Lilikoi Chiffon Cake

by jenjenk on April 22, 2010

Nothing conjures up the taste, smell, and images of Hawaii than the taste of Lilikoi [passion fruit].  Well, nothing except for the smell of salty sea air, warm balmy breezes, tuberose, shave ice, and plate lunches, of course.  Combine the tart sweetness of Lilikoi curd, airy clouds of whipped cream, with a chiffon cake and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a little taste of fluffy heaven.


Chiffon cakes are deceptively easy to make [especially if you’ve tried your hand at macaronage].  One way to help ensure that the cake achieves its airy and fluffy consistency is the use of cream of tartar, which will help stabilize and give more volume to the egg whites.  Of course, the first time I made it, I was so focused on  whipping the egg whites  to perfection that I completely forgot to add the baking powder and salt.  My victims co-workers actually liked it though so no harm was brought to my victims co-workers. I’ve made it twice for them and they cleared it up both times.


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Manggy April 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

I love layer cakes (yours looks so beautifully tall and layered)– and chiffon cake is my favorite cake to make. ever. And one of my favorite cakes to eat (sure to please a lot of people, as it's not too sweet). The recipe I use has egg yolks, though, 40% of the weight of egg whites. Maybe one day I'll video myself making one, hehe :)

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Jen April 23, 2010 at 1:50 am

HA! no way, marc! YOUR layers are always so perfect and beautiful. I aspire to be like you some day…in the distant future!

Ok, thanks for catching that part about the egg yolks. My recipe, when I write it out correctly as it has been corrected above, also has yolks! …must've been listening to the voices in my head again!

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LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! April 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

That cake looks so tasty! How do you layer the frosting so perfectly, i can never get it right. What is lilikoi?

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Jen April 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

N: lilikoi is passion fruit. FANTASTIC to work with!! love it!! I actually didn't frost it perfectly – I took the photo from an angle & from far away! :)

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Fuji Mama April 30, 2010 at 12:18 am

This cake is STUNNING! Will come and make one for me? :)

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Jen April 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Next year, for your bithday!! :)

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