Sunday, June 28, 2009

#151_Mango Custard Chiffon Cake

This was my first Mango Custard Chiffon Cake to make which was purely experimental,
but luckily it turned out really good except the cake part wasn't thick enough.
My next tries were perfect (I think!)

The procedure is quite lengthy, but don't let it turn you off because
this cake is so delicious and it is worth all your effort.

There are 3 parts to making Custard Cake
and I got each part from 3 different sources:
1) Caramel from Tyler Florence of Food Net Work
2) Custard or Leche Flan by Manang of kusinanimanang
3) Chiffon Cake refer to my Orange Chiffon Cake, recipe which I had adapted from

Without further ado, let's get started. First, with the mangoes....

Select good quality mangoes that are ripe, but firm.
Manila Mangoes are the best kind to use in this recipe.
Slice 2 fresh mangoes into chunks.

(Save the seeds to nibble on pulps).
Set aside.

(1) Caramel
Adapted from Tyler Florence

Make caramel using 1 cup white sugar and 2 Tb water.

In a stainless steel pot or pan,
combine sugar and water and cook over
medium high heat until sugar begins to melt.
Turn down heat and continue to cook without stirring.
The melted sugar will slowly turn into light brown then
to amber color (like burnt orange color)

Coat pans (I used 2 loaf pans) with the caramel,
swirling it around to coat about 1 inch up the sides of pans.

When caramel is set, spread cubed mangoes on top of caramel.
Set aside and prepare the Custard....

(2) Custard or Leche Flan
I have a recipe for the custard but it calls for
10 egg yolks which made me think twice
because of its cholesterol content.
Then I remembered copying down manang's recipe
even before I started blogging. Her recipe uses 4 whole eggs.

Recipe for the Custard or Leche flan:
recipe by kusinanimanang
4 whole eggs
1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix everything in a blender pulsing 3-4 times
Pour this mixture equally into the prepared pans and
let them sit on the counter while preparing the Chiffon Cake batter.(3) Chiffon Cake batter

There are 2 parts to the Chiffon Cake batter:
A) the egg yolk mixture
B) the egg whites mixture or meringue

Separate 7 large eggs and set aside.
According to joyofbaking, it is easier to separate the egg yolks from the white
while eggs are still cold.

(A) Egg Yolk Mixture:

2 1/4 sifted cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
Sift all ingredients in a bowl.

Make a well in the center and add:
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
7 large egg yolks
Stir all ingredients using a hand-held mixer, or a wire whisk
until everything is well blended together.

This is the egg yolk mixture.
Set it aside and make the egg white mixture...

(B) Egg Whites Mixture or Meringue
7 egg whites, @ room temp
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup white sugar

Using a stand mixer with the wire whisk attachment, whip egg whites with
cream of tartar till frothy then gradually add sugar.

Continue to whip until stiff-peak stage is formed.

This is a critical part of making the chiffon cake.
You don't want the egg whites to be neither under beat nor over beat.
See links below on how to whip perfect egg whites.

Fold the
(A)egg yolk mixture into the (B)egg white mixture,
doing this in 3 parts, meaning
Fold 1/3 of meringue into the egg yolk mixture,
then take another 1/3 and fold.
When well incorporated, fold in the last third until
you won't see white part anymore.

This is the Chiffon Cake Batter.

Now we are ready to put the custard and the chiffon cake together....
Carefully and gently spoon cake batter on top of the custard mixture.
Bake the custard cake in bain marie or water bath:
Place the pans with the custard/cake in a larger pan,
then slide it in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven.
Pour some boiling water into the larger pan
up to sides of the height of flan.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

The cake is done when tooth pick (or bamboo skewer)
inserted in to the cake comes out clean.

After taking them out of the oven,
let them cool completely on a wire rack,
then invert them onto a platter.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before slicing.

Related Recipes:Chiffon Cake, click here.
Buko Pandan Chiffon Cake, click here.

Links on how to whip egg whites to stiff peak:


  1. Betchabygollywow! MaMely, that last picture is to die for....

    It is 5:40 am, I was supposed to go to work but got RIF'fed (reduction in force) so I am staying home...just browsing for now and I thought I had not bloghopped in a while...and this made me drool this early (just when I was thinking i could make use of the early hours of today to work out because I can feel my bulges!)

    I wonder if I can use the red mangoes available in the grocery store here?...or maybe are sooo creative!

    That reminds me, thank you for the award...I have not thought of posting about it yet, and it will take quite some time to figure out who to pass on the award to...hmmmm....

  2. ha-ha manang, I'll forget the bulges myself if there's a dessert such as this! and thanx to you..for your leche flan is so is the kind I really enjoy bec. I know it has less cholesterol. tamang-tama and timplada at sarap talaga!

  3. bytheway, manang, I deleted the award logo kasi it was occupying a lot of space. if you don't mind, please pick it up from
    confession nook, siya ang nagbigay sa akin.

  4. Thanks for the reply, MaMely. I had an unexpected visitor yesterday kaya nakalimutan ko to check...

    Tingin mo ok yung red mangoes? Dilaw din naman ang laman eh...lasang hinog na indian mango.

  5. me masarap na indian mangoes din. basta lang siguro yung hinog. Peaches din may do.thanx manang. check mo yung response ko sa crema de fruta. I think post #28.

  6. YUMMY!!! Even looking at those picture's already makes me feel the taste of how delicoius those foods are..

  7. Thank you very much, 2009 NBER!!