Saturday, May 14, 2011

Time to Celebrate My Hot Pepper Win!!...Lemon Chiffon Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Filling


It's time to celebrate!  Thanks to your wonderful support I was honoured to be voted Chuck Hughes' Hot Pepper Challenge winner. I can't thank you enough for voting on my Super Burger. I  was in the company of two formidable competitors, AvaDJ and Alley_bee who did an amazing job on their burgers. Thanks to both of you for such a fun experience!
So then, what better way to celebrate than with a cake recipe post! The cake I chose for the occasion is one of my favourites.  It's an adaptation of Canadian Living's orange chiffon cake recipe.  Instead of using orange juice, I added the juice of one lemon and enough water to arrive at the amount of liquid called for in the original recipe. The  lemon curd filling  topped with fresh raspberries and my chantilly frosting makes for a special celebratory cake. Recipes for the lemon curd and chantilly frosting can be found by clicking on the link. The adapted cake recipe can be found below.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tina of  Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner  for the awards she bestowed on my blog recently. I  invite you to check out her  authentic and delicious Filipino recipes  on her blog by simply clicking: Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner

Cake Batter
2 1/4 cups sifted cake and pastry flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 egg yolks
8 egg whites
zest of one lemon or 2 tablespoons
juice of one lemon + enough water to make 3/4 cup 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cream of tartar

In a large bowl, sift the flour, 3/4 cup of the granulated sugar,baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl whisk 6 egg yolks, the rind, 3/4 cup water/ lemon juice mixture and the 1/2 cup of oil.  Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk until the batter is smooth.  You can also use an electric beater. Set aside.

In a separate large bowl, beat the 8 egg whites until foamy and then add the cream of tartar.  Continue beating until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar ( 2 tablespoon at a time), until stiff glossy peaks form.  Gently sir in 1/4 of the egg whites into the cake batter and then fold in the remaining egg whites. Pour into 2- 9" prepared cake molds (grease and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal after baking.).  Bake in a pre-heated 350º F oven for 35-40  minutesThe cakes are done if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


  1. Congratulations on the win!!! The cake looks awesome and fitting for the celebration :)

  2. Oh how I love a lemon cake! Once again Anna, a HUGE congrats on "taking the cake" in the Hot Pepper Challenge (lol...yes, pun intended). I think being a fellow Montrealer and in the nearby neighbourhood of Chuck Hughes it was your destiny, a perfect fit. Thank you also for your kind words of encouragement and endless compliments throughout the challenge. Loved the input from your mom as well :0)

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! (Yes, I am shouting - happily). That is huge and fun and deserved. And I may just have to make that cake for my birthday - raspberry and lemon curd is a celebratory combination.


  5. Congratulation Anna!Wonderful cake!

  6. Congratulations Anna on your win! You were all fantastic, you certainly had some worthy competitors as well!

    The cake looks great as well! Lemon and raspberry is such a fabulous combination!

  7. Wow! Congratulations for winning, Anna!!! Well deserved!
    Your Lemon Chiffon Cake looks awesome! I bet it tastes so good too!

  8. I am so excited that you won...not surprised though. Congratulations, and this is a wonderful cake to celebrate with :)

  9. Congratulations Anna! That Lemon Chiffon cake looks beautiful! X

  10. Hi Ava, Thanks for your good wishes. Too bad their could only be one winner. At least I've redeemed myself with my mom.LOL I'll say it again you did an amazing job with the burgers. Loved the contacts we've had thanks to this challenge. Still waiting for that blog of yours! Take care.

  11. Claudia, a truly sweet comment..thank-you. I'm sure the cake will be a big hit, if you do make it.

    Jennifer, Thanks for your good wishes. You definitely have that right, AvaDJ and Alley-bee did an amazing job on the burgers.

    Tina, thanks for your support during the contest and your good wishes. Happy you enjoyed the cake recipe.

    Alisha, thanks again for your support in the challenge. In all honesty I really didn't think I would be the next "Hot Pepper". I wasn't kidding when I said that one look at my opponents' presentations, and my own family was swayed in their favour. I'm truly humbled by the win.

  12. Congratulations on the win!
    Love chiffon cake and layered with lemon curd sounds really wonderful.

  13. wow this looks the cake for the times!! i could sure flag this for a happy occasion to celebrate!!

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN! i'm sure you're still thrilled abt it!!

  14. Congratulations!!! My mouth just watered looking at this cake