Pandan Chiffon Cake

by - July 18, 2017

Finally after a lot of experimenting, I am comfortable to share an improved recipe of my Pandan Kaw-Kaw Chiffon Cake. I call it the Pandan Kaw-Kaw Chiffon Cake because I use a very thick and concentrated pandan juice.  "Kaw-Kaw" means thick/concentrated in Hokkien dialect.

I have been struggling to bake a nice Pandan Chiffon Cake after changing to a new oven. Unlike the ones I used to bake, the cake either cracks or collapses due to a too high or low temperature which is very hard to adjust with this new oven.  However, the cake will still crack slightly sometimes.  However, I think it is acceptable for a chiffon cake to have slight cracks.  I just tried my best to minimise the cracks.

This Pandan Chiffon Cake can be considered as healthier than the regular Pandan Chiffon Cake.  This recipe uses 100% natural pandan juice with no colouring added, and very little brown sugar is used.

Please visit this link for "How to make Pandan Paste (Concentrated Pandan Juice)" if you wonder how to get this vibrant green colour.

If you like pandan cakes baked in a normal cake pan and with buttercream, please click Pandan Cake with Gula Melaka  and Onde Onde Cake.

I would suggest you read the following notes especially if you are don't bake often.


Meringue plays a very important role in Chiffon Cake.  Over beating meringue may cause the cake to crack, while under beating will cause the cake to collapse or it may not rise much.

Use room temperature egg whites, this will yield more volume.  Cold egg whites will not whip well.  It is easier to separate your eggs when they are still cold, then leave the egg whites aside to come to room temperature. 

Make sure your bowl is clean and there is no any trace of egg yolk or fat.  Fat will interfere with the formation of meringue.

Use cream of tartar to stabilise the whipped meringue.  Cream of tartar is acidic and can be replaced with lemon juice or white vinegar. The replacement ratio is 1:2.  If your recipe asks for 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar, then replace with 1/2 tsp lemon juice.

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Stages of Meringue:

Soft Peak – The meringue is soft and unable to hold its form, it will drip after you turn your whisk upside down.  You will see the ribbon lines, but it disappears the moment you stop whisking. 
Firm Peak – The peak will hold and fold back slightly when you turn your whisk upside down.  The meringue is glossy and the ribbon lines stay. This is the stage we look for if you do not want your cake to crack. 

Stiff Peak – The peak will hold straight and doesn’t fold back when you turn the whisk upside down.  The meringue is very glossy and thick too.  Most chiffon cake recipes will prescribe this stage but the cake will easily crack when baking.  However, if you don’t mind the cake cracking then it is fine. It doesn’t affect how the cake tastes.

Over-beating – The meringue looks grainy, broken and dull. We do not want this stage in baking as you will not be able to fold it into the flour batter nicely.


Do note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven. 

It would be good to use an oven thermometer when baking. This will help you understand and know the actual temperature you are baking at. The actual temperature in the oven may not be the same as the oven’s setting.  Leave the thermometer on the same rack where you place your baking. 

I usually bake cakes with top and bottom heats setting.  I don’t encourage baking cakes with fan-forced mode as this setting uses a fan to circulate the hot air for quick baking or cooking at high temperature and may result in cracks on the cake.  However, if fan mode is used, it is recommended to reduce the temperature setting by about 20C if using a fan-forced mode.


For a water bath, the cake pan sits within another pan filled with a little water. Place the cake pan within a larger pan and pour hot water into the outer pan until it comes up to a level of 1.5cm – 2 cm.  Place the whole thing in oven and bake. 

The benefit of water bath is that it will moderate the baking temperature and prevent the cakes from cracking.  The cake texture will be very moist too.  

Chiffon cake baked without a water bath is more brown and crumbly.  Some may prefer this texture. Please make your own choice between water bath or dry bake. This is a very individual personal preference.  

If you have any questions regarding this recipe or any other post, please leave me a comment in the “LEAVE A COMMENT” link and I will reply you as soon as possible.

Recipe - Pandan Chiffon Cake

Yields: 8 inch (20cm) round cake




6 Eggs



7 Eggs 


110g cake flour or all purposed flour

½ tsp double action baking powder 

1/4 tsp salt


6 egg yolks (L size, about 60g - 65 each egg)

54g corn oil or any vegetable oil

20g fresh milk

52g concentrated pandan juice 


6 egg white (L size, about 60g - 65 each egg)

70g brown sugar or caster sugar 

1/2 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tsp lemon juice




128g cake flour or all purposed flour

1/2 tsp double action baking powder 

1/4 tsp salt


7 egg yolks (L size, about 60g - 65 each egg)

63g corn oil or any vegetable oil

24g fresh milk

60g concentrated pandan juice 


7 egg white (L size, about 60g - 65 each egg)

85g brown sugar or caster sugar 

1/2 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tsp lemon juice

Use either one of the above recipe.  7 eggs recipe will yield a slightly taller cake.  I used 7 eggs for picture shown.

Utensil : 
8 inch Japanese Chiffon Tin (203 X 182 X 112 mm)

  1. Preheat oven to 150C (top and bottom heat).  
  2. Sift flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Add in salt and keep aside.
  3. Separate egg whites from the yolks.
  4. Add in oil, pandan juice and milk to the egg yolks.  Whisk until all well combined with a hand whisk.
  5. Add in sifted flour mixture in three batches.  Mix until well incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Using a hand electric mixer, whisk egg white until frothy before adding cream of tartar and continue to beat until foamy. Gradually add in sugar and whisk until firm peaks formed (when you turn your whisk upside down, the peaks will hold and curl over a bit).   
  7. Gently fold the meringue into the egg and pandan batter with hand whisk in three batches.  Change to spatula and fold gently until well incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter into the chiffon tin.  Skim the top with spatula gently while pouring to break the air bubbles.
  9. Choose either dry bake or water bath bake.
  10. Dry Bake -
    1. Preheat oven to 140C (top and bottom heat) for 15 minutes before baking.  
    2. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown. If the cake starts to crack, reduce the temperature to 130C.
  11. Water Bath Bake - 
    1. Preheat oven to 150C (top and bottom heat) for 15 minutes before baking.
    2. To prepare a water bath – Place the cake tin into a pan slightly bigger before placing into another bigger pan filled with hot water until it comes up to a level of 1.5 cm – 2 cm.
    3. For my oven, I have to reduce the oven temperature to 140C.  Bake in pre-heated oven at 140C for 30 minutes, then 150C for 30 minutes and 170C for another 20 - 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and immediately invert the cake tin. This will prevent the cakes from sinking.  Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle before unmolding. 
  13. To remove the cake from the pan - 
    1. Run a thin-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tin.
    2. Run the same knife (a bamboo skewer works too) between the cake and the funnel.
    3. Turn the cake tin over and press down on the bottom to release the cake.
    4. Run a thin knife between the bottom of the cake and the base of the cake tin.
    5. Invert the cake on a cake board or round plate. 

Please note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. It may not work for your oven. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven.

Other recommended methods:
  1. 170C (top and bottom heat) for 90 minutes - water bath.
  2. 150C (top and bottom heat) for 60 minutes - dry bake.
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Achieved Recipe

I remember the last pandan chiffon cake I baked was more than a year ago when I started this blog. The pictures shared in my first post were not as good then. This time I tried another recipe from Christine’s Recipe which uses the smaller tube cake pan (20 cm). I omitted the 100 ml of coconut milk and increased the pandan juice to 60 ml. I forgot to turn off the oven fan and reduce the temperature after 15 minutes. This caused the cake to crack a little on its surface. However, it still tasted just as good.


5 egg yolks
20 gm caster sugar
100 gm cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil or corn oil

5 egg whites
60 gm caster sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Utensil:  20cm tube cake tin

  1. Preheat oven to 170C (338F).
  2. Beat the egg yolks and 20 grams sugar with a hand whisk till sugar dissolves. Add pandan juice, salt and olive oil. Combine well.
  3. Sift in cake flour and baking powder in three batches into the egg yolk mixture. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Use a large clean bowl, making sure there’s no water, egg yolk or oil in it. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until bubbles form. Add the cream of tartar. After mixing well, add the 60 grams of sugar gradually until stiff peaks form.
  5. Spoon out 1/3 of the beaten egg whites and fold into the egg mixture. Lightly fold in the rest of the beaten egg whites with a spatula, until just combined.
  6. Pour into a 20 cm tube cake pan and bake in preheated oven for about 35 to 40 minutes. After baking the first 15 minutes, if you find your cake gets browning, reduce heat to 150C (302F) and turn off the fan mode, continue to bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the oven and invert the pan. Allow it to cool completely before removing from cake pan.

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  1. I'm so amazing at what I saw on your blog,was searching for a nice site where I can get pandan Chiffon Cake for my cousin's birthday. Your pandan Chiffon Cake looks attractive and adorable .
    I will like to you to bake a cake for my cousin's birthday that is coming up next month

    1. Thank you for your comment. Sorry, I don't take order. Cheers :)

  2. Hi there, what is the ingredients proportion for a 23cm chiffon tube pan? I tried 8 eggs twice and I failed:(

    1. Hi, I never tried on 23cm tube tin before. May I know why it failed? The cake tin too small for 8 eggs? You may want to try 6 or 7 eggs.

  3. Hello, do you have the ingredients measurement for 16cm chiffon tube pan? Could you share with me pls.

    1. Hi, thanks for reading my recipe. You can use 3 eggs recipe. Use half of the 6 eggs recipe above. But, I am not sure how tall is your tin. If your cake tin is tall like the one I have 11.2cm (112 mm) than you may need to increase to 4 eggs.


  4. Hi, thank you for sharing. May I ask why you didn’t use coconut milk? Can I replace the fresh milk with coconut milk? Also, for water bath, do we need to wrap the bottom of the tub with foil to prevent water from sipping in? Appreciate your reply.

    1. Hi, I used fresh milk because I always have milk in my fridge for my bread baking. Of course you can replace with coconut milk. You can either wrap the bottom of the pan with foil or you can place into a slightly bigger pan as I mentioned in the water bath baking.

      Cheers and happy baking :)