Lemon Chiffon Cake for a birthday is the best. Olivia made this cake for me on my birthday and it was perfection. I love lemon anything from shampoo to beverages so this cake was the perfect choice to celebrate my special day. My two kids are very thoughtful when it comes to birthdays (and actually all the time) so this cake was a special birthday surprise that I will remember for a long time.
Lemon Chiffon Cake is Light and Airy
As the name would indicate, Lemon Chiffon Cake is a delicate and light cake. I always like to look up the meaning of the words in recipes so I did, and found that Chiffon comes from the French language. Not surprising since it sounds like a french word to me. What was surprising, however, is that the word means “rags”. Originally chiffon was bits of ribbons and embellishments tied or sewn to the hem of a garment in order to flutter daintily about. Next, dressmakers used the word to describe a light and fluttery fabric. Finally, in the 1920’s the culinary world borrowed the term to describe a light and airy cake.
Mr. Baker Keeps a Secret
A caterer from California aptly named Mr. Baker created the first chiffon cake. He kept his recipe a secret from 1927 to 1947 and then sold the cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant. Finally, he sold the recipe to Betty Crocker. The first printed recipe came from General Mills in a pamphlet in 1948 and called it “the first new cake in 100 years”. Chiffon cakes indicate a cake made with stiffly beaten egg whites, vegetable oil, and usually less sugar than a regular cake. The result is a refreshing cake that is satisfying but not loaded with sugar. And just in case you’re wondering, March 29th in the United States is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. Who knew??