Daffodil Cake

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I've made this cake for my children(see photo below), grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is their favorite birthday cake...it's light and tasty, and lends itself beautifully to decorating. I often place a small arrangement of fresh flowers in the center.


  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add cream of tartar and vanilla; beat on medium speed until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until soft peaks form. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; fold into egg white mixture. Set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat egg yolks and water until thick and lemon-colored. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into egg yolk mixture. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Alternately spoon yellow batter and white batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately invert pan; cool completely.
  4. For frosting, combine the sugar, flour and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in pineapple juice until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Remove cake from pan to a serving plate. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 255 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.