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Orange poppyseed chiffon cake

As I grow older, I slowly got to understand my mother’s consumption habits, especially when it comes to food that she likes. And fashion too. When I was younger, she wore a lot of long sleeved top with colourful graphic prints which I thought was OTT, but now I am seeing those prints everywhere and even thought of getting one the other day. She also has a liking for anything with lace and linen (I used to question her taste for all things lacey) which I later became obsessed with for a while when I was in high school. I had no choice but to admit that “Yes mom, I now love lace too. Hey! We chose the same top!”. True story.


Not too long ago, I started to discover how wonderful chiffon cake is.

I mean, I always hear about how soft and fluffy it is and I’ve also tried it many times in my life, since young actually because it also happens to be my Mom’s favourite type of cake. So, it’s funny that I only start to like it now. That big pillow of airy cake, so light, can be boring at times and unsatisfying. That was exactly how i felt towards chiffon cake. How could my mom enjoy it so much. Perhaps its her Asian taste, preferring lighter desserts over rich creamy chocolate-y gooey brownies and cakes.

The chiffon cake that got me into this chiffon cake madness is the one from Azuma Patisserie. Everyone should try their chiffon cakes. It doesn’t need any explanation.

So I managed to get hold of a chiffon cake tin when I went back to Malaysia for my holidays. I even bought Okashi by Keiko Ishida, because I noticed her chiffon cakes recipes are everywhere. Since everyone made it look so easy, I tried.

Maybe the recipes are wrong, oven’s temperature wasn’t right, egg whites are not separated nicely and not beaten to its correct stiffness. I failed too many times. For other recipes, I tend to stay away from them a while if I fail the first time, but not for the chiffon cake. For everyone out there who failed at chiffon cakes, just keep trying.

Here, this time, I tried a recipe from the Australian Masterchef Magazine. This is the recipe which worked for me so far, but I think that is because of the higher flour content which differs from the Asian recipes.

Note for chiffon cakes:

Separate the egg whites when they are still cold (from the refrigerator) and let it slowly warm up to room temperature. I find it easier to separate them this way, if not the yolk tends to break easily. Tools must be absolutely clean as well. I rather have the cake stay longer in the oven than to take them out under cooked, because it will sink. Lastly, be patient while waiting for the cake to cool down after coming out from the oven. This will take more than an hour. You want it to be at least 85 percent cooled before removing it from the tin so that the cake is able to stand on its own and not collapse.

Orange poppyseed chiffon cake (makes a 25cm chiffon cake)

adapted from Masterchef magazine

Ingredients

400ml orange juice (to be reduced to half later)

7 eggs (separated)

330g (1 1/2 cups) castor sugar

125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil

Zest from an orange

40g (1/4 cup) poppyseeds

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

300g (2cups) self raising flour (sifted)

1. Preheat oven to 190C.

2. Place orange juice in a small sauce pan and bring to boil over med high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes until the juice reduced by half. Cool.

3. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg yolks and 165g(3/4 cup) sugar in a large bowl until pale and thick.

4. Combine 180ml (3/4 cup) of the reduced orange juice, oil, poppyseeds and zest in a jug. Gradually add to the yolk mixture and whisk till combined.

5. In stainless steel bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and whisk until soft peaks. Gradually add remaining 165g (3/4 cup) of sugar and whisk until stiff and glossy.

6. Add flour to egg yolk mixture using a wire whisk and whisk until well incorporated.

7. Take 1/3 of the meringue mixture and fold into the mixture using a wire whisk. This prepares the mixture for more meringue so it is easily incorporated later on. Then, fold in another 1/3 using the wire whisk gently. Finally, pour the mixture into the meringue bowl to incorporate the final 1/3 of the meringue.

8. Pour into chiffon cake tin and bake for 10min.

9. Reduce oven temperature to 170C and bake for another 50minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

10. Invert the cake tin after removing from the oven over a wine bottle. Leave cake to cool completely (may take more than an hour).

Reducing the orange juice to about half.

Invert the cake, with the help of a wine bottle. U need a bottle, trust me. I almost flatten my cake.

Chiffon cakes aren’t the prettiest cakes. To beautify them, whip up some whipped cream flavoured with syrup or just enjoy them bare as it is.

I didn’t use the fork in the end.

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Olive oil orange cake

Occasionally, I need a break from chocolate. I love chocolate like any chocolate lover out there. I can have chocolate every single day, whenever. Just on some days, I needed a lighter dessert, something spring-y, perhaps. Hey, its spring afterall!

So i chose to bake this olive oil orange cake. Originally, its meant to be topped with pistachios but, I could not find any at the supermarket ( can you believe it) so I opted for walnuts instead. I love walnuts, they are good for your hair i heard. Most of the time, I have issues with nuts in my dessert, especially in cakes. I tend to avoid cakes with visible nuts on it, I guess I just don’t like those nuts getting in the way when I am eating my cakes. This time, I just went with it. I just had to, just because the original recipe has pistachios in it and I thought an orange cake would be too plain old plain. Well, I had no problems with it but I might want to just roast and coat them with honey, marmalade or caramel next time before topping them on the cake.

It wasn’t difficult, this cake. The only part i didnt like was juicing the orange, thats all. Honestly, I chose this recipe because of the olive oil used, instead of butter or other vegetable oil but I could hardly smell or taste the difference. Probably just abit, when i open the oven doors. The taste of orange is pretty subtle as well, I definitely wanted more punch in the cake. Probably ginger to kick it up a notch? Still, its a good cake, especially with a cup of earl grey tea (again).

Olive Oil Orange Cake with Walnuts (makes two 22cm round cake)

adapted from tandteacake

(The recipe makes two 22cm round cake tin cake, but I halved the recipe for a 9inch square tin cake)

Ingredients

400g (14 oz) pastry flour, sifted
250g (8.8 oz) castor sugar
200ml (6.75 fl. oz) olive oil
4 eggs, separate the whites
Grated zest of an orange
250ml (8.45 fl. oz) freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
Chopped walnuts (just to sprinkle on top)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease the baking tin.

2. Beat egg whites until stiff. Refridgerate.

3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with vanilla bean until fluffy. Add sugar and zest. Continue beating.

4. Add olive oil in a steady stream while still beating the mixture.

5. Add sifted flour and baking powder and fold in well.

6. Add orange juice bit by bit and mix well.

7. Fold in the egg whites.

8. Pour into cake pan and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.

9. Bake for 30 minutes. ( I only baked mine for about 20 minutes as the cake was on the thinner side)