Pecan Peach Chiffon Cake


6 eggs, separated
½ tsp (2 mL) cream of tartar
¾ cup (175 mL) sugar
2 ¼ cups (550 mL) all purpose flour
¾ cup (175 mL) sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5mL) cinnamon
½ tsp (2 mL) nutmeg
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
½ cup (125 mL) canola oil
½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla
½ tsp (2 mL) almond extract
¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice
¾ cup (175 mL) finely chopped peaches
⅔ cup (150 mL) very finely chopped pecans


  1. In large mixing bowl, beat 6 egg whites and until foamy. Add cream of tartar. Beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Add ¾ cup (175 mL) of sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, and continue to beat egg whites until glossy peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In second large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk to combine ingredients.
  3. In third large bowl, beat 6 egg yolks with canola oil until well blended. Add vanilla, almond extract and orange juice. Mix well.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and beat slowly until ingredients are well combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in peaches and pecans.
  6. Spoon about ¼ of the egg whites into the batter and stir into the batter. Add remaining egg whites and gently fold into the batter.
  7. Pour mixture into an ungreased 10 inch (25 cm) angel food pan. Run spatula through batter to eliminate any large air bubbles. Smooth top.
  8. Bake at 350 ̊F (180 ̊C) for about 50 -55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn pan upside down and rest tube on small glass. Allow cake to cool completely.
  9. Run knife around edge of pan and tube. Invert cake onto cake plate. Cover top and sides of cake with Brown Butter Icing. (Recipe follows.).

Makes 10 - 12 servings.

Brown Butter Icing
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
2 ¼ cups (550 mL) icing sugar
1 ½ tsp (7 mL) vanilla
3-4 tbsp (45 – 60 mL) water

  1. In small saucepan, melt butter and let simmer over low heat until butter is the colour of light brown sugar.
  2. Beat in icing sugar and vanilla and approximately 3 tbsp water. Add additional water to reach desired drizzling consistency.

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 480.6
Carbohydrate 69.8g
Protein 6.8g
Fat 20.1g
Sodium 212.4mg
Fibre 1.6g