Homemade Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe
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Homemade Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe

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“My mouth waters just thinking about this sweet, airy cake and its icing laced with the tang of lemon.” says Wendy Littman in Bradenton, Florida. “It was my mom's signature cake.”
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 526 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (69g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, water, oil, lemon peel and vanilla; add to dry ingredients. Beat until well blended. In another bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Gently spoon into an ungreased 7-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, milk and lemon juice until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Run a knife around side and center tube of cake pan. Remove cake to a serving plate; frost. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Chiffon Cake in Cooking for 2 Winter 2008, p7

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Cakebaker11 User ID: 8095603 146787
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014 Edited Nov. 15, 2014

"This cake was really good!!!! I put raspberries on top and it tasted amazing!!!!! Really glad I tried it!!!! :) Love your cake!!!!!!"

marcoates User ID: 164090 94249
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"This is for mcinque -- I don't do much baking, but I think that 1 cup of flour might be enough. This goes in a 7" tube pan. The other recipes that call for 2 cups of flour go in a 10" tube pan. Also this recipe only has 3 eggs separated compared to the other recipe(s) that call for 7 eggs separated. Hope this is helpful."

mcinque User ID: 4087161 162925
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"I would like to make this recipe because I love all things lemon. However, I am concerned that there is only one cup of flour. Can that be correct?"

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