I started baking Chiffon Cakes when I was living at sea level but was not happy with my recipe once I moved back to higher altitude. I had fun checking out all the chiffon cakes on the web. It is amazing the wealth of information one can gather online these days. The problem is 'Information OVERLOAD' and which recipe to choose. Pictures still speaks a thousand words so I started with checking out all the Images for a good looking cake and go from there. I feel like I was about to turn Green after looking at so many cakes. Special thanks to Lily Ng of lilyng2000.blogspot.com/ for her inspiration, passion and guidance and http://ieatishootipost.sg/2010/05/how-to-make-pandan-chiffon-cake-almost.html whose extensive research and details for the ultimate Pandan Chiffon Cake has helped me. Here is a recipe that I have slightly adapted for baking a chiffon cake in high altitude.
BEFORE YOU START :
- Get the freshest eggs you can
Use eggs at room temperature and get them separated
- 9" tube pan (preferably regular but non-stick pans will work too)
- Measure all ingredients and sieve the dry ingredients (No. 4)
- Get pandan juice ready No. 3 * (if you choose to use pandan leaves, if not just use a little more pandan
- Get mixture No. 3 ready
1. Preheat oven to 350F/170C
2. 6 Egg Yolks (US Size Large Egg)
1/2 cup /100 grams sugar
Whisk egg yolk for about 5 mins with (Wire whisk on Speed 5 or 6 - Kitchen Aid)
3. In a bowl, mix below ingredients with whisk and add in slowly to the egg yolk mixture above while whisking with machine until incorporated.
2/3 cup/140 ml coconut milk
1/2 cup/115 ml oil
2 - 3 Tbs. pandan juice *
1/2 tsp pandan paste
*Blend or food processed about 6-8 roughly-chopped leaves plus 1/4 cup water.
Put mixture through sieve to strain the pandan juice.
(I used frozen since I have no access to fresh pandan leaves. This will yield about 2-3 Tbs.)
4. Sift together :
1 3/4 cups/200grams sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add dry ingredients into the cake batter on low speed and mix until incorporated. Transfer
mixture into a clean bowl. Washed the work bowl well and wiped dry.
5. Add egg whites in the dry clean work bowl on Speed 4 or 5 until frothy and gradually add in sugar on
Speed 4 or 5 until the egg whites reach soft peak stage. (Refer to diagram below)
9 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup /100 grams sugar
6. Fold in gently 1/3 of the meringue mixture into the green cake batter and repeat until the meringue is done.
Transfer cake batter into a Tube Pan, run a spatula around the cake mixture to rid any air bubbles. Place the pan on the lowest rung of the oven. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 F and for another 45 minutes at 325 F/160 C.
7. When cake is done, overturn cake on a cooling rack for at least 1 hour or until completely cooled. When cake is cool, flip it back over. Run a dull knife around the sides and center core to loosen cake. Gently remove cake. This step is as important as the other steps as you do not want to end up with a broken cake which is very easy to do if not careful.