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Lime Chiffon Cake Recipe

Lime Chiffon Cake Recipe

The next time you spot lovely little limes at the grocery store, pick some up and make this outstanding cake! A cool, refreshing curd peeks out from every tender slice.—Redawna Kalynchuk, Sexsmith, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 7 eggs, separated
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lime peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Lime peel strips


  • 1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, water, oil, lime juice, lime peel and vanilla. 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.
  • 3. 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 at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan; set aside.
  • 4. For lime curd, in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk the eggs, sugar, lime juice, peel and salt until blended. Add butter; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • 5. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold in 1-1/2 cups curd.
  • 6. Cut cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with remaining curd. Top with remaining cake layer; spread whipped cream over top and sides of cake. Garnish with lime peel. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 600 calories, 33g fat (14g saturated fat), 255mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 266209
Reviewed May. 22, 2017

"Planning to make this for a family BD BBQ and wanted to take a trial run. Made as written. OMGOODNESS!!! so light and delicious!! I could drink the lime curd with a straw!!

The frosting seems firm enough to pipe it on, which I hope to do.
Not a complicated recipe, just a lot of steps and prep.
I would definitely recommend using a regular tube pan. I used my bundt pan, and had a bit of a challenge getting it out of the pan. However, it all turned out GREAT in the end. DELICIOUS!!!"

anna User ID: 9066069 260978
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"i tried this recipe and the cake turned out lovely! i did follow bubutaro's reduced sugar measurements and also increased the amount of lime juice in the cake batter and reduced the amount of water accordingly to give it more 'zing'."

bubutaro User ID: 8890276 250197
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2016

"My family loves it! It's very refreshing, best to serve this summer. The recipe is too sweet for me so when I made the 2nd time, I lessen the sugar in the cake to 1 1/4 cups and 1 cup in lime curd. Perfect sweetness and tartness! The next time I'm making this cake again, I'll add banana extract to taste like candy. Just like I do for my lemon bars. Yum!"

kaly_ab User ID: 1070646 118900
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"Light yet full of citrus love! Sure to impress anyone with this fantastic cake."

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