This is one of my most favorite desserts to make because it is so delicate. This is an adaptation of my co-founder of Harvest Time in Harlem, Yuri Asano’s mom’s chiffon cake. It has since become an easy favorite of mine for entertaining, especially after a large meal. 


  • 1½ tablespoons green tea powder (matcha)

  • ¾ cup (170 millilitres) hot water

  • 2 cups (230 grams) cake flour or superfine flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ tsp kosher salt or sea salt

  • 7 large eggs, separated

  • 1 cup (200 grams) super fine or caster sugar, separated

  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) vegetable oil, or any other neutral flavored oil

  • Vanilla Chantilly Cream

  • 2 tablespoons icing or confectioners sugar, (or to taste)

  • 1 cup (235 ml) heavy or double cream

  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped

  • Note

  • You can substitute any other flavorings instead of the green tea. Try espresso, citrus, or vanilla too.  Just keep the amount of water or liquid the same.  It is a very versatile cake base.


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius.

  • 2.

    Lightly brush just the bottom of an angle food cake mold with oil. Do not oil the sides.

  • 3.

    Dissolve the matcha in the hot water in a heat-proof bowl or cup. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

  • 4.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • 5.

    Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites with 3 tablespoons sugar until the meringue holds medium-stiff peaks, making a meringue. 

  • 6.

    Spoon the meringue gently into a large bowl, taking care not to loose the air in it.

  • 7.

    In a separate bowl, beat the yolks and the remaining sugar on high speed until pale yellow and fluffy.  Reduce the speed to low and slowly add green tea and oil in a slow and steady stream on the side of the bowl. Beat until completely incorporated.

  • 8.

    Working in three batches, gentle fold the dry ingredients into the egg yolk mixture. Next, very gently fold in the egg white mixture in three batches as well.

  • 9.

    Carefully pour the batter into mold and bake, turning about halfway through, at for about 50 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean.

  • 10.

    Let cake cool in the pan inverted/upside down on a cooling rack until completely cool. Use a thin metal offset spatula or a thin knife to run along the sides and metal core of the pan to unmold.  Slice using a serrated knife.

  • Vanilla Chantilly Cream:

  • 1.

    Place the sugar in an electric mixer and pour the cream over. Add the vanilla seeds and whisk on medium high until soft peaks form and it is smooth and creamy. Do not over whisk.  

  • 2.

    Serve with whipped cream, fresh fruit, fruit purees, custard, or chocolate sauce. 

  • Note:

  • 1.

    Don’t over mix this batter when incorporating the egg whites. Fold them in very gently using a rubber spatula. 

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 463kj
  • Fat Total 24g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Protein 9g
  • Carbohydrate 52g
  • Sugar 28g
  • Sodium 401mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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