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Discover ways to make “Renee Fleming” golden chiffon cake, a lemon-flavored candy deal with that’s assured to thrill anybody who tastes it.

This lemony cake soars above all others in my repertoire, making it the soprano of golden lemon desserts. (It’s the counterpart to the Chocolate Domingo from The Cake Bible, which I name the tenor of chocolate desserts.) It’s terribly mild, tender, moist, and lemony — in a phrase: divine. It required 17 checks to good the feel. The breakthrough got here with the invention of beating the whites past the stiff peak stage, which gave larger quantity, and elevating the oven temperature barely to set the construction extra shortly. This cake is devoted to my favourite soprano of the golden voice: the incomparable Renée Fleming. The particular garnish is a stardust path of powdered golden lemon zest.

Renee Fleming Golden Chiffon Cake


4 massive eggs, separated, plus 1 further egg white, at room temperature
¼ cup canola or safflower oil, at room temperature
¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
¼ tsp pure lemon oil, ideally Boyajian
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (Notice: unbleached all-purpose flour prevents the cake from deflating considerably.)
¾ cup superfine sugar
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp superb sea salt
½ tsp cream of tartar


Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F if utilizing a darkish pan).

Mix egg yolks, oil, water, lemon zest, lemon oil, and vanilla.

Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk beater: combine flour, all however 1 tablespoon of sugar, baking powder, and salt on low pace for 30 seconds. Make a nicely within the heart. Add the egg combination to the nicely and beat on low pace till the dry elements are moistened, scraping down the edges of the bowl as vital. Increase the pace to medium-high and beat till very thick, about 1½ minutes. Put aside.

In a separate bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk beater: beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-low pace till foamy. Step by step increase the pace to medium-high and beat till tender peaks kind when the beater is raised.

Beat within the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and proceed beating till very stiff clumps kind when the beater is raised, about 2 minutes.

Gently fold the meringue into the batter in three components.

Utilizing a silicone spatula, scrape the batter right into a 9×3-inch springform pan. Run a small offset spatula in circles by way of the batter to forestall air pockets and clean the floor.

Insert the rose nail, base aspect down, into the middle of the batter in order that it sits on the underside of the pan. (The batter ought to fill a 3-inch-high pan slightly below half-full.)

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. The cake will dome above the highest of the pan. Keep away from opening the oven door earlier than the minimal baking time or the delicate cake might fall. Watch rigorously. When the cake lowers barely, and a picket skewer inserted between the edges and the middle comes out clear, take away the cake from the oven.

Let the cake sit for about 1 minute, simply till it’s now not larger than the rim of the pan. Instantly invert the cake, nonetheless within the pan, onto the ready wire rack and let it cool for about 1½ hours, or till the surface of the pan is cool to the contact.

Invert the pan once more. Run a small steel spatula between the edges of the pan and the cake, urgent it firmly in opposition to the pan and shifting it in a sideways method.

Take away the cake strips and the edges of the springform and launch the underside of the cake from the underside of the pan, urgent the spatula in opposition to the underside of the pan. Invert the cake and raise off the pan backside.

Take away the rose nail and reinvert the cake onto a serving plate.

Excerpted from The Baking Bible, © 2014 by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  

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