Friday, May 20, 2011

Vanilla Bean Chiffon Cake

Officially declaring that I'm going on a diet. Gaining weight isn't such a good idea when you want to gain some of that lost confidence in life back.

Hello running! Byebye tummy!

On a side note, I'm honestly very touched by all the care and concern that my family and friends have shown for me during this period. Thinking about the little things they do makes me want to cry more than when I think about what I've lost. HA.

A relatively healthy bake to celebrate the self-declared-and-possibly-unsuccessful weight loss journey...Chiffon! Soft like pillows, and they literally melt in your mouth! A hot favorite among my mama and her auntie friends heehee.

Vanilla Bean Chiffon Cake (modified from Keiko Ishida's Okashi)
makes 4 10cm chiffon

2 egg yolks
8g caster sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split length wise and scraped for seeds (I use 1)
24g water
24g canola oil
32g cake flour

2 egg whites (weighed mine to be 81g)
36g caster sugar
4g corn flour

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Sift flour twice
2. Place egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat well. Add water, canola oil, vanilla seeds and stir to incorporate. Add flour and mix well until the batter becomes sticky.
3. To make meringue, combine sugar and corn flour. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add half the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes, then add remaining sugar and beat until egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks form.
4. Add one-third of meringue into egg yolk mixture and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold to incorporate completely.
5. Pour batter into an ungreased chiffon cake tube pan. Bake for 20 mins.
6. When cake is done, remove from oven and turn it over, leaving it to cool.
7. Once cake has cooled completely, carefully run a knife or spatula around the sides of the cake to loosen it before inverting onto a wire rack.


  1. Hi Jean, wow! Your this chiffon cake looks really fantastic.
    Can see it must have required dexterity, delicacy, finesse, coordination and patience on your part.
    I love the texture. And the beautiful colour.

    But I think there's going to be a problem eating this cake.
    One piece won't be enough, ha ha ha.
    Can see you have a Black Belt in baking.
    You keep a song in your heart, and have a nice day.

  2. Looks so spongy & light! I could whack the whole cake too! haha
    tips to lose weight: besdides exercising, eliminate all carbs from your diet especially rice. eat more proteins. most importantly don't ever starve! just avoid food that gives u energy. this has worked for me & hubby. believe it or not my hubby used to wear size XXL and now he wears size M! Good luck!

  3. I love chiffon, yours look great! Next time, you'll have to make a bigger cake, so can share with all of us :)

  4. So beautiful! It's so classic and yummy!

  5. hey! i have the same fork as u!! =) from the look i can see that your cake is super duper spongy!!

  6. wow jean! your chiffon looks so impressive to me! can really see how light it is. i can have this all by myself!

  7. I like the colour contrast in your first pic!

  8. jean, this looks so delicate and dainty! id like to put them into my mouth right now!!

    good luck with the weight loss journey....its not easy at times but you can do it!

  9. Looks soft and inviting! Hey, I'm always thinking about dieting but never works, lol! Too many good recipes, too many temptations, lol! But good luck, I'm sure you'll do good...the new Jean! ;)))

  10. Indeed, a chiffon cake would be a good compromise for diet phase. Success!

  11. Wow! Cakes can't get any better than this.

  12. WOw, a chiffon cake using the real vanilla beans! I bet it smells and tastes extra vanilla-ish. Goodluck on the diet! Chiffon cakes are definitely the lesser of the evils around desserts :)

  13. hiya! If I can ever bake a successful chiffon cake , I would have more confidence in myself. You are one amazing baker!

  14. Jean, this looks like THE PERFECT chiffon cake. I am impressed! If I am living next door to you, I will be at your door begging for a piece.