In the spring, I become a mango maniac. There is mango madness in my kitchen. I love mangoes. Absolutely and unconditionally. We used to have mango trees in our yard, growing up in an agricultural town in the Philippines. Back then, I took for granted that we could have an unending supply year round. So, when we moved to America, I had mango withdrawal. I missed mangoes like a dear old pal.
Lately, we’ve seen more and more mangoes available, not just in Chinatown or Asian groceries, but also in neighborhood supermarkets.There are numerous varieties. The Manila mangoes I love are called “carabao mangoes” in the Philippines. Here in America, they are referred to as “champagne mangoes” in Asian groceries. They are from the “ataulfo” variety. Once April comes, there’s a mango avalanche in my kitchen…so I get cooking right away.
Here’s a quick look at how the recipe goes:
Sift the dry ingredients together.
At the highest speed, beat the eggwhites with cream of tartar. Add sugar slowly.
Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, add the oil, yolks, mango nectar, lemon flavoring.
Slowly fold the mango batter into the eggwhite mixture.
Cool cake thoroughly before adding the Mango Buttercream Icing.
COMMENTS: My Dad used to tell us that the best and sweetest mangoes were always the tree-ripened ones. If this is not possible, make sure the mango used for this recipe is fully ripened and very sweet. When buying mangoes and they are still not ripe, try to hasten the process by covering them with an old newspaper or brown bag.
*A suggested perfect combination : A luscious slice of Mango cake & scoops of yummy Ube or Purple Yam ice cream. This type of ice cream is sold in Asian groceries, and usually has a Philippine brand . It is superb!
*Recipe News: Since this Mango Chiffon Cake is the most popular dessert on the blog, I’ve updated this post by baking it again, with a revised recipe and new photos. Go see the new Manila Mango Chiffon Cake with Mango Icing blog post.
Manila mangoes are the sweetest in the world. I grew up with them in the Philippines and learned to bake with them. Here's a family favorite with mangoes, the Manila Mango Chiffon Cake. I've baked this so often over the years, but we never get tired of the sweet, tropical flavors. It's easy to bake and put together. This recipe is best done with golden ripe "ataulfo" mangoes, during its peak season which is the spring, here in the USA or in the Philipines, during their summer.
- cake flour - 2 cups, sifted
- granulated sugar - 3/4 cup
- baking powder - 1 Tablespoon
- egg whites - 7
- cream of tartar - 1/2 teaspoon
- granulated sugar - 3/4 cup
- egg yolks - 7
- corn oil - 1/2 cup
- mango juice - 3/4 cup (canned or bottled juice is fine)
- lemon flavoring - 1 teaspoon
- fresh mango - 1 cup cut in cubes, from a whole mango
- butter - 1 cup, softened
- heavy cream - 1/4 cup
- mango nectar - 1/4 cup (canned or bottled juice is fine), for cake icing
- confectioners' sugar - 3 cups
- lemon flavoring - 1 teaspoon, for cake icing
- golden yellow food color - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
- fresh mango - 1 piece, peeled, pitted, sliced in strips, for cake decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift together the dry ingredients: cake flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, at highest speed, beat the eggwhites and cream of tartar together. When there are high peaks and hardly any bubbles left, slowly add the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, a few tablespoons at a time. When peaks form and whites are shiny, put aside.
- In another mixing bowl, make a well of all the dry ingredients. In the center add : oil, yolks, mango juice, lemon flavoring. Beat with the mixer at medium speed till blended. This should only take about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Into the yellow mango batter, add the cubes of mango fruit, by folding with a spatula.
- Finally, fold the mango mix very gradually into the eggwhites. Try to do the folding in 3 batches, to prevent the eggwhites from dropping.
- Pour batter into a greased round tube pan, measuring 8 inches in diameter, 4 inches high. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or test for doneness.
- When done, cool on counter for a few minutes. Then loosen edges from the round tube pan, invert and take the cake out to cool. It should be completely cooled before adding any of the Mango icing.
- How to make the MANGO BUTTERCREAM ICING (makes 2 1/2 cups)
- In a mixing bowl, at high speed, mix together the softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Cream and blend well till smooth.
- Gradually add in alternating order, a few tablespoons at a time : confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, and mango juice. Begin and end with the confectioners' sugar.
- Add the lemon flavoring and blend well.
- Finally, add the golden yellow food coloring. Mix well. Refrigerate the icing till ready to use on cake.
- After frosting the cake, garnish mango slices on top in a spiral manner .
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