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Marble Chiffon Cake

This confection’s a real winner—in taste and in looks! It’s impressive, but I think that anyone can prepare it, regardless of baking expertise. I'm the third generation in my family to make it.—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • FROSTING:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Let eggs stand, separated, at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan, melt unsweetened chocolate over low heat. Add 1/4 cup sugar and hot water; mix well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and remaining sugar. Whisk together the egg yolks, water, oil and vanilla; add to flour mixture and beat until moistened. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed; set aside.
  • In another large bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into the batter, then fold in remaining whites. Divide batter in half; gradually fold chocolate mixture into 1 portion.
  • Alternately spoon the plain and chocolate batters into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Swirl with a knife. Bake on the lowest rack at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake; cool completely. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan; remove cake to serving plate.
  • For frosting, melt semisweet chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in cream and vanilla. Remove from the heat; whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Immediately spoon over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 363 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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