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Stella's Chocolate Chiffon Cake

I started making this chocolate cake back in 1992 when I found it in a church cookbook. The contributor of the recipe is actually my friend Shirley's mom. I have made it countless times and as she suggests in the recipe. . ."Always turns out good!". It makes a large angel food pan but I have kept a little batter back to make a dozen cupcakes and the cake it still plenty big enough if you are planning on slicing it and filling it. A chiffon cake has a very tender, moist crumb.

  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup light vegetable oil
  • 8 farm fresh eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Mix together the cocoa and the boiling water or coffee and allow to cool.
  2. On a large sheet of waxed paper, take a sieve and run your flour, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt through it two times. 
  3. When you separate your eggs,  break the egg white into a small bowl first and then add it to the rest of the egg white in a large glass or metal bowl that you have rinsed in hot water to make sure there is no grease in it. Put the egg yolks into a medium sized bowl.
  4. Beat the egg whites with the remainder 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form.
  5. Put the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  6. Add the oil, the egg yolks, the cocoa mixture and the vanilla.
  7. Slowly stir in the egg whites with a spatula, put in a bit at a time, and be gentle.
  8. Pour the batter into an angel food pan.
  9. Bake the full cake at 375 for about 60 to 70 minutes. Poke a toothpick into the crack to make sure it comes out clean.
  10. For cupcakes, bake about 15 minutes and then poke with a toothpick to test to be sure it is done.
For the chocolate pudding icing.
  • I use 1 small package of chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 package of dream whip
  • 1/1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • Beat it together until nice and thick. . .
I layer the pudding icing with layers of whipped cream and broken Toblerone bars.


  1. Delish Lovella...who can resist a really good chocolate cake or cupcake recipe! And that pudding icing is 'new to me' so I am looking forward to trying it. You know, I've been thinking...I need to take a couple of weeks holidays and just sit at home and try all these wonderful recipes...there are so many great ones. Lucky readers!!!

  2. My mouth is watering , Lovella... I'm wondering ..... hmmmmm.... could it be possible... a gluten-free version ??? It's the filling that is over the top...and so if the best part is gluten-free can the rest be far behind ? smile

  3. Looks yummy, Lovella. I really like the pudding icing...especially on kids cakes (not quite so sweet). I do one that is pudding & coolwhip.

  4. "Pretty Good"??
    What to make now . . . I kind of thought I had two dessert chosen for Christmas, but one always needs something chocolaty, too, right?

  5. oh dear, i just wanted to pop in and see what was up before i started baking for my bible i have to bake more! :^). yummy is right!
    i love that kind of icing too. we usually have that on our chocolate cake as well. kids love it and you change it up with differant flavours!

  6. Great presentation Lovella..I could go for this chiffon cake even though chocolate is not on my top favorite list! I also make a pudding icing(whipped cream and pudding)for my cakes, prefer it because as was mentioned it's not so sweet.

  7. Little gourmet cupcakes are all the rage right now and these would be a perfect little treat to serve. My daughter has a tiered cupcake holder and I just love it when she displys her cupcakes that way. I will have to give her your recipe to add to her collection, and I will have to try these too. I just took butter tarts out of the oven, but now that I see these I need some chocolate:) Kathy

  8. Hi Lovella! I'm wondering how long you bake your cupcakes for? I think that I will try to use this recipe for a purely cupcake batch as I'm in search of a good, from scratch, chocolate cupcake recipe. How long should I bake them for? Thanks again for sharing for your recipes and kindness with us!

  9. I' also wondering how long to bake these for when in cupcake mode. Thanks, Nancy


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