest can be stored up to 1 day in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes enough for a garnish.

Recipe as featured on Martha Bakes.