Tasteful Inventions: Harold Baker: Chiffon Cake

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Harold Baker: Chiffon Cake

Today, we celebrate two inventions baked into one.

Oil is the Key

The story of the Wesson Oil and Snowdrift Companies begins at the Southern Cotton Oil Company founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1887.

From the 1770s to the 1880s agriculturists and cooks sought to develop culinary oils from plants. Thomas Jefferson's attempts to introduce the olive into the agriculture of the United States, as a partial substitute for lard in cookery met with limited success...In the first decades of the nineteenth century, planter experimentalists began the commercial scale production of benne oil, establishing it as the primary salad oil and the second favored frying medium in the southern United States. It enjoyed acceptance and moderate commercial success until the refinement of cottonseed oil in the 1870s and 1880s. Cotton seed, a waste product of the south's most cotton vital industry, was turned into a revenue stream as David Wesson and other scientists created a salad oil and frying medium designedly tasteless and odorless, and a cooking fat, hydrogenated cottonseed oil (Cottonlene or Crisco) that could cheaply substitute for lard in baking. Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture

The Cake

The notion of combining beaten egg whites into a batter prepared with egg yolks and oil belongs to creator and professional baker, Harry Baker. Baker owned a Hollywood pastry shop at 341 Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. bake me a cake...

31 comments:

Keurig Mini said...

I have several grand children and seem to be baking things for them all the time. My grand daughter read your comment on my blog and insisted I come here to see about your cake!

Now I'm stuck! She wants me to make the cake for her after school snack!

~~louise~~ said...

That's so funny and wonderful!!! Please share when you do.

P.S. I'm sorry I forgot your name and, I tried to leave a comment on your site. It wouldn't work.

Would you believe I use a percolator? My daughter-in-law, however uses the single serving Keurig...

Thanks for visiting...Good Luck with the cake!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A special cake that I really love! It's texture is wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

Karin W. said...

I can imagine...
Baking chiffon cake is not an easy feat or is it? Isn´t it difficult to beat air into oil?

Tiffanee said...

Looks beautifully delicious. Thanks for the interesting facts.

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks everyone. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tidbits and cake!!!

john said...

After reading this blog i think it is the best blog for the knowledge of ice creams.

gluten free chocolate

Mary said...

What a glorious piece of cake. The photo is wonderful and the history of the cake is fascinating. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you John. Drop by anytime...

Thanks Mary. It was a fun post. I'm still craving a piece of chiffon cake...

Simply Life said...

oh this cake looks great!

Catherine said...

That was very interesting! Sometimes one just never thinks of the history behind something as everyday as well, Wesson Oil. The cake also sounds delicious. Blessings, Catherine xoxo

Pam said...

I've never made a chiffon cake - it looks beautiful and delicious.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Simple Life:) I sure would love to give it a try this summer. Chffon Cake and summer, ooo la la:)

Welcome Catherine, thanks for dropping by. I love investigating and sharing food secrets. I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit.

I bet you would bake one heck of a Chiffon Cake, Pam.

Tiffanee said...

Love the history..but now I really want some of this cake!!

~~louise~~ said...

Go for it Tiffanee! And thanks for reminding me, I really do need to do a new post here.

Next week, for sure!!!

Thanks for popping in:)

Javier Sandoval said...

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Blackboard lesson on food

A primer of bread making

Recipes you'll use over and over again


The service cookbook

Occident Flour tested recipes

Economical canned food recipes

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Javier,

Thank you for visiting. I don't know much about other people collecting cookbooks. However, I do know, I personally wouldn't spend the quoted prices on ebay for any of those cookbooks. It's only my personal opinion remember.

Good Luck if you should decide to win them!!!

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, Just stopping by to say thank you for your visit to my blog and for leaving a comment and following. I always look forward to visits. Blessings for a beautiful day, Catherine

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Catherine. It's always a pleasure to "see" you.

Pam said...

You learn something new everyday! I love chiffon cake.

steve said...

pecial cake that I really love! It's texture is wonderful.

Cheers,

Emily Malloy said...

Love this!!!!! :)

~~louise~~ said...

You really need to bake a Chiffon Cake Pam:)

Thanks for dropping by Steve. You have one heck of a webiste!!!

Glad you enjoyed it Emily!!!

Emily Malloy said...

Oooh yummM!

~~louise~~ said...

How sweet of you to visit, Emily. Thank you. I really do need to update this blog now that I see it. Thanks for the reminder, too!!!

Anon said...

I've never made a chiffon cake - it looks beautiful and delicious.

~~louise~~ said...

Anon: Everyone should try Chiffon Cake at least once. it's simply delightful! Thanks for visiting:)

LoLy said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog :) xx have a wonderful day

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks for popping in LoLy. This blog is in need of updating. Perhaps you would like to visit my other blog; Months of Edible Celebrations. I celebrated Bubble Gum today!!!

Anita - Recipe with Pictures said...

I made a cake yesterday and I had to use oil in it. I read your post and now I know who came up with this idea. This is really interesting. Your posts are great and very useful. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog.

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you for your kind words, Anita. I had a wonderful visit at your blog and I will return:)

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd love to see your cake!