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ORANGE CHIFFON CAKE

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
7 large egg yolks
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla
9 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 cups well-chilled heavy cream
3 tablespoons Grand Mariner or other orange-flavored liqueur

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange-flower water, or to taste, if desired

candied mimosa balls and candied violets for garnish if desired
fresh orange sections, membranes discarded, for garnish if desired

Into a large bowl sift together the flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar,
the baking powder, and the salt. In a bowl whisk together the oil,
the egg yolks, the orange juice, the zest, and the vanilla and
whisk the mixture into the flour mixture, whisking until the batter
is smooth. In the large bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg
whites with a pinch of salt until they are foamy, add the cream of
tartar, and beat the whites until they hold stiff peaks. Add the
remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, and beat the whites
until they hold stiff glossy peaks. Stir one third of the whites
into the batter to lighten it and fold in the remaining whites
gently but thoroughly. Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch
tube pan, 4 inches deep, with feet and a removable bottom, and bake
the cake in the middle of a preheated 325F. oven for 1 hour, or
until a tester comes out clean. Invert the pan immediately onto a
rack and let the cake cool completely in the pan upside down on
the rack. Run a long thin knife around the outer and tube edges
of the pan and turn the cake out of the pan onto the rack. Using
a serrated knife cut the cake in half horizontally.

In a large bowl, chilled, with an electric mixer beat together the
cream, the Grand Mariner, the zest, the sugar, the orange-flower
water, and a pinch of salt until the mixture holds stiff peaks.

Transfer the bottom layer of the cake to a platter, spread some of
the frosting on it, and top it with the remaining layer. Spread
the remaining frosting on the top layer and side of the cake and
garnish the cake with the candied mimosa balls, the candied violets,
and the orange sections.

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