Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chocolate Chiffon Cake for Auld Lang Syne


Here is one of my all-time favorite desserts which I posted back in 2009 and thought I'd reprise for old time sake in celebration of the new year. 


A feather-light, chocolate chiffon cake coated in an equally light and fluffy whipped cream frosting studded with toffee bits, this cake is sublime and would be a fitting end to any celebratory meal. 


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you who stop to visit a Very Happy and Healthy 2012! I am grateful for all of your comments, support and friendship.

In remembrance of long-standing friendships and those yet to come...Cheers everyone!


Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Toffee Frosting
Printable Recipe

Serves 12

3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa
1-3/4 cups sifted cake flour
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
7 egg yolks, unbeaten
1 tsp vanilla

7 egg whites
½ tsp cream of tartar

Combine hot water and cocoa and let cool. Sift together dry ingredients. Make a well and add oil, egg yolks, cooled cocoa mixture and vanilla. Beat until smooth. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff adding cream of tartar. Pour egg yolk mixture in a thin stream onto entire surface of egg whites, gently cutting and folding with spatula until completely blended. Pour into ungreased 10” tube pan. Bake at 325 for 55 minutes and then at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Invert until completely cool. Run a long, sharp knife around sides of tube pan and invert onto a work surface. Split horizontally into 2-3 layers. Fill and frost with chocolate topping recipe.

Chocolate Topping-Filling (I double this recipe)

1 pint whipping cream
12 ounce package milk chocolate Heath bits (reserving 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top of cake)
1 16-17 oz jar rich, fudge topping such as Dove or Smuckers

Whip whipping cream until very stiff. Fold in other ingredients and frost cake layers. Refrigerate cake after frosting.

Can be frozen.

49 comments:

  1. Susan,

    I have my dinner group soon and all of them are chocolate lovers. Your recipe will definitely be my dessert, it looks fabulous. I never make anything with chocolate because DH doesn't like chocolate????? I ask you why would anyone not just LOVE chocolate????? I am a chocoholic myself. Thank you for sharing this, I am very anxious to make it and I may go ahead, make it and place it in the freezer to save me some time.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and have a safe evening.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  2. It looks so pretty. I must remember for the next birthday celebration.

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  3. Oh my... I'd love a big ole piece of that cake! Happy New Year Susan-wishing you a wonderful 2012:@)

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  4. Look delicious!!! Happy New Year!!

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  5. This certainly looks good! I don't think we can get those toffee bits up here, but I'll bet it will work just as well with a crushed toffee bar.
    Happy New Year!

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  6. Happy healthy New Year, Susan! xo

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  7. Have a great New Year, Susan. The gnocchi were a big hit for Christmas ( the vegetarian begged for and got the leftovers). Making ice cream sandwiches for new years eve... but this cake looks like something I should put in rotation... you have such great recipes!

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  8. You are starting the New Year with a yummy dessert! :D
    Wishing you a Wonderful New Year!!

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  9. The best looking cake I have seen in ages! This takes the cake!

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  10. Cute video and yummy cake! I like the light fluffy frosting!

    Thank you for the recipes you sent. I cooked the tenderloin in the oven but brought it out too soon even for our medium-rare family. We sliced it and broiled just a bit. It was delicious! I appreciate your help :)

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  11. Your cake looks delicious. You can never go wrong with chocolate.

    Happy New Year and here's to a wonderful 2012!

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  12. There is nothing better than a dense and rich chocolate cake!

    Wishing you and your family a very happy new year!

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  13. Looks Delicious!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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  14. What a beautiful treat!
    Wishing you all the best for 2012!
    Rita

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  15. Beautiful Cake!

    Happy New Year! :::::: clink

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  16. On my next to-do list for cakes! Chiffon cakes are my favorite cakes of all time, and I have never tried a chocolate version.
    Wishing you a great and healthy and prosperous 2012.

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  17. Un dolce supergoloso! Complimenti e felice 2012! :-)

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  18. Mmmmmm, even after all the holiday goodies-that looks delicious!
    Happy New Year!
    -Lynn

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  19. I wish to you a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year Susan! The cake looks fluffy and tasty!Sometimes we need to return to our classic old recipes! It si quite refreshing!

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  20. Love chiffon cake. Love chocolate. Love this! Wish you a Happy New Year!

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  21. I'm passing this recipe along to "The Baker" since I just asked for a chocolate birthday cake.

    Wishing you a delicious 2011.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  22. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than having a piece of this! all the very best for 2012
    Mary x

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  23. wow what a great cake love this :-)

    happy new year :-)

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  24. Your cake sounds delicious with the fluffy frosting. Would make a wonderful treat for any occasion! Happy New Year and wish you and your family a wonderful 2012!

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  25. Look delicious Susan!I wish you a very happy New Year,all the best....A warm hug

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  26. Chiffon cake is my favourite foam cake! The toffee frosting looks extremely delicious.

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  27. It looks beautiful and sounds luscious. I like light and airy cakes. Chiffons have been ignored far too long, maybe 2012 will be their year. I think it is the year of the cake.

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  28. It looks delicious, Susan! I bet it was too!
    I don't think I have what you have, mine is more throat and lung related, and oh my aching head from the coughing!

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  29. Happy Happy New Year Susan! I would love a slice right about now ;o)

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  30. oh my that looks decadent! stopping in to wish you all the best Susan in this brand new year.

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  31. Oh, goodness, I have to stop looking at these delectables...! Delicious!
    Ronelle

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  32. That cake looks fantastic. Seeing it first thing in the morning, I'd rather have a big hunk of that instead of my cheerio's.
    Happy New Year!

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  33. Happy New Year Susan!
    This chocolate cake looks delicious, light and fluffy. Beautiful with the frosting.

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  34. happy New Year!

    I wished we had this cake on our table :)

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  35. I hope you had a wonderful New Year Susan. That cake does look and sound quite sublime. I'm impressed that it calls for 7 egg yolks, it must be rich. What a great way to end 2011.

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  36. Oh my goodness... drooling over the beauty of this cake! Looks delicious.

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  37. I love chocolate cake but sometimes it's just too...dense. This sounds like the perfect cake to turn to in such situations! I'm loving it!

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  38. I don't think there is a more loved recipe than homemade chocolate cake. Thank you for a year of wonderful posts and great recipes, Susan. I'm looking forward to seeing what's going on in your kitchen in 2012.

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  39. Lucky friends, Susan! What a beautiful cake! Happy 2012 to you and your lovely family!
    :)
    XO
    Valerie

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  40. First of all...happy wonderful new year and thank you forbthis recipe, Chiffon cake is one of my favourite cakes, never tried in chocolate version.... I'll try this one!!Hugs and blessing, Flavia

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  41. What a magical looking cake.

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  42. Now THAT is a beautiful cake. And why does the word 'chiffon' make it seem as if there are no calories involved?

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  43. Love the recipe and I'm a huge chocolate cake fan, and if i was having my last meal one thing id order would be a big slice of Choc cake. But why stop there make that a whole choc cake instead of just a slice!
    Richard

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing! This cake is amazing and I’ve been inspired to feature it in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. If you have any objections, please let me know. Moar, moar, MOAR please :)

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  45. ohhh now...those look great..
    proud following you..:)
    check out mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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  46. oh my gosh! this looks amazing!!!

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  47. I just made this cake. Wow! A masterpiece. Cake is extremely light and fluffy, and so is the frosting. Really excellent. Next time though I may add a bit of orange zest to the cake and/or the frosting, but that is just me because I like the combination of chocolate and orange zest. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the frosting; and I may too, if not double the frosting, do 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 of it.

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  48. I just made this cake. Wow! A masterpiece. Cake is extremely light and fluffy, and so is the frosting. Really excellent. Next time though I may add a bit of orange zest to the cake and/or the frosting, but that is just me because I like the combination of chocolate and orange zest. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the frosting; and I may too, if not double the frosting, do 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 of it.

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    1. Thank you very much for letting me know! It is one of my family's favorites. Great idea to add the orange zest.

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