Meyer Lemon Chiffon Cake
Chiffon cake is a retro American favorite, with many recipes that have been handed down from grandma’s time. With it’s light, airy texture, it’s easy to see why its popularity has endured through the generations. Our version is lit up by the fragrant and tangy taste of Meyer lemons.
- 7 large eggs room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 Meyer lemons zest & juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Meyer Lemon Glaze
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 Meyer lemon zest & juice
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Preheat oven to 325°F, and lightly grease a 10-inch tube pan.
- Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, and toss together to combine thoroughly.
- Separate the seven eggs, adding the yolks to a small mixing bowl, and the whites to a larger one.
- Add water, oil, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla to the eggs yolks in the smaller bowl. Beat together until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the egg yolk mixture to the flour mixture, and beat the batter until it is well combined.
- Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites. Beat the egg whites with a mixer or a whisk until they are stiff, but not dry.
- Fold the egg whites into the batter gently by adding a quarter of it at a time.
- Spoon the batter gently into the prepared tube pan. Using a clean butter knife, run through the middle of the cake all the way around to remove any large air pockets.
- Bake on the lowest rack of your oven for about 50 to 55 minutes. The top of the cake should spring back slightly when you tap it.
- When it is done, remove the pan from the oven, and invert it immediately and place on a rack – but do not remove from the pan. Allow it to cool for about 1 hour.
- Once cooled, run a sharp knife around the sides and center of the pan to release the cake.
- Combine the sugar, Meyer lemon juice and zest in a small bowl, and beat together until smooth.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan, and add it to the glaze as you whisk.
- Pour over the cake and serve.
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