Jun 242013

Tangerine Chiffon Cake (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

After purchasing many of the tangerines, known as cutie I found myself with too many tangerines in the fridge. So I decided to make a cake using the fresh squeezed juice from the tangerines. You can substitute with orange juice or even lemon juice.

In order to keep the cake light, I used sour cream frosting and garnished with honey caviar. The cake turned out awesome, the slightly citrus flavor of the tangerine, the tartness of the sour cream and the sweetness of the honey caviar were just a perfect and delicate balance in my palate.

Oh! Be aware that this recipe is for a small cake, 6 inches cake size…


Chiffon Cake

2 eggs, separated
51 g cake flour
5 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Sour Cream Frosting

1 cup sour cream
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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Pre-heat oven to 325F.

Cover a 6 inch round pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, baking powder together, whisk to make sure all the ingredients are combined thoroughly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. With the mixer running, slowly rain in the remaining 2 tablespoon sugar. Continue to beat the whites until stiff peaks form when the beater is lifted. Set aside.

In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale yellow add the vegetable oil slowly and then the vanilla extract. Continue beating until the mixture turns slightly thick. Pour the egg yolks into the dry ingredients, mix gently and add the tangerine juice and Grand Marnier. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until completely smooth.

Fold the beaten whites into the rest of the batter by gently spooning one-third at the time. Fold in the white slowly and carefully using a spatula. Be very gentle as you fold in the whites so you not deflate them. Gently fold in the remaining third of the whites.
Spoon or gently pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 325F and then 3 minutes at 300F, and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Remove from heat and invert the pan over an inverted cup. Set the pan aside in a quiet place until cooled completely, approximately 1 hour.

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Sour Cream Frosting

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients.


Cover the cake with the sour cream frosting. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours.

Garnish with honey caviar.

Serve cold

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If you enjoy this simple recipe for tangerine chiffon cake you might want to check on Chiffon Cake with Lemon Curd or Chocolate Chiffon Mini Cupcake.

Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes [dot] Me and have a great week!

  60 Responses to “Tangerine Chiffon Cake”

  1. This cake sounds wonderful! I absolutely love chiffon cake so much and I’ve been meaning to make an orange version. I love your honey caviar over the top. Mmmm…wish I could try it right now! : )

  2. Juliana querida que bolo lindo, a massa ficou estupenda, adorei, te desejo uma linda semana, bjs Ana ;).

  3. I really don’t do enough with tangerines! What a gorgeous cake this is!

  4. Tangerine cake sounds awesome! And it’s so pretty!

    Have a great week, Juliana!

  5. Such a stunning cake, I can just imagine how lovely the tangerine flavour would be! The honey caviar gives it a modern touch, too =)

  6. I love the softness of this cake, it looks gorgeous 😀


  7. What a magnificent texture! This chiffon cake looks amazing and ever so irresistible.



  8. Look at that wonderful texture! It looks absolutely divine and so soft 😀

  9. Looks really cool with honey caviar! Your chiffon has such a fine and smooth texture.

  10. I don’t see a lot of recipes for tangerines, but this is the second I’ve seen in two days. And I love the idea of a 6″ cake. I love small desserts that don’t leave me too many leftovers, and a smaller cake would be perfect. So pretty!

  11. This looks so good. Love the caviar on top!

  12. Hi Juliana, your chiffon cake look so cottony soft and the color look so lovely. Love the topping, really awesome. Wish I can have 1 slice now. 🙂

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

  13. Your cake is simply gorgeous! The honey caviar is a beautiful garnish! So lovely~

  14. wow great cake and love the way you used the honey caviar

  15. What an absolutely beautiful cake! I recently made a chiffon cake for the first time and loved it..your recipe with tangerine sounds wonderful! The honey caviar is a beautiful touch.

  16. That cake turned out beautifully. Cold, the sour cream frosting set nicely. Beautiful, Juliana!

  17. AMAZING!!! I love desserts and this moist and tart cake makes me salivate. I need a great slice of this cake today.

  18. It’s so fluffy!

  19. What a beautiful cake! I love that it’s small- hubby and I don’t need a huge one sitting on the counter calling to us at all hours of the night. I’ve never tried honey caviar, but it sounds like the perfect topping. 🙂

  20. Creative use of tangerines, love the idea.

  21. What a beautiful, unconventional use for those honey caviar pearls! I can’t get over how soft and fluffy the crumb of that cake looks, too.

  22. Lovely cake for the warm weather, looks lovely!

  23. Just love the spongy and yummy cake. I am not a fan of frosting so I will enjoy the cake as it is.

  24. Tangerine sounds like a lovely flavour for chiffon. Your cake looks so beautifully moist and fine.

  25. Sounds delicious Juliana! I love any cake with citrus in it. The honey caviar is a lovely touch. 🙂 Have a great week!

  26. It must be very fluffy and airy this cake Juliana! This is perfect especially now that the temperatures here have started rise above 35 degrees C.

  27. Gosh, I’ve never seen chiffon cake done in this manner! Oh, I remember those golden caviar! Beautiful piece of art, dear!

  28. love the addition of the Grand Marnier 🙂

  29. A beautiful cake Juliana, both in looks and flavour. The honey caviar dotting the cake looks like golden pearls…one of a kind!

  30. Your citrus cake looks gorgeous! I love your frosting too…

  31. Smiling because I have some “cuties” in the fridge too. This looks light and lovely, Juliana. Fun that you’ve used your honey caviar as decoration.

  32. What a beautiful cake, Juliana…especially decorated with the honey caviar. I’m so happy to have a recipe for a smaller sized cake since I usually am cooking for just two people.

  33. Gorgeous! I bet the frosting is delicious with the cake…the honey caviar looks delicious too! I love your chiffon texture, looks so light and fluffy!

  34. Me encanta su cake se ve como una esponja deliciosa lo haré me encanta,saludos y abrazos.

  35. I am a big fan of citrus cakes but not sure I ever had my fave citrus, the mandarine, for a cake. It just looks awesome and the touch of honey caviar is perfect.

  36. Anything with Grand Marnier in it has got to be good! Several days ago, I tried making the Honey Caviar, but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. It turned out very stringy and I couldn’t draw the syrup up into the dropper. However, ‘practice makes perfect’- I’ll keep on trying!

  37. I always bake 6 inch cakes and this is perfect!! Love the gastronomical honey caviars as a cake garnish 🙂

  38. This sounds terrific! I love the flavor of orange (second only to lemon!), and the idea of tangerine in cake sounds wonderful. Love the idea of a 6-inch cake, too – so cute! Good stuff – thanks.

  39. What a summery looking cake. I love how the texture looks so fluffy and light, too.

  40. Your chiffon cake looks so pretty especially with the honey caviar for decoration. I think tangerine juice would give the cake wonderful flavour and that’s a great way to use up a pile of citrus xx

  41. Hi Juliana,

    Your chiffon cake looks very pretty with all your honey caviar decoration. Very impressive!


  42. the texture of your cake is simply outstanding! tangerines are certainly underappreciated around here.

  43. I love that this recipe is for a small cake—goodness knows that Bill and I don’t need a big cake in the house. tangerine chiffon sounds light and tangy! a beautiful way to use your honey caviar.

  44. This cake looks so fluffy and soft and the colour is just irresistible. Not to mention the honey caviar and the presence of Grand Marnier which improves everything. Moreover it’s light! In short I love it!

  45. This is such a gorgeous cake.
    With the flavors of lemon and the addition of Grand Manier,mmh.
    Juliana, your honey caviar is so amazing!!

  46. Happy Thursday!

  47. Oh, I would love a piece any time! I have never heard of honey caviar before. Do you make it yourself using molecular gastronomy or do they sell it?

  48. That is one spectacular looking cake, Juliana. It looks so delicate and irresistible. I’ve never been very good at chiffon cakes and as for the honey caviar, way out of my league:)

    So happy you shared this recipe with us. Now, do you know how I can indulge in a slice through my computer?

  49. Lovely cake, it looks so spongy and soft. And a wonderful usage of tangerine!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  50. This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer. I am completely intrigued by the honey caviar. Looks Awesome!

  51. This Tangerine Chiffon Cake is so beautiful. I wish I have a 6-inch cake pan to make this. I think I only got the 9-inch pan and shorter too. I love how tall and beautiful this turned out. 🙂 The honey caviar looks like fun too. hehe… I always wanted to try my hand on molecular gastronomy but haven’t had a chance too. I’m tempted to do it.

  52. That cake looks so soft with added freshness from tangerine, nom nom nom

  53. LOVE Chiffon Cake and yours has all kinds of YASSS!!!

  54. Hi Juliana! It looks like you’ve brought out the good (ingredients) goodies with this beautiful tangerine cake- I would love a slice of this right now-with honey caviar..just over the top deliciousness;)

  55. What a beautiful cake! It looks so fluffy and delicious!

  56. What an absolutely stunning cake and so utterly soft and spongy. Love its simplicity, its delicate texture and the fresh sounding flavors. Just perfect for summer…especially with the crazy heat we are having in these parts.

  57. What a beautiful cake! I love the color from the tangerine juice.

  58. Sounds delicious. This was a great way to use your tangerines.

  59. Good day Juliana! Wow your cake looks & sounded fabulous. I have yet tried a tangerine flavour cake. Think should try it one of this day. Thanks for sharing dear.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy