Moist and Soft Cocoa Chiffon Cake

Moist and Soft Cocoa Chiffon Cake

This is a cocoa version of my plain chiffon cake recipe. Plenty of cocoa makes a slightly bitter-sweet taste for adults. It also keeps it moist and soft.

Ingredients: 17 cm chiffon cake pan

Egg white (Large)
Lemon juice
1-2 drops
[A] Sugar
40 g
[A] Cornstarch
5 g
[B] Egg yolk (Large)
[B] Sugar
35 g
Vegetable oil
50 ml
90 ml (room temperature)
[C] Cake flour
65 g
[C] Cocoa powder
20 g
[C] Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon


1. Whisk egg white and lemon juice in a bowl. Add the mixed together [A] ingredients in three separate amounts and beat until a soft peak forms. Please be careful not to over whisk.
2. Place [B] in another bowl and mix over boiling water until white and thick and the sugar dissolves into the mixture. Mix it over heat. Then add a little vegetable oil and then milk alternately and whisk some more.
3. Add the sifted [C] ingredients and mix with a whisk, making a large circle.
4. Your batter should be ready for the next step once the flour disappears in the mixture, like in this picture.
5. Now add 1/3 of meringue into this batter and mix with a whisk in a cutting motion.
6. Then transfer this into the remaining meringue. Combine gently with a rubber spatula.
7. Mix from the bottom of the bowl to the top. Do not knead. Please be quick. The cocoa powder makes it difficult to retain the tiny air bubbles in the meringue.
8. Pour the batter into the chiffon cake pan - working from further away towards you. Doing so makes it more easy to spread the batter in the mold evenly.
9. Tap the mold on the kitchen counter to release any bigger bubbles in the batter. Support with your hands so as not to spill the batter.
10. Bake in a preheated 170℃ oven for about 40 minutes. Once it is baked, turn it over and allow to cool.
11. As the cake cools slightly, cover with a plastic bag to prevent drying out.
12. Remove from the pan once it has cooled completely. Run a palette knife around the cake between the cake and mold to remove.
13. Once you have removed the outer mold, you can remove the base.
14. Turn over the cake onto a plate and remove the inner base mold.
15. Slice into desired size and serve with whipped cream.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is cocoa version of my chiffon cake recipe. The bitter-sweet taste combines so well with heaps of heavy cream.