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Marble Chiffon Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Makes

16 servings

This confection’s a real winner—in taste and in looks! It’s impressive, but I think that anyone can prepare it, regardless of baking expertise. I'm the third generation in my family to make it.—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota
Marble Chiffon Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • FROSTING:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Let eggs stand, separated, at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan, melt unsweetened chocolate over low heat. Add 1/4 cup sugar and hot water; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and remaining sugar. Whisk together the egg yolks, water, oil and vanilla; add to flour mixture and beat until moistened. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed; set aside.
  3. In another large bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into the batter, then fold in remaining whites. Divide batter in half; gradually fold chocolate mixture into 1 portion.
  4. Alternately spoon the plain and chocolate batters into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Swirl with a knife. Bake on the lowest rack at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake; cool completely. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan; remove cake to serving plate.
  5. For frosting, melt semisweet chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in cream and vanilla. Remove from the heat; whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Immediately spoon over cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 363 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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