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Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

This pumpkin chiffon cake is tender and sweet, with a hint of spice and a mild pumpkin flavor. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup large egg whites from 6-7 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar to taste


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Sift flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, and spices into a large bowl.
  • Add the oil, egg yolks, pumpkin puree, and vanilla.
  • Beat with a whisk or using a mixer on low speed until batter is smooth.
  • In another large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until the mixture forms soft peaks.
  • Gradually beat the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into the egg whites, blending until very stiff peaks form.
  • Use a rubber spatula to carefully fold one quarter of the egg white mixture into the pumpkin batter until just mixed. Repeat three more times with the remaining egg whites, folding until no streaks remain.
  • Pour the batter into an ungreased, 10-inch angel food cake pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool, inverted, for roughly two hours.
  • When the cake has cooled completely, run a table knife or thin spatula around the edges, gently loosening the cake from the pan before turning it out onto a plate.
  • Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar.


You'll get the best results with an ungreased pan inverted during cooling to prevent deflation.
This cake can also be made in muffin tins. Check for doneness at 20 minutes.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2470IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 0.7mg