Chocolate-Espresso Chiffon Cake

This cake recipe is lighter and airier than many, thanks to the beaten egg whites.

Chiffon Cake frosting spoon
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
65 mins
Bake Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
65 mins


  • 8 eggs

  • 4 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee crystals

  • ¾ cup water

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup cooking oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 recipe Espresso Whipped Cream

Espresso Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee crystals

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Separate eggs, discarding 3 of the yolks or saving for another use. Let eggs stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Dissolve espresso in water; set aside.

  2. In large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; make well in center. Add oil, the 5 egg yolks, dissolved espresso, and vanilla. Beat on low until moistened; beat on medium-high 4 to 5 minutes or until satin smooth. Stir in grated chocolate.

  3. Wash and dry beaters. In 4-quart bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Pour chocolate batter in thin stream over surface of whites; fold to blend. Spoon in ungreased 10-inch tube pan.

  4. Bake 60-70 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched near center. Invert pan to cool. Carefully loosen sides; remove from pan. Serve with Espresso Whipped Cream. Makes 14 servings.

Espresso Whipped Cream

  1. In chilled bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, espresso powder or instant coffee crystals, and vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
19g Fat
42g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 147mg 3%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.