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Something that has always been worth celebrating is cake! National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day shows well-deserved love and appreciation for the deliciously light and fluffy lemon cake that is sure to bring joy wherever it goes. 

History of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

First invented in 1927, the lemon chiffon cake is an American creation that got its start in the state of California, though it was not created but a culinary artist as one might expect. Instead, it was made by a man named Harry Baker (yes, that was his real name!), an insurance salesman who later became a caterer. The light and airy cake served by Mr. Baker was complemented by simply sprinkling powdered sugar on top, or by icing it to perfection. And people simply couldn’t get enough of it! But Mr. Baker wouldn’t share.

After keeping the recipe a closely-guarded secret for over twenty years, he eventually sold the recipe to Betty Crocker (via General Mills) in 1947. The recipes for “chiffon cake” were first published in a pamphlet and then eventually became a premade mix. Eventually, this flavor of boxed cake mix became a best-selling favorite that is known and loved across the world.

Years later, National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day was established to celebrate and honor this deliciously fluffy cake in all of its beautiful glory.

How to Celebrate National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Have a delightful time celebrating National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day by showing appreciation for this delectable treat with some of these activities:

Enjoy Eating Lemon Chiffon Cake

In advance of the day, check out a few local bakeries to see which ones are participating in celebrating National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day (They might even be offering discounts or deals). Pick up a slice of this tasty cake, grab two forks and share it with a friend. Or buy a whole cake to take into the office and perk up the day for those coworkers. They’ll love you for it!

Make a Lemon Chiffon Cake at Home

Why not mark National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day by baking your family a mouth-watering cake and taking some time to appreciate its light and fluffy goodness?

The light and airy texture of lemon chiffon cake is achieved by using stiffened egg whites that are folded into the batter. Because the egg whites are there to replace the butter, this is able to make the cake a rather low-fat sweet treat. The egg-whites mean that the cake remains delectably moist, although the lack of butter flavoring does mean that it is important not to hold back on the lemon zest and juice!

Learn Fun Facts About Lemons

The most important flavor ingredient in the lemon chiffon cake, without any argument, just has to be the lemons. So, in celebration of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, perhaps it would be fun to learn a few bits of trivia about lemons to share and raise awareness for the day! Get started with some of these:

  • The average sized lemon has eight seeds and around three tablespoons of lemon juice. That means it may take about two lemons to make a lemon chiffon cake. 

  • A lemon tree can live around 50 years and each tree planted in the ground can produce up to 800 each year. That’s a lot of lemon chiffon cake from just one tree!

  • Like many fruits, before they become mature lemons begin on the tree as a flower blossom.

  • India is the largest producer of lemons in the world. This is followed by Mexico, China, Argentina and Brazil. 

Attend the Annual Lemon Festival

Every year, the town of Menton in France hosts a lemon festival called the Fête du Citron. This festival lasts for at least two weeks and is the place to enjoy and celebrate all things related to the lemon. Certainly, it would be an exciting time to discover what types of cakes and treats could be sourced in observance of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!

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