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Burnt-Sugar Chiffon Cake

 Burnt-Sugar Chiffon Cake
This tall, chiffon cake is a favorite when I take it to senior luncheons and church functions. The rich frosting complements every tender slice.—Mrs. LaVaughn Fisher, Kingfisher, Oklahoma
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup egg whites (about 7)
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a small heavy skillet, heat sugar until golden brown. Gradually
  • add water; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Let
  • egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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Burnt-Sugar Chiffon Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Position oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In
  • another bowl, whisk egg yolks, oil, water, vanilla and 6 tablespoons
  • reserved syrup. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended. In
  • another bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks
  • form; fold into batter.
  • Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter
  • with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack
  • 45-50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  • Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a
  • serving plate.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in
  • flour and salt until smooth; gradually add remaining syrup mixture.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened. Transfer
  • to a small bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, beat remaining butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar mixture. Spread frosting over
  • top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
To Make Ahead: Cake can be made the day before serving. Store the cake tightly wrapped at room temperature. The remaining caramelized sugar for the frosting can also be stored covered at room temperature overnight.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 589 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 503 mg sodium, 96 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.