Strawberry forever. Recipe: strawberry chiffon cake

Strawberry Chiffon Cake #3

Where I grew up, we could not grow strawberries.

Living in a tropical country, while we had abundance of mangoes, custard apples, dragon fruits etc., we did not have strawberries. Available every summer were the local mulberry varieties – they were sweet and sour and made excellent cordial.

Then, strawberries appeared in one late summer, around 10 years back, from some farmers in the highland area of the country (Da Lat). My close friend at the time, O., would go crazy for them and I never understood why. Those strawberries were small, not at all luscious.The taste was sour and uninspiring.

It was not until I resided in Australia that I discovered my true love for this fruit. We have strawberries very often in our home. No preparation neccessary. Just simply enjoy the fruits as they are, au naturel. A perfect fruit needs not any prepation (the other one is navel oranges – I’m crazy about them).

Lately though, I kept on thinking about a lovely chiffon cake I made once, ages ago. I remember the flavours very well – fruity with slight yoghurt fragrance although the cake itself is dairy-dree. The cake also has a different texture from normal chiffon cake since real strawberry puree is used here.

The amount of the recipe is originally for a 8-inch tube pan. My chiffon pan is much larger (10-inch), but I was too lazy to adjust the measurement. Hence, a smaller and not as tall cake. Never mind. The cake is so soft and fragrant, something I love.

You can serve it with chocolate sauce. I wanted to enjoy the strawberry goodness, so I served the cake with strawberry compote and some grated chocolate.

Strawberry Chiffon Cake #2

strawberry chiffon cake

Adapted from here. I’ve increased the amount of strawberry and did not use any artificial flavouring.

Ingredients:

5 egg yolks
40 gm. Castor sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt

250 gm. Fresh Strawberries – puree until fine
80 gm. corn oil
3 tsp vanila extract

120 gm. cake flour
1 tsp. Baking powder

5 Egg white
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
70 gm. Castor sugar

Method:

(1) Mix the egg yolks with sugar and stir until well mixed.

(2) Add in cornoil, strawberry puree, vanilla extract and stir till well-mixed. Add in flour and baking powder and stir until smooth .

(3) Beat egg white with cream of tartar and while egg white is beating, pour in sugar gradually and beat till stiff.

(4) Fold egg white with the egg yolk mixture and pour into a greaseless 23 cm or 25 cm tube pan and bake at 175C for about 50 mins.

(5) When cake is done, remove from oven and overturn the cake onto a wire rack until cool. Remove from pan. Serve.

below: a dreamy girlish kind of photo :)

Strawberry Chiffon Cake #1

I’m sending this entry to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is organised by Haalo of Cook almost anything at least once. Our current host is Chris from Mele Cotte.

37 Responses to Strawberry forever. Recipe: strawberry chiffon cake

  1. Deeba PAB says:

    Beautiful post, whimsical pictures and a cake I have yet to make one day! Lack of an angel cake tin keeps me away, but I do love what you did with it! It's gorgeous Ahn!

  2. sasasunakku says:

    So pretty! I love strawberries too. I just read though that since the skins are so thin, they are one of the worst for soaking up pesticides so if possible it's best to get spray free or organic. Not navel oranges though (I love them too) cos their thick skin protects them.

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is a wonderful chiffon cake!

  4. Tangled Noodle says:

    Strawberry and chiffon make such a lovely pairing – an airy, sweet cake! As much as I love strawberries, I sometimes pine for mangoes, dragon fruit and fresh jackfruit that are not so common here. We must enjoy all of these fruits whenever we can!

  5. Pam says:

    That looks so good!

  6. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Fab! I must get around to baking another cake. Maybe you can guide me!

  7. My Little Space says:

    Such a tempting recipe! You just reminded me of my strawberries… still in the refrigerator! Have to make good use of it. Hop eyou're having a great time, dear.

  8. Jo says:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious. It must have smelled heavenly too with the strawberry puree. Better than using essence that's for sure.

  9. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    So so so gorgeous, Ahn! You make a simple cake look so … romantic. ;)

  10. Ingrid says:

    Seems kinda strange to think of strawberries as being hard to come by in certain countries.

  11. zurin says:

    so pretty! I made a cake n used cherry puree and it turned out the same colour as yours. It was a sponge cake. Yours looks lighter and daintier and so pretty!

  12. Maria says:

    I am yet to make chiffon cake, but I love how light and moist and deliciously addictive it can be!

  13. Barbara says:

    Oh Anh! This looks delicious! Chiffon cakes are sooooo good! Never have had a strawberry one.

  14. redmenace says:

    I think your cake is just perfect in every way. I'm so happy you ended up living in a place where you can have lovely strawberries. It was simply meant to be!

  15. Jamie says:

    What a lovely post and photos. This cake looks and sounds delish!

  16. FFichiban says:

    Ooh yuummmm simply gorgeous cake! Strawberry and chocolate combo is divine

  17. Marcellina says:

    Beautiful delicate cake! I love chiffon cakes! I too grew up climbing the big old mulberry tree and strawberries were a rare occurance. Thank goodness for great transport that delivers fresh strawberries from the southern parts!

  18. Anh Thu Vuong says:

    Hoang Anh oi, di thi Master Chef di!

  19. shaz says:

    Completely understand where you are coming from ANh. When I first got to Oz, I'd go ga-ga over the strawberries. Beautiful post and gorgeous cake. Bookmarked :)

  20. Heavenly Housewife says:

    A strawberry cake sounds like the perfect summer desert. Delicious with the strawberry compote.

  21. Fresh Local and Best says:

    This is a stunning cake. I love chiffon cakes and strawberries, this is perfect for summer.

  22. grace says:

    how delightful! kudos to you for eschewing the artificial flavoring–more strawberries make it better in more ways than one! gorgeous work, anh!

  23. Johanna GGG says:

    how funny that dragon fruit were common in your childhood – I only discovered them a couple of years ago – but I grew up with strawberries being a regular fruit – though I never had them in cake – this looks quite amazing

  24. Chef Dennis says:

    what a perfect strawberry cake…..and not at all a girlie photo, just an amazing photo!

  25. Jamie says:

    Perfect chiffon cake! I make vanilla or chocolate but have never thought to add fruit! This is wonderful!

  26. Trissa says:

    Strawberries were also hard for us to come by growing up in the Philippines so I used to drool over recipes such as these ones thinking I could never make it – but now in Australia – am luck to have access! And the cake looks perfectly fluffy.

  27. Zara says:

    Beautiful cake and this recipe comes very in time, since soon we're going to harvest some strawberries from our garden, not much but should be enough for a cake;)! And i just love such dreamy girlish styling!

  28. Forager says:

    Gorgeous photo – love the vintage pink hue on the last photo. This looks like a wonderful cake and must have made your house smell amazing!!

  29. Agnes says:

    I LOVE chiffon cake, and yet I've never baked it before. I need to rectify this very soon!

  30. Erica says:

    That cake sounds and looks really scrumptious…..:)

  31. tigerfish says:

    Hardly see strawberry chiffon around though I enjoy a good fluffy soft chiffon anytime!

  32. TREAT AND TRICK says:

    Hi…this looks delicious and beautifully presented…

  33. myfrenchkitchen says:

    Your cake looks so delicious Anh…not to mention LIGHT! And with strawberries…it can't be better with chocolate I'm sure! and as always such beautiful photography!

  34. Soma says:

    A beautiful cake and a beautiful post. i have never baked a chiffon cake before. I love the cake, the cute plate and the back ground. So very pretty.

  35. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    This looks delicious. I still cower in fear a little when any recipe calls for a lot of eggs and whipping them hehe.

  36. bittersweetblog says:

    Lovely cake! That texture looks incredible, as if it would be light and fluffy as a cloud. :)

  37. daphne says:

    yum! dont u just love it when fresh berries are in season? This looks too pretty to eat- Perfect for tea time!

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