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?
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!