Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cheesecake like Mango Yogurt Chiffon Cake

"Mum, is this a cheesecake?" asked my confused and satisfied son after enjoying a slice of this cake. "You said that it is a chiffon cake but it tastes a little like a cheesecake."

My son is right... Although this mango yogurt chiffon cake is light and spongy and contains NO cream cheese cake at all, it has a cheesecake-like tangy milky taste!

To clarify, I told my son proudly that this large 20 cm cheesecake-like chiffon cake is actually very different from most cheesecakes as it contains only three tablespoon of oil and so it is pretty low in its fat content. Yet, every mouthful of it is so moist, milky and "creamy"!

mango yogurt chiffon cake
Cheesecake-like mango yogurt chiffon cake (with NO cream cheese in it!)
This step helps to prevent the mangoes from sinking to the bottom of the light and airy cake.
As usual, this chiffon cake recipe requires separation of egg yolks from the whites.
Yay that I have my Tovolo yolk out to do this job.
Click this if you want to know how this super cool Tovolo yolk out works!
Beat egg whites and lemon juice until foamy first.
While beating, add sugar gradually and beat until stiff peaks form.
While beating the egg whites, this is what I did to the yolks.
When the egg white mixture is ready, I combined them together.
Another useful step to ensure that dried mangoes are well distributed.
It smells so good!
Happy to see that the mangoes are nicely distributed throughout every slice of the cake :)
Happy too that it is light, airy and spongy like chiffon cake... but smooth and milky like cheesecake!

Here's the recipe that is largely modified from Cookpad

Makes one 20 cm chiffon cake

100g dried mangoes, finely minced (or any dried fruits like cranberries)
adequate cake flour to coat

B (egg yolk mixture)
115g egg yolks (about 6 extra large but please use exact weight)
45ml (3 tbsp) vegetable oil
40g caster sugar*
150g plain yogurt
120g cake flour
1/4 tsp salt

C (egg white mixture)
240g egg whites (about 6 extra large but please use exact weight)
1 tsp lemon juice
60g caster sugar*

*please do not reduce this amount as the sweetness is just right.

Preheat oven to 170°C or 330ºF or 150°C fan forced.

For A:
Coat dried mango in adequate cake flour. Sift to remove any excess un-coated flour. Set aside.

For B:
Using a hand whisk, whisk egg yolks and sugar until combined. Continue to whisk and add oil gradually while whisking and whisk until the mixture turns pale and slightly thickened.

Add yogurt and whisk until the mixture is combined. Sift in cake flour and salt and whisk again until mixture is well combined. Set aside.

For C:
Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites and lemon juice in medium low mixing speed until foamy. Increase mixing speed to medium high. While beating, add sugar gradually in about 3 batches into the mixture and beat until stiff peaks form.

Combine B and C:
Fold in egg white mixture (C) into the egg yolk mixture (B) gradually and very gently with at least 3-4 batches of mixture C.

To prevent the dried mangoes from sinking to the bottom of the pan, pour a small portion of batter into an un-greased chiffon cake pan that is adequate enough to fill the base of the pan.

Stir in the flour-coated dried mangoes into the remaining batter gently and pour all batter into the pan. Tap the pan lightly on a table top to get rid of any large air bubbles in the batter.

Bake in a preheated 170ºC for 20 mins. Reduce to 160ºC during the process, and bake for an additional 35 mins or until the cake is firm enough to touch. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly, cover with a foil loosely at the last 20 mins of baking. 

After baking, drop the cake from a 20-30 cm height immediately onto your tabletop to minimise shrinkage. Then invert the cake immediately and allow it to cool completely before removing it from the pan.

To unmould the cake from the pan, use a thin rubber knife or spatula to run around the cake. Transfer cake onto a serving plate. Slice and serve.

Happy Baking
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  1. Hi, Zoe...Thanks for your instant post once you return from vacation. It must be very tired for you and your effort is very much appreciated. I guess I must try this cake because it taste like cheese cake even though no cheese present in the recipe ^_^

  2. Hi Zoe, it is so light and fluffy! Very pretty cake.

  3. I've been telling myself so many times to buy at least one 6-inch chiffon pan but until now , nada :P To think you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to this kind of pan here ! Hey , Santa lol You had me at cheesecake-like chiffon cake , it certainly looks delighful even with creamcheese :D

  4. Hi Zoe! Wow, a chiffon cake that tastes like a cheesecake! That is amazing. I thought of buying dried mangoes too but couldn't find any hah..hah..

  5. Such a beautiful looking cheescake, sorry chiffon cake... Looks just so good I could stare at it for long!

  6. Hi Zoe, your chiffon cake looks sooo ... good! I've never thought of using dried mango in the chiffon cake. Definitely want to try this recipe for sure :)

  7. Hi Zoe,
    I'm sure this cheesecake like mango yogurt chiffon cake is so so so good to eat :) 1 slice please ! ... hee .. hee !

  8. Zoe, your cake is great. I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Cakes over at Carole's Chatter to add this to the cake collection! Cheers!

    1. Hi Carole,

      Sorry for my late response! I have been flat out lately and can't response fast enough to link with you! Sorry!!!


  9. What a lovely twist to a chiffon cake, Zoe. This is brilliant!

  10. Gorgeous cake zoe! I haven't made any cheesecakes in while and hope to try your japanese recipe when I do! I've never had one with bits of mango but I bet it's damn good! Oh, just to let you know, prima taste also sells their products online with international shipping I believe! Do take a look! The mee rebus premix is really really damn good :p

  11. Wow it looks so perfectly spongy and soft.. I would love a very very big slice of this goodness :D

  12. Look at this cake! it's so high and soft!
    Well done
    Happy Friday

  13. The chiffon cake looks superb..I wish I could have it with my evening tea now..

  14. Hi Zoe,

    This cake looks so delicious! I've been looking for a promising mango chiffon cake that doesn't taste artificial. Just a few questions -- How's the dried mangoes after baking, did they get soft or chewy and leathery? Can I substitute dried mangoes for fresh ones? Lastly, can I bake this in regular cake pans and muffin pans?

    Hope to hear from you. I can't wait to try your recipe.

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Kenzie,

      The dried mangoes will moisten and taste like cooked mangoes after baking. Due to excessive water content of the fresh mangoes, I would say absolutely NO that you can substitute the dried mangoes with the fresh ones. You can substitute the dried mangoes with other dried fruits like dried cranberries or raisins but only dried fruits.

      Sorry that I can't answer your last answer as I have not tried baking this recipe with regular cake pans or muffin pans.

      I would strongly recommend you baking this cake because this is a great recipe! Happy Baking!


  15. Hi hi, i just tried your ultra soft receipe. Except i make kosong mango yogurt chiffon., means no mango bites. Really good. Cake is tall and soft. So Yummy. Its successful. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi Zoe, just tried your receipe and i replaced the dried yoghurt with mango yoghurt. It turns out soft like a jap cheesecake though mine cracked at the top. I sticked to the temperature and any idea what went wrong?
    Regardless, a wonderful receipe to keep and thanks for sharing.

  17. Did you say that you replace dried YOGURT with mango yogurt? Errr... If you are not using dried mango, just omit this addition without any substitution. Unlike Jap cheesecake, a well risen chiffon cakes will sometimes crack on the top and it is ok :)

    1. Typo error...i mean i replaced the dried mango with mango yoghurt as i dont have dried mangoes at home.
      Surprisingly, the texture is like a jap cheesecake which i like.

  18. Zoe,typo error. I mean i replaced the dried mango with mango yoghurt. The texture turns out beautiful and taste like the jap cheesecake.

  19. Hi, thank you for sharing your recipe. I used dried apricot instead of mango n 70 g sugar instead of 60 g sugar for the meringue. The cake turned out soft n fluffy with juicy bits of apricot.