Choffee Chiffon Cake Recipe

Choffee Chiffin Cake

In 1988, I was living in Albany, NY.  I was looking through the Pillsbury 100 Prize Winning Bake-Off Recipes, and I decided to make the Choffee Chiffon Cake, which was the first time I had seen a chiffon cake with coffee in the cake.  I made the cake, and boy oh boy was it good.

Choffee Chiffon Cake Recipe

Choffee Chiffon Cake

7 eggs, separated

1 tsp. cream of tartar

½ tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules or crystals

1/3 cup water

1 cup flour

2 oz. (2 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, grated

2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:   2 cups whipping cream

2 oz. (2 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, grated

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 ½ tsp. instant coffee granules or crystals

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F.  In large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until mixture forms soft peaks.  Gradually add ½ cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.  In small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored.  Gradually add remaining ½ cup sugar, beating until thick.  Dissolve 1 Tbsp. instant coffee in 1/3 cup water.

Blend coffee mixture, flour, 2 oz. grated chocolate and 2 tsp. vanilla into egg yolk mixture.  Beat 1 minute at low speed or just until blended.  Gently fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites.  Pour into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.

Beat at 325F. for 50 to 60 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.  Invert cake on funnel or bottle; cool completely.  Remove from pan.  In large bowl, beat whipping cream until slightly thickened.  Reserve 1Tbsp. grated chocolate for top.  Add remaining grated chocolate, powdered sugar, 1 ½ tsp. instant coffee and 1 tsp. vanilla to cream; beat until firm peaks form (do not overbeat).  Slice cake in half horizontally to form 2 layers.  Fill and frost cake.  Sprinkle reserved 1 Tbsp. grated chocolate over top.  Store in refrigerator.  20 servings

HIGH ALTITUDE – Above 3500 feet:  Increase flour to 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp.  Bake at 350F. for 45 to 55 minutes.

(Recipe for the Choffee Chiffon Cake was in the Pillsbury Classic Cookbook; 100 Prize Winning Bake-Off Recipes, 1987)

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