Thursday, November 12, 2015

Orange Chiffon Cake

Afternoon Tea at Tiffany themed Bridal Shower!
Possibly the best theme imo.

What should I make?
What goes great with tea and coffee? 
Coffee cake, scones, biscotti, cookies, quiche, tart..
Can I just say everything and anything? 

To make it easier on myself, I decided to make my familiarized chiffon cake and fail proof twice baked biscotti. These lighter eats would complement well with the filling sandwiches and indulgent cupcakes from the others. 

Just like making bread, I feel like I haven't make chiffon cakes in so long. It's so satisfying to see those perfectly glossy and stiff whites transform into a tall, spongy and fluffy cake. Baking is magical.

And that nostalgia with chiffon cakes..
Hong Kong.
Middle school afternoon snacks.

It's amazing how a smell (taste/texture) can transport you back to a time.. a moment.

Orange Chiffon Cake
4 yolk
15g sugar

50g/ml vegetable oil
50g/ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1tsp vanilla extract

70g cake flour, sifted
zest from 1 orange
60g sugar
8g cornstarch
4 whites

Smooth, glossy, stiff whites!
Gently fold whites into yolk mixture.
1. Preheat oven to 325˚F/160˚C.
2. Place yolks and sugar in a large bowl, and beat well. 
3. Add oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract and stir to incorporate with a whisk. 
4. Add flour and orange zest; mix well, until the batter becomes sticky.
5. Combine sugar and corn flour. 
6. Beat whites until foamy. 
7. Add half the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes, then add remaining sugar and beat until whites are glossy and stiff peaks form.

8. Add one-third of meringue into yolk mixture and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold to incorporate completely.

9. Pour batter into an ungreased angel cake tube pan. 
10. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. 
11. When cake is done, remove from the oven and turn it over, leaving it to cool for about an hour. 
12. Once the cake is cool completely, carefully run a knife or spatula around the sides of the cake to loosen it before inverting onto a wire rack.

After: before it slowly collapsed.
Couldn't wait to unmold. 
This may be the best meringue I whipped up. They were perfectly glossy and stiff and resulted in the tallest and fluffiest chiffon. And the smell while this was in the oven. Oh-em-gee!! I need this scent in a candle or something. 

It's so fluffy I can barely hold on to it.

Taste: 4 stars out of 5
Mildly sweetened. Can use a bit more orange and egg flavor.
Texture: 5 stars out of 5
So tall and fluffy- I am in love.

From bridal shower at Tiffany's:

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