Green Tea Chiffon Cake

This is one of my favorite desserts to make because it is so delicate. This is an adaptation of a chiffon cake recipe from the mother of Yuri Asano, my co-founder of Harvest Time in Harlem. It has since become an easy favorite of mine for entertaining, especially after a large meal. Don't skimp on the quality of green tea powder, as the better ones lend a gorgeous color and fragrance to this cake. Serve with whipped cream, fresh fruit, fruit purees, custard or chocolate sauce.

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 55 min
Cook: 50 min
 
YIELD: 8 to 10 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (74 milliliters) vegetable oil or any other neutral-flavored oil, plus more for oiling pan
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green tea powder (matcha)
  • 2 cups (230 grams) cake flour or superfine flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (200 grams) superfine or caster sugar
  • Vanilla Chantilly Cream, recipe follows, for serving
VANILLA CHANTILLY CREAM:
  • 2 tablespoons icing or confectioners' sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup (235 milliliters) heavy or double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly brush just the bottom of an angel food cake pan with oil; do not oil the sides.

Dissolve the matcha in 3/4 cup (170 milliliters) hot water in a heatproof bowl or cup. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites with 3 tablespoons of the sugar until the meringue holds medium-stiff peaks. Spoon the meringue gently into a large bowl, taking care not to lose the air in it. In a separate bowl, beat the yolks and the remaining sugar on high speed until pale yellow and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the green tea and oil in a slow and steady stream down the side of the bowl. Beat until completely incorporated. Working in 3 batches, gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg yolk mixture. Next, very gently fold in the egg white mixture in 3 batches as well.

Carefully pour the batter into the pan and bake, turning about halfway through, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan upside-down on a cooling rack until completely cool. Use a thin metal offset spatula or a thin knife to run along the sides and metal core of the pan to unmold. Slice using a serrated knife and serve with Vanilla Chantilly Cream.

Place the sugar in a bowl and pour the cream over. Add the vanilla seeds and whisk on medium high using an electric mixer until soft peaks form and it is smooth and creamy. Do not over-whisk.

Notes

Don't over-mix this batter when incorporating the egg whites. Fold them in very gently using a rubber spatula.

You can substitute any other flavoring instead of the green tea. Try espresso, citrus or vanilla, too. Just keep the amount of water or liquid the same. It is a very versatile cake base.

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