Lemon Chiffon Cake with Strawberries is a light and refreshing summer dessert. You know I've always got to have something sweet. I was craving lemon and decided to try a chiffon cake from scratch. I adapted the recipe from my trusty The Southern Living Cookbook and the result was quite pleasing! From scratch cakes are usually a challenge for me but this recipe was a breeze and turned out really moist. The lemon flavor is bold and is complimented by the sweet strawberries. A perfect dessert for summer picnics and barbecues and if you add a few blueberries with the strawberries, you have a pretty Fourth of July dessert. This is definitely going on my list of favorite lemony desserts. What is your favorite summer dessert?
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Lemon Chiffon Cake with Strawberries
adapted from The Southern Living Cookbook
- 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- zest of 1 lemon, about 1 teaspoon
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs at room temperature, separated
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- ¼ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, sift flour, add sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle and add oil, egg yolks, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on high until smooth.
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until at soft peak stage. Continue to beat adding remaining ½ cup of sugar a few tablespoons at a time until at stiff peak stage.
Pour batter mixture over egg whites and gently fold together.
Pour into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan. Spread batter evenly.
Bake for 1 hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
Invert cake pan and cool completely. Carefully run a knife around the edge and center of the cake and remove from pan.
*While cake bakes, prepare strawberries. Stir together sliced berries and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Slice and serve cooled cake with a spoonful of strawberries. A dollop of sweetened whipped cream would be good too, if you have some!
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