Unicorn Rainbow Tier Chiffon Cake, for my friend's very sweet daughter!
I've made many Rainbow chiffon cakes, but this is the first time I tried one with even thickness across 2 tiers. I was really nervous but thankful it panned out well. The challenge is to estimate and scale, and also divide the batter correctly for different pan sizes. The scaling comes from experience and I've sharing a scaling index across different pan sizes at the back page of my 2nd book Deco Chiffon Cakes.
Recipe for 6-colour Rainbow chiffon cake is in my 1st book Creative baking: Chiffon Cakes; it's on the cover of the book. Very happy that the Rainbow chiffon cake has been trending Singapore and Asia since the release of the book!
Recipe for the Tri-colour chiffon cake is below for you to try. It's a 4 egg recipe unlike the Rainbow chiffon, and uses a moister base formula. Do tag me if you try! Will love to see.
4 egg yolks
53g vegetable oil
7 g vanilla extract
80g Prima cake flour
Wilton or food colouring
5 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Prepare a tray of water at the bottom of the oven (I used the lowest rack to bake the cake). *You may omit steam baking; I like to use it for moister cake.
2. Beat egg yolks with sugar with whisk till light before stirring in oil, milk/water and vanilla extract.
3. Add in sieved flour and whisk till no trace of flour found. Divide the batter into 3 parts. Add respective wilton or food colouring.
4. Meringue: Beat the egg whites with ¼ tsp cream of tartar till firm peaks form or just to the point of reaching stiff peak, mixing in caster sugar in 2 additions.
5. Divide the meringue into 3 parts for each of the 3-coloured egg yolk batter above. Gently but quickly fold in the meringue into each batter 1/3 at a time.
6. Spoon the pink batter into the chiffon tin evenly, followed by the orange batter, and then lastly the yellow batter, leaving around 2 cm from the tip.
*Resist the urge to pour! =p
7. Gently tap the tin on table 3x to remove air bubbles
8. Bake the chiffon cake for 15 min at 160°C and then at 140°C for 30 min.
9. Invert immediately once out of the oven to cool
10. Unmould by hand after the cake is cool. Gently pull the cake from the sides of the tin at each angle and push the removable base up to unmould the sides. To unmould the cake from the base, gently lift up the cake from the base using hands, repeating this at each angle before turning the base over (see 'Hand Unmoulding Chiffon Cakes for a Smooth Finishing' video tutorial).
For the 9-inch pan, it's divide the recipe by 4 times 7.
The unicorn is also diy from chiffon cake! It's different from my other two versions of unicorns, and the hair is cut from strips of chiffon cake! You can imagine the work (and work of love involved =p). Briefly, I joined chiffon cake from an egg shell to chiffon cake from cone, and arms and feet are from swissrolls.
Have a sweet week ahead!
With lots of love,
In addition to scaling guide, Deco Chiffon Cakes also has an extended 6-page troubleshooting section for basic and deco chiffon cakes (not in the 1st book). Hope these will be very helpful to those attempting chiffon cakes.