Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe

Lemon Chiffon Cake

I absolutely love spring and seeing all the new fresh fruit available!  When I saw the huge lemons in my grocery store last week, I immediately wanted to bake something light and lemony that would remind me spring is just around the corner!

This Lemon Chiffon Layer Cake is a recipe out of a very old cookbook that my grandmother left to me.  The cake is light and airy – with a not-too-sweet whipped cream frosting and filled with creamy delicious Lemon Curd.

I hope you’ll give it a try!

Slice of Lemon Chiffon Cake 2

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 1

Lemon Chiffon Cake

This Lemon Chiffon Layer Cake is a recipe out of a very old cookbook that my grandmother left to me.

The cake is light and airy – with a not-too-sweet whipped cream frosting and filled with creamy delicious Lemon Curd.


  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup lemon curd (homemade or store-bought)
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups heaving whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon of lemon curd


    For the frosting:
  1. Whip the heavy cream and sugar in a large chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the lemon curd and combine well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to frost the cake.
  2. For the cake:
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the six egg yolks, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup of sugar.
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth and set aside.
  6. In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites and cream of tarter until light and foamy. Slowly add in 1/2 cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
  7. Stir about 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the cake batter and mix. Gently fold in the remaining egg white mixture.
  8. Divide the batter between the 3 prepared pans. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched with your finger.
  9. Place the hot pans on a wire rack and allow the cakes to cool in the pans. Once cool, run a blade around the edge of the cake and invert to remove the cake from the pans. Peel away the parchment paper.
  10. To assemble the cake, place one layer on a cake pan, then generously spread about 1/3 cup of lemon curd over the top. Add the next layer of cake and repeat. Place the third cake on top.
  11. Frost the top and sides with the whipped lemon cream frosting. Chill until ready to serve!

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)

(3) 8″ round ungreased cake pans, lined with parchment

This cake was so light and lemony  – perfect for spring and Easter!

Happy Caking!



  1. Ashley says

    That frosting is so light! I topped this beauty with candied lemons. I received some pretty awesome reviews. I’m going to try it out as cupcakes this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Sanjana says


    I really want to try out this recipe, but instead of three, I want to make 6 layers. Obviously, each layer would be much thinner. So how should I make any temperature/baking time adjustments in that case?

  3. Jude says

    Made this as a birthday cake, but instead of three 8″ pans, I used two 9″ springforms. This batter is thin, so the pans leaked a bit, and my floor is not quite level, so one of the, turned out a little lopsided :/. All that aside, the cake turned out AMAZING. 🙂 Very simple, very light very fluffy.

    Gonna add this one to the recipe book, thanks!

  4. says

    i have made this cake. Yes it sank a bit by the sides of the cake too. But that was not too bad. The texture and taste was great. My customers were pleasantly surprised at how light and tangy this cake was! Many repeat orders! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful cake! 🙂

  5. Rajah says

    I just made a variation of this cake using your cake batter recipe and it turned out amazing!

  6. Karen says

    Just made these and used buttermilk oops not sure if my switch out did this or not but when I took them out of the oven to cool they separated from the sides of the pan like an inch. I can’t wait to ice them and make some lemon curd. This looks like an amazing cake!

  7. Billie says

    I had a real issue with this cake sinking down and away from the sides. The cake was definitely cooked (took much longer than 16 minutes in my oven?!) so I have no idea what went wrong. Please help! Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated.


  8. Christina says

    Thank you for the recipe. I was even able to modify and use the LorAnn oil in Champagne flavor to make a WONDERFUL champange cake filled with whipped cream and strawberries. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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