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Orange Chiffon Cake

The delicate orange flavor of this simply delicious cake is perfect for rounding out a rich meal. The orange glaze would also be a nice way to top off slices of your favorite angel food cake. &Mdash; Marjorie Ebert, Conewango Valley, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, orange juice, oil and orange zest; add to dry ingredients. Beat until well blended.
  • In another large bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into orange mixture.
  • Gently spoon batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest rack at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
  • For glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan; add remaining glaze ingredients. Stir until smooth. Pour over top of cake, allowing it to drizzle down sides.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 333 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Jens
    Feb 1, 2021

    Made this cake with no modifications, and it is one of our favorites now. I love the simplicity of chiffon cake, with delightful orange taste. As with all light cakes, you can eat a really big piece and not feel too full.

  • Julie
    Sep 5, 2020

    I have been using this recipe for years and it is, by far, the best chiffon cake recipe! I typically do not make the icing as the cake is great as it is and I usually serve with ice cream or berries or simply dunk in coffee :)

  • baudine
    Nov 22, 2019

    This is to answer the last person "D" question regarding a request to suggest an oil to use in the Orange Cake recipe to replace Canola oil. My favorite go to oil for cooking at higher temperatures is avocoda oil.  It tastes more neutral than olive oil, especially once it's cooked. Avocado oil is meant for medium-high heat use. That means you can use it to sauté and bake (up to 449°F). Costco carries it in the large bottle.

  • D.
    Oct 27, 2019

    I've been searching for a serious orange cake and frosting recipe, but most of them use a cake mix and some kind of "oil" rather than butter. I do not use oils (except olive oil, occasionally) and olive oil is too strongly flavored to use in cakes. Besides, I do not heat the olive oil to 350 degrees anyway. What would you suggest in place of that AWFUL canola oil?? I may have to melt some butter and make a few cakes until I get the amount right, I suppose. No one ever answers these questions, believe me I've tried in the past.

  • Linda J
    Mar 27, 2019

    I have used to cake recipe forever and love it. Since I am not a big cake person but would like to make it for Easter as cupcakes. Can a chiffon cake be used in cupcakes??

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 3, 2017

    We love this light airy cake with the great orange taste!! This recipe is a keeper!!

  • Magda
    Feb 4, 2017

    Delicious! Instead of the orange glaze I used melted chocolate. Me and my family loved this cake!

  • Lort320
    Apr 18, 2016

    Loved this cake and so did my guests. Perfect cake for the spring time...

  • carolynstowers
    Feb 2, 2016

    This cake is so good and moist. I did use a different frosting, I make an orange butter cream frosting and pressed toasted coconut into the frosting top and sides of cake. I made this cake 43 years ago from a mix I purchased at the store, the mix was disconnected . I am happy that I found this recipe. This is one of my husband's favorite cakes. Thank you Marjorie and TASTE OF HOME. I also made up an orange food color . I made the cake medium orange color and the frosting darker. This don't help or hurt the flavor of the cake, it did make for a prettier presentation.

  • JenandBry
    Aug 1, 2015

    Love this! Exceptional flavor & texture. The 2nd time I made it, I cut corners for time & didn't allow the eggs to get to room temperature. Skipping this step made a HUGE difference in the texture of the cake. This cake is a definite favorite. Takes a little bit of effort, but is very worth it.