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Coffee Chiffon Cake

Coffee Chiffon Cake

I love chiffon cake and this is the 7th time I have made it.  Two out of five times it was a success!  This one "Coffee Chiffon Cake" is by far is the best chiffon ever!   I found this recipe on My Food Affair and I was surprised that I didn't need any kind of milk especially coconut milk!  I was very happy with the outcome of the cake and it was so light, fluffy and very moist.  I baked it for about close to one hour (just in case) and I tested it with skewer and it came out clean for the first time!

I am so naughty, I didn't really follow the instructions (oops) but with the egg mixture part I just tipped everything in (all the dry ingredients mixed together first) and mixed it well with a whisk.   And with the egg whites folding into the egg yolk part, I mixed it through with clean hands instead of a spatula or a whisk.  I wanted to be careful that I don't lose any air and still mix the egg yolk and egg whites mixture properly.

This is how it came out like:

It came out very nice, tall, airy and fluffy.  

You can eat this cake plain but I dressed mine up by making it a 3 layer chiffon cake with layers of freshly made custard and coffee whipped cream!

I am still practicing decorating skills but it still tasted pretty good.  It wasn't too bitter and not very sweet.

Coffee Chiffon Cake
adapted by Just Baking from My Food Affair

Pan: 22cm stainless steel angel food/chiffon cake tin (do not use non stick - it will not work). Do not grease since you already have a sufficient amount of oil in this recipe.

4tbs of instant coffee
2/3 of hot water
6 egg yolks at room temperature 
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1cup of caster sugar

2 1/4 cups of CAKE flour (if you only have plain flour and want to make cake flour - for every 1 cup of plain flour take out 2 tbs and replace with 2tbs of corn flour)
1tbs of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of caster sugar
6 egg whites at room temperature
1/2tsp of cream of tarter

If you want to decorate your cake like mine:

go to custard recipe for a custard layer

or you want a coffee whipped cream you will need:

400mls of cream
4 tbs of powdered sugar
1tbs of instant coffee


1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 160 (fan forced)

2. Dissolve coffee in the water in a cup.  Then transfer this to a bigger bowl together with oil, vanilla, egg yolk and sugar.  Mix well with a whisk.

3. Sift together baking powder, cake flour (if making cake flour incorporate the corn flour and plain flour together first) and salt.  Add to the coffee mixture and mix well with a whisk.

4. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tarter with an electric mixture until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar one tablespoon at a time and beat until you get stiff peaks.  To check the egg meringue shouldn't slide out of the bowl if placed over your head :P.

5.  Gently fold the egg whites into the coffee mixture in three batches.  Blend thoroughly but do not over mix.  I gently fold the mixtures with either a whisk or with clean hands.

6. Transfer the batter to a chiffon cake pan.

7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. (Do not open the oven when its baking!)

8. Remove the pan from the oven and invert it over a cooling rack onto its feet. Let the cake cool completely.  It will take about 2 to 4 hours to completely cool.

9.  When the cake is completely cool, carefully run a knife or spatula around the sides of the cake to loosen it before inverting onto a wire rack.

Coffee Whipped Cream

1. Whip the cream, sugar, coffee until stiff.  Do not overbeat because the cream will split.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.  I usually whip the cream while the cake is baking.

2.  Slice the cake into 3 equal layers and spread the filling on each layer.

Decorate your cake with chocolate bits or nuts.  Whatever you feel like.


  1. please deliver a slice for my mothers day morning tea! looks so delicious. dayle

  2. Wow! Looks fantastic! Would love to take a bit if I can :)

  3. oh...that's so delicous! yum...there's something about coffee and dessert that I love!

  4. @gbf: happy mothers day for sunday! yeah it was pretty good
    @food glorious food: thanks! took me a while to do it
    @cusinera: yeah i love coffee & dessert too :)

  5. Heyyy, didn't know you had a food blog! It's awesome! I'm going to subscribe!!

  6. looks tasty...These days I will try to make it...thanks

  7. This seriously looks INSANE!!!!!!!!! I will use some fresh roasted coffee to make it from www.gocoffeego.com to make it. If it is as good as it looks, I may ask you to let me post it on our site :)