Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

The aroma is in the cake; the tang is in the glaze. Why? Because the lemon zest went into the cake while the lemon juice went into the glaze. If you have’t discovered it yet, lemon zest is highly aromatic but without any substantial tang. It is the juice that is really acidic.

This lemon chiffon cake is best served as soon as the glaze is poured over it. That is when the sharp contrast between sweet and tangy is most pronounced. Left for several hours, the flavors blend and turn mellow. Still delicious but it is really the sharp sweet-tangy contrast that makes this cake stand out.

As with any chiffon-type cake, a tube pan is the ideal baking pan. I use silicone, eight inches in diameter, which is naturally non-stick. If you are using a regular pan (not non-stick), you may have to grease the pan and line it with parchment paper. You’re on your own there — the very reason I use silicone is to skip the greasing-flouring-lining part.

Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

Recipe: Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 c. of cake flour
  • 3/4 c. of granulated sugar (I used vanilla sugar), divided
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 c. of palm oil
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • finely grated zest of one lemon (see guide)
  • 1/3 c. of milk (I used skim milk)
  • about 10 drops of yellow food color, optional

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 c. of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Sift together the flour, half of the sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the oil, egg yolks, lemon zest, food color (if using) and milk.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the oil mixture; mix until smooth.
  5. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Continue beating, adding the remaining sugar little by little, until stiff.
  6. Add about a quarter cup of the egg whites to the flour-oil mixture. Whisk lightly. Add the remaining egg whites and fold in until blended.
  7. Pour into the tube pan. Bake until a skewer inserted down the middle comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Cool the cake in the pan with the pan upside down. Loosen the cake and invert onto a plate.
  9. Make the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but still of pouring consistency. If the glaze doesn’t drop off a spoon, add a few more drops of lemon juice until it is just pourable. You need to use the glaze immediately as it solidifies within minutes.
  10. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  11. Cut and serve the lemon chiffon cake.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

  • natzsm

    If using an ordinary pan, just line and grease the bottom of the pan only.

    A chiffon cake cling to the sides of the pan to rise. If you grease the sides, they will not rise as high. :)

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I hope no one asks what “line” and “grease” means. :-P

  • Archana

    ooooh!! Thank you! Thank you! I have been trying to make lemon cake in bundt pan for the last one month. First time was a complete flop. The second time was eatable but not satisfactory. I know Third time’s going to be the charm, coz I have your recipe!

  • nina

    I just made orange cake over the CNY because we had lots of mandarin oranges from friends. It was my first to taste citrus flavored cake and it was so refreshing. I will definitely try this lemon chiffon cake.

  • george

    Hi, Do you have a guava chiffon recipe? Your lemon chiffon looks so yum! Aloha George

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      No, I don’t. But thanks for the idea. :)

  • Jerome F. DE LA FUENTE

    Hi there, going to try your Lemon cake reciepe, where can I buy vanilla sugar?

    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    Jerome

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I’m not sure you can. I make mine. It’s linked in the ingredients list.

  • ai

    Hi ms. Connie, this is my first take on this delicious cake. My lemon girlfriend loved it. She loves lemon and this was a perfect gift. I too had a taste when i gave it to her. You can taste the lemon on your first bite. Here’s a picture of it, though yours was more beautiful. Hehe I added a lemon cream cheese filling, the glaze wasn’t too noticeable.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I think I’ll do as you did — lemon cream cheese filling sounds delicious! :D