Monday, 20 October 2008

The Cake Slice ~ Capuccino Chiffon Cake


This is my first cake for The Cake Slice event that is run by Gigi and Katie. The plan is to bake our way through all the gorgeous cakes from the wonderful book, Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne. I made this cake a couple of weeks back when I had guests over for dinner and it was a big hit, everyone loved this cake and we all agreed that it tasted like Tiramisu! If you would like to view more Capuccino Chiffon Cakes made by other members of The Cake Slice, then please visit our blogroll site: The Cake Slice Bakers!

Cappucino Chiffon Cake

Makes an 8-inch triple layer cake
1/4 cup of neutral oil (ie. vegetable, canola, or soybean)
6 eggs separated
6 tablespoons of freshly brewed espresso cooled to room temperature
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 and 1/3 cups of cake flour*
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
Cocoa powder or cinnamon for dusting

(*The recipe calls for cake flour and if you only have all-purpose flour on hand, you can substitute 3/4 cup (105 grams) all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons (30 grams) cornstarch.)


Espresso Syrup
1/3 cup hot freshly brewed espresso
1/3 cup of sugar
1/3 cup dark rum, such as Meyers*

(*if you want to leave out the rum you can use molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavored with almond extract to equal 1/3 cup. Or use 1 to 2 teaspoons of rum extract flavoring but you'll have less syrup.)


Vanilla Whipped Cream
3 cups of heavy cream
1/3 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla


1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom s of three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper but do not grease.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the oil, egg yolks, espresso, and vanilla; whisk lightly to blend. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar on medium-low speed until frothy. Raise the mixer to medium high and gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. Do not whip to stiff peaks or the cake will shrink upon cooling.

4. Add the espresso-egg mixture to the dry ingredients and fold together just until combined. Add one fourth of the egg whites and fold them gently into the batter. Fold in the remaining egg whites just until no streaks remain. Divide the batter among the pans.

5. Bake the cakes for 18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans. Once cooled run a knife around the edge of the pans to release the cakes. Invert onto a wire rack and remove the parchment papers.

6. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer flat side up on a cake stand or platter. Soak the cake with 1/3 cup of the espresso syrup. Spread 1 and 1/3 cups of whipped cream evenly over the top of the cake. Repeat with the next layer the same steps. Finally top with the third layer. Soak with syrup and frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped cream.

7. To decorate the cake smooth out the whipped cream as much as possible on top. Lay a paper doily on top and sift cocoa powder or cinnamon over the doily to reveal a lacy detail.


Espresso Syrup
makes 1 cup

In a bowl, stir together the espresso and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum and let cool to room temperature.

Vanilla Whipped Cream
makes 6 cups

Place the cream, sugar, and vanilla in large chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters. With the whip attachment, beat the cream until stiff peaks form.

28 comments:

Maryann said...

Oh my! I just gained 5 pounds! ;)

Moogie said...

It looks wonderful. I have yet to slice into mine. I hope it looks as good as yours.

Beth said...

Yours looks so professional - I need to improve my decorating skills

Jo said...

Great job on your cake and it looks really delicious.

Bunny said...

Great job on your cake!

Ivy said...

That looks like a very impressive cake.

Rosie said...

A wonderful job you made on your cake Maria - well done :)

Rosie x

Lisa said...

Can I have a slice? Wow!

Jacque said...

Yours looks perfect! I'm impressed that you were able to keep the cocoa off the sides of the cake.

Maria said...

The layers are beautiful! Great job on the cake!

The Bahens said...

Beautiful job on your cake!

Happy cook said...

You ladies have been really busy making this cake.
Looks yumm

Margaret said...

Such a stunning cake - well done on your achievement!

Gigi said...

your cake came out so nice! I love how smooth you got the whipped cream. awesome job!

Katie said...

Your cake looks wonderful and so tall. I thought it tasted like tiramisu too - divine

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Wow! that cake is a showstopper, you did a great job.

Caroline said...

Your cake turned out beautifully, looks beautiful!

Deborah said...

Your cake looks perfect!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks great! Well done.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so good! I love it!

Reeni said...

Triple layered gorgeousness! I have an award for you, I hope you'll come visit my blog and claim it!

Nazarina A said...

Wow this cake made me go into chocolate overload, but who would not, it is soooo good!!

Emiline said...

My-oh-my! What a wonderful-looking cake!

nicisme said...

Oooh, I'm sure that slice has my name on it! Looks fab!

lilmizlynn said...

Your cake looks yummy!! Great job on the cake!

SiHaN said...

i do agree these were like tiramisu but i felt the espresso syrup to be a little on the sweet side. Still a wonderful cake nonetheless!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

lovely blog here, Maria..my! the graveyard does luk scary!

Martha said...

WOW!!!