Chiffon Cakes with Chocolate Chunks

Perfectly moist and studded with chocolate chunks, my mini heart chiffon cakes are an easy and delicious dessert!

Have you had chiffon cake before?  Are you curious why chiffon cake is unique and particularly delicious?

What Makes Chiffon Cakes SO Moist

Well, chiffon cakes are traditionally made with vegetable oil instead of butter, which makes them lighter and more moist than butter-based cakes.  (They also stay moist and delicious longer than butter cakes as a result!)

The other element that gives chiffon cakes such a light, delicious crumb is the addition of whipped egg whites to the batter.  Just before baking, whipped egg whites are folded into chiffon cake batter.  The egg whites take the cake to the next level, both figuratively and literally: chiffon cakes really rise in the oven because of those fluffy egg whites!

Less Traditional Chiffon Cakes

I stray a little bit from tradition with my chiffon cake recipe because I do use butter.  The flavor of butter is just too good not to use it!  I use half melted butter and half vegetable oil in my recipe, and I think that by doing so, you truly get the best of both worlds in my chiffon cake: flavor from the butter, but also the moist, light crumb from the vegetable oil.  (Just writing about these cakes is making me wish I hadn’t eaten the last one earlier today!)

My Favorite Pan for Mini Hearts

My Chiffon Cakes with Chocolate Chunks are really perfect to enjoy year round, but they’re particularly perfect for Valentine’s Day if you make them in this adorable heart pan [aff. link].  Seriously, it’s so cute, and makes the most gorgeous personal-sized heart cakes!

This adorable heart-shaped cake pan will give you the cutest personal-sized cakes! I absolutely love mine. Click to view on Amazon! [aff. link]

Even better, it is soo easy to get the cakes out of this pan!  They seriously just slide right out.  Absolutely no fighting with this pan, I promise!  I use this cake pan any time I want to bring a little personality to my baking.  (My Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cakelettes is another recipe that would be adorable in this heart pan!)

The Perfect Evening

If you want the perfect evening with your Valentine, make my Chiffon Cakes with Chocolate Chunks.  Even better, enjoy them while watching a romantic comedy with one of my favorite onscreen romantic teams, Doris Day and Rock Hudson!  This fantastic DVD collection [aff. link] includes all three of the films Doris and Rock made together (and even throws in one of my favorite Doris and James Garner films too!)

Doris relaxing with Rock Hudson on Pillow Talk (1959)

Some Tool Tips!

You may be able to make this recipe without an electric mixer, but it would be a workout!  I’ve only ever made chiffon cake with my handheld mixer. I’ve used this very budget-friendly Oster hand mixer for nearly ten years [aff. link].  It still works like a charm!

(But I’ll tell you, when my Oster mixer dies, this is the handheld mixer I’ve got my eye on [aff. link].  IT’S PINK!!!!  Need I say more?)

My dream mixer! Click to view on Amazon! [aff. link]

Also, you’re going to want a good silicon spatula to help with folding those whipped egg whites into the chiffon cake batter. If you’re looking for a super cute and incredibly functional one, here is my favorite from Le Creuset [aff. link]. Such an affordable product from a designer chef brand like Le Creuset would also make a phenomenal Valentine’s Day gift!  If your Valentine likes to bake or cook, you can’t go wrong with this spatula.

I use my Le Creuset spatulas for everything! Click to view all the colors they offer on Amazon! [aff. link]

A Short Chocolate Chunk and Folding Technique Guide

For reference, here’s what the chocolate chunks should look like in this recipe, as well as a short photo tutorial on whipped egg whites and folding technique!

Just do a rough chop of the baking chocolate, then coat it in 1 Tbsp of flour to keep the chocolate from sinking to the bottom of the cakes while they bake.
This is how the egg whites should look after beating them to stiff peaks.
Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a soft, circular motion, using your spatula.
And finally, this is what your batter should look like once you've got those fluffy egg whites completely folded in!

And Because I Can't Help Myself...

And because I can’t help myself, here are a few of my favorite Classic Hollywood Couples to get you in the romantic Valentine’s Day mood!

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

Classic classic! This pair was as legendary onscreen as they were off! Though Kate and Spence never married, they were nearly inseparable from the time they met while filming Woman of the Year (1942) until Tracy’s passing in 1967. Tracy brought out the caring and compassionate side of the ever independent Kate, and she in turn was the best friend and voice of optimism Tracy needed. Click the photo for my recommended Tracy/Hepburn film collection! [aff. link]

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

From meeting on the set of To Have and Have Not (1944) to Bogart’s untimely passing in 1957, Bogie and Bacall were one perfect couple. Lauren Bacall may have been the only woman who could tame Bogie, and after two tempestuous marriages, Bogie deserved the passion and stability the gorgeous Bacall brought to his life. Click the photo for my recommended Bogie/Bacall film collection! [aff. link]

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner

Talk about glamour! These two were Hollywood’s most gorgeous couple both times they married each other. That’s right, Natalie and RJ were so in love they married each other twice, one marriage from 1957-1962 , and then again from 1972 until Natalie’s tragic death in 1981.

Fred MacMurray and June Haver

Did I surprise you with this one? A less remembered but AMAZINGLY successful Classic Hollywood romance, Fred and June were the sweetest couple! June was the only woman who could bring Fred out of mourning following the passing of his first wife. And Fred proved so irresistible to June, she set aside her plans to become a nun, and instead married Fred! Fred and June were married from 1954 until Fred’s passing in 1991. How inspiring is that?!!
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Chiffon Cakes with Chocolate Chunks

These elegant little chiffon cakes are the best Valentine’s Day treat, and they’re also perfect to enjoy all year round! My chiffon cake recipe has quickly become our family’s favorite white cake. Try to eat just one!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
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For the wet ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup almond milk, or milk of choice

For the dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Everything else:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 8 oz baking chocolate, chopped, (milk, semi-sweet, dark, whatever your preference! I like to use milk chocolate best!)
  • 1 Tbsp flour


Prepare the chocolate chunks

  • Chop 8 ounces of baking chocolate into chunks. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of flour over the chocolate chunks, and work the flour into the chocolate chunks until they are well coated. (See photo above for reference!) This will keep the chocolate from sinking to the bottom of the batter while the cakes bake!

Whip the egg whites

  • Separate 2 egg whites from their yokes (we won’t need these yolks in the recipe), and put the egg whites in a very clean mixing bowl.
  • Quick note: I’ve never had an issue getting the egg whites to whip to stiff peaks straight from the refrigerator in this recipe, but feel free to bring the egg whites to room temperature before whipping if desired. Some cooks find room temperature egg whites easier to whip to stiff peaks.)
  • With a handheld or stand mixer with very clean beaters, beat the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. (See the photos above for reference.)
  • Another quick note: when you begin beating the egg whites, they will first become a bubbly foam, but after 3-4 minutes the egg whites will get really light and fluffy—like clouds—and stiff peaks will form. You know the peaks are stiff enough if when you take your egg beaters out of the egg whites, the peaks hold their shape and kind of lift out of the bowl with the egg beaters. (See photos above for reference!)
  • Set aside, and proceed quickly with the following steps. The shorter the egg whites sit the better!

Cream the wet ingredients

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, use a handheld or stand mixer to cream together the oil, melted butter, and sugar until well combined, about one minute.
  • Now add the vanilla and the egg. Beat with your mixer until combined and fluffy, about one minute.
  • Now add in the milk, and mix until the milk is completely incorporated.

Mix in the dry ingredients

  • Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the other ingredients, and mix with your handheld/stand mixer until almost combine.
  • Now add in the chocolate chunks. Mix them into the batter by hand until just combined. Be careful not to over mix!

Fold in the egg whites

  • Now fold in the egg whites with a silicon spatula. (See photos above for folding technique!) You want to completely combine the egg whites into the cake batter, but fold softly so as not to deflate them.

Bake the chiffon cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the heart shaped pan

  • If using the heart shaped pan (I highly recommend!!!), oil the pan, and pour about ½ cup of batter into each heart. You will have just about ½ cup of batter left over. I use a little 8 oz ramekin for the remaining batter, and I bake the ramekin alongside the heart shaped cakes.
  • Bake for 21-24 minutes, until the cakes are mostly firm—there will be a slight jiggle—and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cake comes out mostly clean.
  • Let the heart cakes cook for 5 minutes, then flip them out of the pan. They will slide right out! The side of each cake that was in the bottom of the pan will now become the top of the cake.

For an 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch pan

  • If not using the heart shaped pan, pour the cake batter into an oiled 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cake is mostly firm on top—there will be a slight jiggle—and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve the cakes alone or with a nice cup of almond milk. Enjoy!


This recipe can be made in my recommended heart shaped pan, or even personal sized, 8 oz ramekins.
This recipe can also be made in an 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch pan.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Ron Smith

    5 stars
    What a fun cake pan and yet a better recipe. I think even a non-baker like me could shine making your Chiffon cake.
    As always I enjoyed the flashbacks with the stars of the past, but you really got me remembering with the image of Fred. However, I know him more as Steven Douglas from My Three Sons. I grew up watching and loving that series. I haven’t seen it in years, now I must search and see if it’s on the net.

    1. Shannon

      Thanks Ron! Oh for sure, this is definitely a very user-friendly recipe, so to speak 😆. YES!!!! My Three Sons is quintessential Fred MacMurray! Love love LOVE him in that show! It’s been a bit since I last studied Fred’s life in depth, but I do remember that he was all but retired when he signed on to star in My Three Sons, and only agreed to the show on the condition that he could get all his filming done in a few months (or less!) time, and then would have the rest of the year off. The producers agreed to his request, and Fred’s schedule became the envy of all Hollywood! Understandably, other stars began requesting similar schedules, and it became known as “The MacMurray Method.”

  2. David @ Spiced

    5 stars
    What a cool idea to use half butter and half vegetable oil in these cakes, Shannon! I remember making a chiffon cake years ago when I was taking a baking class, but I can’t say I’ve ever circled back and tried again. Now you’ve got me intrigued! Plus, the chocolate chunks in this one are perfect. Also, I loved the classic couples section at the end of the post. I enjoy picking up fun tidbits and stories in posts…and your posts always deliver that! 🙂

    1. Shannon

      Awwwww thank you so much David!! I just love the Classic Hollywood romances. Valentine’s Day gave me the perfect excuse to share a few of my favorites! 😆

  3. Jeff the Chef

    What adorable little chiffons. And such interesting photos of old Hollywood.

    1. Shannon

      Thanks Jeff! I can’t get enough of the light crumb of Chiffon Cakes! And Valentine’s is such a great excuse to eat cake. 😆

  4. Mimi

    I am not a baker, but I love the tip about adding flour to chocolate! Hopefully I remember that! Those olden days couples are so beautiful. I didn’t know about Fred MacMurray (sp?) and his wife. Great post.

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much Mimi! Isn’t that a fun trick? It really helps keep those chocolate chunks from sinking! I just love the Classic Hollywood couples, especially the ones like Fred and June who made their marriage forever, despite the temptations of Hollywood. True love indeed!

  5. Katerina

    5 stars
    Oh my, the texture of these chiffon cakes sounds out of this world! And those couple photos are so glamorous and gorgeous – I can’t believe that Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner married each other twice? How romantic! I love the old school Hollywood goss. Another stunning recipe, Shannon!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you Katerina! Is’t that neat about RJ and Natalie? They were very young when they first married, and it ended in divorce. But even after they divorced, they were still loved each other. Just meant to be together! And so they married again! Such a great Classic Hollywood romance. 💗

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