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Chiffon Cake - what oil to use?

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Chiffon Cake - what oil to use?

What are the qualities of oil that I should be looking for when making chiffon cake? The recipes I've found vary from olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, etc. Which is best and why?

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Heidela123

Neutral vegetable oil of your choice is best nothing saturated like no to coconut or palm oils
I use canola, it works perfectly
I did use olive oil one time because I adore an Italian olive oil cake I grew up with, but I think the fact it is no " unsaturated " and was mono saturated was the problem it was too heavy
I am looking forward to reading how your cake come out!

I don't think I mentioned it but I sift AP with cake flour half and half with the baking soda and salt several times, then one more for good luck
This is one case were sifting really matters I think

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BakerNewbie

I made a chiffon cake earlier. Looked beautiful when it came out of the oven. As it cooled, it deflated within 10-15 minutes. I'm not sure where I went wrong. Maybe it cooled too fast? Perhaps I should let it cool in the oven with the door ajared? I used a 9 inch cake pan instead of the angel cake pan (the one with the center tube) since the angel cake pan is non-stick and the cake seems to separate from the walls and collapse.

I'm trying to copy this recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RzEg3Etg9w. The difference is that I have subtracted 20C from oven temperature to account for my fan forced oven.

Any ideas what might have gone wrong? My meringue looked a bit beyond stiff peaks, too.

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FlourChild

Look for a silver tube pan (i.e., one that doesn't have a non-stick coating).  The tube provides support for the batter, and cakes that are designed to work with the center tube often won't work with a layer cake pan.  

Re: which oil, I've used safflower and canola with success, but my favorite is walnut or almond oil, because of the beautiful flavor they bring to the cakes.  I use either the La Tourangelle brand, or else save the oil that separates from the top of jars of nut butter (it freezes well).  

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Heidela123

Does the recipe use cream of tarter? If not try one that does? It does wonders!

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Heidela123

This is almost exactly the way I make chiffon cake
Use pandanus to taste and a little vanilla
Take out the lemon ...or leave it the cake only has rind
Good luck
After all the cake talk I picked my blackberries extracted the juice collected duck eggs
Assembled the cake, all seems perfect
I forgot the sugar :( it is horrific tasting

Duck food I gues
Repurposing it!