Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe

Lemon chiffon sponge cake with whipped cream and candied lemons

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Light and fluffy chiffon cake with a hint of lemon, topped with fluffy whipped cream and candied lemon slices.


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Lemon Chiffon Cake

  • 60ml Water (1/4 cup)
  • 60ml Lemon juice (1/4 cup)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 6 Large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 38g Caster sugar (I) (3 tbsp)
  • 80ml Vegetable oil (1/3 cup)
  • 150g Cake flour (1 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 6 Large egg whites
  • 90g Caster sugar (II) (1/3 cup 2 tbsp)

Whipped Cream

  • 240ml Thickened cream (1 cup)
  • 25g White sugar (2 tbsp)

Candied Lemon Slices

  • 200g White sugar (1 cup)
  • 240ml Water (1 cup)
  • 1 Lemon, thinly sliced


Lemon Chiffon Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F and prepare an ungreased 8-inch aluminum chiffon cake tin with a removable base
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the water, lemon juice, lemon zest, egg yolks, vanilla extract, caster sugar (I) and vegetable oil, whisk to combine
  3. Sift in the flour and baking powder and whisk until just combined
  4. Add the egg whites to a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, and whisk until foamy
  5. Add the caster sugar (II) and whisk on medium speed until stiff peaks
  6. Add 1/3 of the meringue to the egg yolks and whisk until just combined
  7. Transfer the lightened egg yolk mixture to the remaining egg whites and gently fold until just combined
  8. Gently transfer the batter to the prepared cake tin and give the tin a few taps to remove any large air bubbles
  9. Bake for 45 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 140C/285F and bake for 15 minutes or until an inserted skewer emerges clean
  10. Remove from the oven and invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely
  11. Once completely cooled run a thin knife around the sides and base of the cake to unmould
  12. Slice and serve alone or with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh fruit

Candied Lemon Slices

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to the boil
  2. Add the lemon slices and cook on low heat for 15 mins, or until the slices are translucent
  3. Remove the slices from the heat and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper
  4. Allow the lemon slices to dry for at least 1 hour

Whipped Cream

  1. Combine the cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until stiff peaks
  2. Transfer the cream to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip


  1. Unmould the cooled cake
  2. Top with cake with dollops of whipped cream and top with candied lemon slices
  3. Enjoy!
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