Chocolate 2 Egg Chiffon Cake


2 Eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups *Sugar
1 3/4 cups *Sifted cake flour
3/4 tsp. Baking soda
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Oil
1 cup *Buttermilk (or sweet milk)
2 sq. (2 oz.) *Unsweetened chocolate
Topping Chocolate chips
Topping Nuts
Top.&filling Fruit preserves

? Heat oven to 350?F. 
? *Grease and dust with flour 3 (8″) round layer pans, or 1 oblong (9x13x2″) pan.
? Beat egg whites until frothy.  Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar.  Continue beating until very stiff and glossy. 
? Sift remaining sugar, flour, soda, salt into another bowl.  Add oil, half of buttermilk.  Beat 1 minute, medium speed on mixer or 150 vigorous strokes by hand.  Scrape sides and bottom of bowl constantly.  Add remaining buttermilk, egg yolks, and chocolate, and beat 1 more minute scraping bowl constantly.  Fold in meringue and pour into prepared pan.
? Bake layers for 30-35 minutes and oblong pan for 40 to 45 minutes.  Cool.

Sugar: Could use brown sugar ? equal amounts
Cake flour is a low protein flour that helps produce a tender texture in baked goods, and is often called for in pies, biscuits, and cakes. All-purpose flour absorbs water better than cake flour, so you may want to add a little extra moisture to the recipe to get the right consistency in your batter, or cut the amount of flour by 5 teaspoons, approximately.
Unsweetened chocolate: or use pre-melted chocolate in pouches or 3 level tablespoons of cocoa + 1 Tablespoon shortening or oil=1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
Buttermilk: Place 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a 1cup measuring cup, than add milk to fill to the 1 cup line.  Stir and allow milk to sour, about 1-2 minute or more or use dry buttermilk (found in the baking isle)
9″x13″ pan: 3 round 8″ layer cake pans (square is a different size ? holds a different amount of batter).
Grease and flour pan: Line cake pan with parchment paper ? (sprayed is optional) ? and the cake comes out without sticking if you intend to remove the pan to a plate or for decorating before serving.  Turn cake upside down to remove paper before serving ? best when cake is still warm (not hot).
Additions: nuts, chocolate chips or coconut can be added for interest
Top with nuts and/or chips on one layer before baking to save putting on a frosting.
Spread preserves between baked layers and on top and sides instead of frosting.
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