Someone has rightly said, “Those who do not have time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. But does that mean that you should leave your all time favorite cake? Of course not, because you need to build healthy eating habits and not restrictions.
Chiffon cake is one such option which can satisfy your thirst for cake while taking your health into account. The chiffon cake was invented in 1927 by Harry Baker, a California insurance salesman turned caterer. Baker kept the recipe secret for 20 years until he sold it to General Mills, which spread the recipe through marketing materials in the 1940s and 1950s.
It is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings. It is a combination of both butter and sponge type cakes.
Instead of using the traditional cake ingredient butter, vegetable oil is used in a chiffon cake. However, this makes it difficult to beat enough air into it. Therefore, chiffon cakes achieve a fluffy texture by having egg whites beaten until stiff and folded them into the cake batter before baking. Its aeration properties rely on both the quality of the meringue and the chemical leaveners. Its oil-based batter is initially blended before folding into the meringue.
A chiffon cake is a cross between an oil cake and a sponge cake. It includes baking powder and vegetable oil, but the eggs are separated and the whites are beaten before being folded into the batter creating the rich flavor of an oil cake, but with a lighter texture that’s more like a sponge cake. They can be baked in tube pans or layered with fillings and frostings.
The high oil and egg content create a very moist cake, and as oil is liquid even at cooler temperatures, chiffon cakes do not tend to harden or dry out as traditional butter cakes might. This makes them better-suited than many cakes to filling or frosting with ingredients that need to be refrigerated or frozen, such as pastry cream or ice cream. The lack of butter, however, means that chiffon cakes lack much of the rich flavor of butter cakes
Today, chiffon cakes have become so popular and are loved so much that in the United States, March 29 is celebrated as National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.