How to Successfully Make a Light and Fluffy Chiffon Cake

Here is everything you need to know to make a light, airy chiffon cake at home.

IMAGE Mark Jesalva

The classic chiffon cake never fails—light, airy, fluffy chiffon is irresistible when frosted with light caramel or yema frosting.


Bake this light, fluffy classic caramel cake to share with the family.


It can, however, be a tricky cake to make at home. Because the bulk of its rise comes from whipped egg whites, you have to be mindful to not over-mix the batter. This way, the cake will remain as moist and stable as possible. Here are a few essential tips you need to know to make a perfectly light chiffon cake.


Glaze a chiffon cake with an all-time fave: yema frosting!


1 Whip egg whites well.

The secret to making a light, airy chiffon is to whip the egg whites really well. Start with room temperature egg whites, and beat with a hand mixer on low speed. Gradually add the sugar into your egg whites, while slowly increasing the speed until you get stiff peaks.

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2 Use a wire whisk to fold.

Avoid using a spatula to fold your meringue mixture into your wet ingredients. This way, your meringue will not deflate too much.



3 Do not fold in completely.

Leave a few streaks of white when you fold your meringue mixture into your main cake batter. It’s the best way to avoid overmixing! Plus, everything will be completely incorporated once you transfer the cake batter onto your prepared pans.


4 Watch the clock.

Follow your recipe and time your cake’s baking time carefully. As soon as it springs back up when lightly touched, it is done. Do not prick the cake.


5 Frost only when it is completely cooled.

We know you want to dig into that fluffy, airy chiffon cake, but you’ll have to let it set and cool completely before frosting and slicing into it. Trust us—it is well worth the wait!


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Tips were originally published in the December 2016 issue of Yummy magazine. 

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