Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Ingredients

Orange Chiffon Cake Base

30g vegetable oil

Some orange zest

35g fresh orange juice

55g cake flour

3 eggs (about 55g each)

50g granulated sugar

5g lemon juice

5g vanilla extract

 

A 6-inch round chiffon cake pan

 

Notes: By cake flour, I mean low protein flour, which normally contains 7-9% protein (Mine is around 8%). Not self-rising flour.

 

*You have to use a chiffon cake pan to make this chiffon cake. Regular round cake pans won’t work.

 

Topping and Filling

120g heavy cream

12g granulated sugar

1g salt

Fresh Strawberries

Mini chocolate balls

 

Steps:

  1. Wash the oranges. In a clean bowl, bring together vegetable oil, orange zest and fresh orange juice and mix well. Sift in cake flour and mix well. Separate the eggs. Add the egg yolks into the batter mixture and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 302(150). Grab a 6-inch round chiffon cake pan. Do not grease it.
  3. Add sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract into the egg white bowl, and use a hand mixer to beat in medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Take a scoop of whipped egg white and gently fold it into the batter until just combined. Scoop in rest of the whipped egg white and gently fold it in until just combined. Pour all the batter into the chiffon cake pan, give it some taps, and send into the oven to bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Take the cake out of the oven right away, give it a tap or two, turn it upside down and let it cool on the cooling rack. *Never skip this step or the cake will just collapse.
  5. Wait until the cake is completely cool down; take it out of the cake pan and slice in half.
  6. In a clean bowl, bring together heavy cream, sugar and salt, and beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer into a piping bag. Spread the cream over a slice of cake and cover it with another slice. Spread a thin layer of cream on its surface and divide the cake into six equal pieces. Draw Santa Claus with the whipped cream on each piece, strawberry as his hat and mini chocolate balls as the eyes.
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