Pandan Chiffon Cake Ver 2.0

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Not many cake recipes get to stay in its original version in my home kitchen.  Sometimes, I tweak with lesser quantity of an item, mostly likely sugar.  Other times, I substitute an ingredient with a different, preferably a healthier one, and call it an improved version.  I have been using olive oil to bake my pandan chiffon cakes for years.  This time, I substitute with cold pressed coconut oil, and I wonder what took me so long to make this switch!  Coconut oil stays liquid here at our room temperature of 30C, so I don’t even need to melt it.

I mix the yolk batter with a hand whisk since it doesn’t require flexing that much arm muscles, compared to making the meringue, which I totally rely on my Kitchen Aid.  This is partly because I have only one mixing bowl that fits the electric mixer and also mostly due to the fact that I hate the need to wash it in the middle of cake preparation.  I love cooking, but I really really detest the tidying/washing up bit, especially when cooking from scratch requires the use of a lot more utensils than making something out of a box of premix.  The upside: you get to boast about it being homemade from scratch … so make sure you flaunt it big time by serving it with a personalized cake topper that says it is so!

~ Happy Baking!


largely adapted from an earlier bake here

for yolk batter:
6 egg yolks
20g sugar
50g extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
100g coconut milk
1 teaspoon condensed milk
2 teaspoons pandan leaf juice
100g top flour, sifted

for meringue:
6 egg whites
80g sugar
12g corn flour

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and sugar till well combined.  Add coconut oil, coconut milk, condensed milk, and pandan leaf juice, whisk to mix again.  Finally, fold in sifted top flour and stop stirring when no traces of flour is seen in the batter.  Let this batter mixture stand aside while we prepare the meringue.

Whisk egg whites till frothy, and add sugar, continue whisking on high speed till soft peaks form, note: not stiff peaks.

Add corn flour, whisk for 10 to 15 seconds and check if stiff peaks have formed, if not, whisk again for another 10 seconds before checking on the stage of peaks again.  The meringue should be whisked only to its early stage of stiff peaks, stop when the peaks no longer droop; over-whisked-too-stiff meringue bears the risk of an uneven final cake batter as it is more difficult to be folded uniformly into the yolk batter.  The corn flour is said to add gloss and stability to make a better meringue. Try not to omit this, unless you have absolutely no other uses for corn flour and do not want to stock it just for chiffon cake recipes.  Cream of tartar does the same thing, but I have more uses for corn flour than tartar, so I use corn flour.

Fold the meringue gently into the yolk batter in 3 separate additions.  Once the batter is well mixed, tap/bang the mixing bowl on the counter top to remove any large air bubbles inside the batter.  This will make the cross section of the sliced chiffon cake looks nicer with uniform sized holes during serving.  Pour the batter into a 23cm tube pan** (do not grease it, you want the cake to really stick to the pan as it will be inverted after baking) really slowly, this will prevent further air bubbles being trapped while transferring.  When done, tap/bang the cake pan on the counter top again, a few more times, just to make sure that the large air pockets are gotten rid off.  Alternatively, you can run a butter knife across the cake batter, but I hate washing another item, so … I just bang.

Bake for 40 minutes in a preheat oven at 170C.  If the top appears too dark during the mid of baking, cover with aluminum foil.  When done, check with a skewer to make sure that it comes out clean, if not, extend the baking time by another 5-10 minutes.  So far, I never bake this 6-eggs cake beyond 40 minutes, however every oven temperature is different, so it is best to check.  Once the cake has been baked thoroughly, remove it from the oven, and invert the cake pan immediately on a rack to cool to prevent the chiffon from collapsing on its own weight.

Once the cake is cooled, separate the cake from the tube pan, first from the side, then the bottom.  Serve immediately, and yes, the cake should be served with the prettier bottom side up.  If not consume immediately, store in air tight containers and finish as soon as possible.  If storing overnight, keep chilled in fridge.

** I only have a large 25cm tube pan, that’s why my photos show a considerably flatter cake that most other recipes that are baked with 6 eggs and 21/23cm pans instead.  The original recipe I adapted from used an even smaller 16cm one!  I have since checked that I should be using a recipe that uses 8 eggs so that the cake rises all the way to the top of my 25cm pan.

Pandan Chiffon Cake

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This Pandan Chiffon Cake recipe was from a corporate desktop calendar.  No celebrity chefs or food bloggers (the recipes compiled were contributed by the staff of the company) , no fancy ingredients, no hype and just one simple photo of the cake.

Adapted from : Ascendas 2013 Calendar, November Recipe


  • 100g cake flour, sifted
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 50g olive oil
  • 50g fresh milk
  • 50g coconut cream
  • 50g condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pandan leaf juice


  • 100g castor sugar
  • 12g corn flour
  • 6 egg whites

Oven Temp : 180C
Duration : 35 minutes of baking, 15 minutes of cooling
Bakeware : 16cm chiffon pan ( I used a 26cm bundt pan without problem)

01. In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, combine egg yolks and castor sugar well at medium speed.
02. Add olive oil, fresh milk, coconut cream, condensed milk, pandan juice, and mix till well combined.
03. Fold in sifted cake flour.  Let batter mixture stand for 10 minutes.
04. In a separate mixing bowl, with a whisk attachment, beat ingredients B (egg whites, cornflour, castor sugar) till stiff peak stage.
05. Fold in egg white mixture gently into the batter mixture in 3 additions, just until blended, without deflating the batter.
06. Pour batter into chiffon cake pan.  Run a butter knife across the batter to remove air pockets.
07. Bake at 180C for 35 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
08. Invert pan on a rack to cool for 15 minutes before removing to serve.