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Sunny Citrus Chiffon Cake
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Flavored with orange, lemon and lime, this big, beautiful cake is a fitting ending to a celebration. Just three egg yolks give the cake a golden hue and a texture richer than angel food.”
1½ cups cake flour
1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
10 large egg whites, at room temperature (see Tip)
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
3 large large egg yolks
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large orange, scrubbed
1 lemon, scrubbed
1 lime, scrubbed
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1To make cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift flour, ¾ cup granulated sugar, baking powder and salt into a small bowl; set aside.
2Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer just until soft peaks form. Beat in the remaining ¾ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the whites are shiny and form soft peaks.
3Whisk together egg yolks, orange liqueur, orange, lemon and lime zests, lemon and lime juices, and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour over the egg whites and fold together with a rubber spatula.
4Resift the reserved dry ingredients over the beaten egg whites in four parts, folding in gently after each addition. Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch angel food cake pan with a removable bottom. Smooth the top and run a knife or spatula through the batter to remove any air bubbles. Bake until the top is golden and a long skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Invert the pan over the neck of a bottle and let cool completely.
5To prepare citrus glaze: Use a citrus zester to remove long threads of zest from the orange, lemon and lime; set aside. Squeeze 4 teaspoons of juice from each of the fruits. Whisk the juices into the confectioners' sugar in a small bowl to make a smooth glaze.
6Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife and invert onto a cake plate. Spoon the glaze over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the julienned zest. Let the cake stand at least 30 minutes for the glaze to set.
Tip: To bring an egg to room temperature: Either set it out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge it (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.