Chocolate Orange Marble Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Orange Marble Chiffon Cake

1/3 cup Cocoa
1/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold water
7 egg yolks
1 cup egg whites (about 8)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel
Orange Glaze (recipe follows)

Remove top oven rack; move other rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 325F.

Stir together cocoa and hot water in medium bowl; stir in 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons oil; set aside. Stir together flour, remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; add cold water, remaining 1/2 cup oil and egg yolks; beat with spoon until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in another large bowl on high speed of mixer until stiff peaks form. Pour egg yolk mixture in a thin stream over beaten whites, gently folding just until blended. Remove 2 cups batter; add to chocolate mixture, gently folding in until well blended. Fold orange peel into remaining batter.

Spoon half of orange batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan; drop half the chocolate batter on top by spoonfuls. Repeat layers of orange and chocolate batters. Gently swirl with knife for marbled effect, leaving definite orange and chocolate areas.

Bake 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately invert cake in pan onto heatproof funnel; cool completely. Remove cake from pan; invert onto serving plate. Prepare Orange Glaze; spread over top of cake, allowing glaze to run down sides. Garnish as desired. 12 to 16 servings.

Orange Glaze
Melt 1/3 cup butter or margarine in medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel, beating with whisk until smooth and of desired consistency. About 1-1/2 cups glaze.


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