I feel so happy today! You want to know why? It is my cheat day today! I love it. Actually, I felt like I really needed it because I have been doing so well with my workout sessions and I have also followed quite a strict diet. So far, I have not really let myself eat a lot because I wanted to also complement my working out with a good diet. Ever since I started going to the gym, I also began watching what I consumed. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to achieve something and losing weight is no exception.
As a treat to myself, I decided to bake my favorite Lemon Chiffon Cake. It is one of the best there is and apart from Chocolate or Red Velvet, baking this makes me really feel good. You can probably call it my comfort food. If you want to learn how to bake this, here is a simple recipe for you guys.
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon zest
6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 cups lemon pie filling
8 slices lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar. Add oil, egg yolks, water and lemon rind. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until peaks form. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, and beat until very stiff and shiny peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Turn batter into ungreased 10 inch tube pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert cake and cool completely in pan. When cool, loosen edges and shake pan to remove cake.
To Make Filling: Beat cream to stiff peaks. Fold in lemon filling. Chill until stiff.
To Assemble Cake: Slice cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. Fill layers with 1/3 cup of filling. Spread remaining filling on top layer. Decorate with lemon slices.
I feel so great eating my favorite cake after going on a diet for weeks now. Hopefully, this would not let me gain more weight or else all that hard work was all for nothing.