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Pandan Chiffon Cake 香叶戚风蛋糕

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This is my mom's favourite chiffon cake.

The texture's somewhat softer than the coffee version, altho I just tweaked with the type of liquid used. I also used all purpose flour for this, but it's softer. Maybe it's due to the coconut milk. Maybe..

4 large egg yolks
75ml oil
115ml pandan leave juice (1/2 cup water blended with 1/2 cup cut up pandan leaves, strained)
25gm coconut milk powder
1/8 tsp salt
100 gm sugar
150 gm all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

4 egg whites
90gm sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar

1. Preheat oven to 170C
2. Warm pandan juice and mix in coconut milk powder. Stir until coconut milk powder is dissolved.
3. Mix (1) with the rest of ingredients (A) until well combined.
4. Beat egg whites until foamy. Put in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks.
5. Add in sugar and beat until stiff.
6. Fold 1/4 of egg whites into (A) and combine well.
7. Repeat step 6.
8. Fold in the rest of egg whites and combine well.
9. Pour batter into a clean tube pan and shake pan lightly left and right to level cake.
10. Bake at 170C for 40 minutes.
11. Invert pan immediately after removing from oven.
12. Cut cake when totally cooled.

44 lovely notes:

choy November 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM  

I like this kind of cake but hardly I can get around my place... miss it

wendyywy November 23, 2008 at 6:06 PM  

When u wanna come to my place again??? I make for u lor.. kekekeke

Anonymous,  April 29, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

I tried to make chiffon cake three times already. I failed my work all the time. Finally i found out i did not beat the eggs white enough.

Anonymous,  April 29, 2010 at 12:39 AM  

I just try to make this cake but my chiffon cake tin is too small yet I pour in too much batter, the cake rise higher than the tin. May I know what is the size of your chiffon cake tin?

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... April 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

Anonymous (29/4/10),
You can use both 22 and 25cm pans. There's a picture of them in my Orange chiffon Cake post.
If your pan is measure in volume, get one for 8 cups volume.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... April 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM  

Anonymous (2010),
Also, if there is extra, you can always bake them as cupcakes.
Or invert your "over the rim cake" over a wine bottle, this way you get some height away from the table.

Angeline July 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

Hi I am back! hehe.. mom is here so I intend to make her one now. I wonder if I should try out this recipe above or pandan chiffon cake 2. Pls advise.

Angeline July 5, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

I tried the above recipe. It turned out nice. My family like it alot. Thanks for sharing.My personal point of view, I find it slightly sweet. I may reduce 10g sugar in the future. Like I said, "personal". My friend said its fine.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 5, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

Yeah, this recipe's sugar content is the same as the orange version that you liked.
I only tweaked the flavouring, the base recipe is still the same. Feel free to decrease the sugar, but I think 10gm won't make much of a difference. I suggest that you reduce 20gm sugar in the yolk mixture.

Since you have tried this recipe, why not try another the other version. It's up to you.

Janjan,  January 21, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

can i use this recipe for my 22 cm chiffon cake tin?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more January 22, 2011 at 2:58 AM  

22 should stil be ok.
But it'll come right up to the rim. You can see that in my orange chiffon post, same recipe but diff taste only.
Get something to support it when you overturn cos it'll be very near to the table.

rafidah,  February 9, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

i like this cake and i've never try it.i love to see ur method looks easy and simple.

Anonymous,  April 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

If i cannot find pandan leaves, can I substitute with pandan oil?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more April 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Just mix 1 or 2 tsp of pandan paste with water to make up the pandan juice amount.
The flavour will not the the same as natural flavouring, but better than none :)

Anonymous,  May 22, 2011 at 7:53 PM  


Welcome back. :)

May i check with you, as i don't have coconut milk powder, may i change it with coconut milk instead?


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more May 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

Yes you may, but, make sure your pandan juice is very very concentrated.
Total amount of liquid should not exceed 115ml

Desmond,  June 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM  

Hi, if I bake them as cupcakes. How long do I need in the oven?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more June 26, 2011 at 1:13 AM  

About 25 minutes. But it depends on different ovens.

Anonymous,  August 5, 2011 at 12:02 AM  

I had try to make this chiffon , i just change the
coconut milk powder to 130g thick coconut milk.But at the end the chiffon still very tall in oven....but when i invert it , it's fall down.What happen to it?


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

How much pandan juice did you put in then?
If your total of liquid : pandan juice + coconut milk is 115ml +130gm, then the cake is way too heavy to sustain itself when inverted.

If you didn't use pandan juice, but 130gm coconut milk, the weight should still be fine, but then it'll be the problem of your egg whites. You must have overbeaten them. The peaks should be fat and pointy, not thin and pointy like the end of a turnip.

Anonymous,  August 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM  


I think i just put 3-4 soup spoon for the concentrated pandan juice only.Then when i eat the cake it's look quite moisture especially at the bottom.The egg white i beat until fat but it's not standing , the peak it's drop at the end there.


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 8, 2011 at 7:24 PM  

1 soup spoon is 20ml.So, the total amount of liquid is 80ml +130gm, which
So, you've put in more than double the total amount of liquid. No wonder your cake dropped. It's too heavy.
Chiffon cakes are rather sensitive. You need to take into consideration a lot of factors when you alter the recipe.

Some more your egg white is not stiff enough, it will not be strong. How much or how less you beat ur egg whites has a great effect on chiffon cakes.

Anonymous,  October 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

Do u mean to whisk the egg yolk and sugar till creamy n pale before adding all the ingredient A? And then to fold in the still egg white?


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more October 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

Whisking the yolks is not mentioned in the recipe. It's just mix, as in just mix.

Anonymous,  October 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

Hi hi

Any clue why my chiffon cake almost always drop out of the pan when inverted? Followed the liquid portion to the T at max 115ml...



wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more October 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM  

either it's underbaked or the whites are overbeaten

Anonymous,  October 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM  


After mixing all the ingredients in A, the texture is slightly grainy... Correct?



Anonymous,  October 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

Give up

My cake always drop off pan... First aft coming out of oven, it shrink itself off the sides, needless to say, it falls out once inverted. Again, I'm left w two big crescent shape cake. Utterly disappointed.


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more October 7, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

grainy? Is it the sugar?
Let it sit for a while then the sugar will melt.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more October 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

If you can only tell me it falls, but can't provide me with other information, It's hard for me to help you troubleshoot.
If possible, take a pic of the beaten egg white, the fallen cake, the pan (with cake bits still inside) email me to see.
BTW, have you tried baking it longer? If can, take pic of your oven for me to see too.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

tx so much!... let me try to get the pics to you... i'm quite convinced it's underbaked.. some parts of the end batter appears wet...

tx!. let me try to get them to you (before i give up)...


Nicole Wong,  September 3, 2012 at 12:22 AM  

Hi Wendy. Can I change the coconut milk to evaporated milk?

Nicole Wong,  September 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM  

TQ Wendy. If use coconut milk then the cake cant that long rite?

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM  

How many days do u think this cake will stay in your house? With coconut milk, 2 days no prob

Nicole Wong,  September 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM  

Wendy, thanx alot for the advice. Will try this cake this weekend after I have done pandan concentrate. Really cant wait. Hope will succeed.

Sweetie Yukari September 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM  

hi.may i know what is the size of the mould for this recipe?

Mrs O,  October 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM  

may I know the size of eggs used?

Jocelyn May 2, 2015 at 10:34 PM  

Hi Wendy

My cake do not rise as tall as yours. I used the fresh packet coconut milk and blend it with the pandan leaves. Total of this is 115ml. Hope is not due to this?
Thank you

WendyinKK May 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM  

Usually chiffon cake failures are due to egg whites or opening oven door before the cake is done.
Deriving natural pandan with your method is all ok.
Is this your first chiffon? Ever tried any other cakes made with egg separation method?

Sachi Hata November 9, 2015 at 2:59 PM  

hi wendy, just curious: why didnt u use cake flour for this? wont it produce a much softer cake? also in regards to recipes of chiffon cakes, can i use ratio method if i dont have the exact tin size? like for a 25cm tin would need 8 eggs, so if i have a 21cm tin and it requires 4 eggs, can i just halve all the dry ingredients n others as well?


WendyinKK December 22, 2015 at 11:34 PM  

Well, cake flour will be softer, but less stable in a high liquid recipe.
25cm pan, I will recommend a 6 egg or 5 egg recipe.
Half? No you can't, you should increase by the same %.
A 5 egg recipe will be 25% increment and a 6 egg recipe will be 50% increment.

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