Monday, June 23, 2014


Invented by Harry Baker in 1927 and introduced in 1948, the CHIFFON CAKE was the "cake discovery of the century!" It's very light, rich as butter cake and very simple to make.  The mystery ingredient  - never used in cake making at that time  -  was salad or cooking oil. This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Baking Classics.

La torta CHIFFON è stata inventata da Harry Baker nel 1927 ma introdotta nel 1948 come la "scoperta del secolo".  Il segreto della torta  è l'olio, mai prima  usato per fare le torte. La ricetta è da Betty Crocker's Baking Classics.

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 ts baking powder
1 ts. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
7 egg yolks
3/4 cup cold water
2 ts. grated lemon peel
2 ts. vanilla
1 cup egg whites
1/2 ts. cream of tartar

Heat oven to 325°.   Mix flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Make a well and add in order:  oil, egg yolks, water, lemon peel and vanilla. Beat with spoon until smooth. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.  Fold  egg yolk mixture into beaten egg whites. Pour into ungreased tube pan. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours.

These are fresh eggs from my friend Chika's  and Andrea Iraci's   B&B Ostellino situated in the picturesque countryside beneath Mount Erice, in Trapani.

Photoshoot and presentation by Chikako Nagano 


  1. So delicious and easy to make need to archive and give it a try.

  2. When will you start your own TV Show - Cooking, and Fashion - I want front row seats :) Sounds delish - have a wonderful day :)

  3. Francesca, Great looking cake! I like mine with a little half and half milk and a cup of coffee on the side. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. I've never made a chiffon cake yet. Hour's looks delicious!

  5. Oh my goodness! it looks absolutely delicious! the mixture looks so light and the finished cake is beautiful - I would love to try and make it x x x

  6. It looks perfect. I can just imagine the egg whites make it light and fluffy, and the oil gives it that touch of silkiness...

  7. the best is as always your amazing smile
    love you


  8. Mmmm! Fabulous, as always!!!
    Angela Donava

  9. omg! that looks yummy. who would have thought that oil could taste like butter. fabulous! thanks for sharing, frankie. cheers!!

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