Taisan: Filipino Chiffon Cake Recipe

Taisan is a delicious dry cake from the Philippines generally enjoyed as an afternoon snack or sweet pick-me-up. It's not hard to find premade loaf-shaped taisan in groceries, supermarkets, bakeries all over the country. You can also buy slices of this famous chiffon cake in many places. But you don't have to travel too far to taste this delicious Filipino food. Our easy to make recipe will have you admiring the taste of this scrumptious chiffon cake in no time.

Filipino Chiffon Cake Recipe

The dish is usually made with eggs, sugar, oil, butter, milk, flour, and baking powser. The dry and wet mixtures are mixed separately. Egg whites are the essential component in making the fluffy texture.

Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar to help them solidify. Mix the egg whites with sugar and then carefully fold them with the batter.

The next step is to bake the mixture in an oven or steamer. The cake is delicious served warm with melted butter on top, a generous sprinkling of sugar, and grated cheese. Serve with hot milk, tea, or coffee to complete the afternoon merienda or snack time.

Chiffon Cake Filipino Recipe

Taisan Filipino Cake Recipe Origins

This tasty Filipino cake originated in the province of Pampanga and was popularized by Goldilocks, a famous bakeshop in the Philippines during the 70s and 80s. The word taisan means “whetstone” in Kapampangan or the Pampanga language, a reflection of how the dish is shaped.

Taisan Filipino Loaf Pan Cake With Cheese

Taisan closely resembles another typical snack called mamon, a small cake treat shaped using a cupcake mold. Variations of mamon include the rolled and butter-filled pianono. Both which have almost the same mix of batter. Taisan is a simple, no-frills, delicate dessert that is also super popular.

Taisan Recipe Filipino Loaf Cake
Yield: 6

Taisan Filipino Chiffon Cake: Sweet and Fluffy Afternoon Snack

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Taisan is a delicious chiffon cake made from whipped egg whites, egg yolks, butter, milk, and flour mixture. This popular dry cake is enjoyed as an afternoon snack. Learn how to make Taisan Filipino chiffon cake with our easy-to-follow recipe.



  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup evaporated Milk
  • ½ tablespoon water (room temperature)
  • ½ and 1/8 cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  • 2-3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup grated cheese


  1. In a large mixingbowl add 2 egg yolks and 1/8 cup of white sugar. Mix till eggs turn lighter in color. Step 2 Added Oil And Vanilla Extract
  2. Add in 1/8 cup cooking oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter, 1/8 cup evaporated milk, and ½ tablespoon room temperature water to the egg yolk mixture. Make sure that the batter is well blended. Step 2 Added Oil And Vanilla Extract
  3. Sift in ½ and 1/8 cup cake flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix till the batter turns smooth and set aside. Step 3 Cake Flour Baking Flour
  4. In another mixing bowl add in 3 egg whites and beat the egg whites until the mix turns bubbly. Once bubbles form on the egg whites mix, add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Step 4 Bubbly Egg White
  5. Beat the meringue mixture till there are soft peaks. Add 1/3 cup white sugar slowly while beating the meringue mixture. Step 5 Meringue Mixture
  6. Stop when you reach medium-stiff peaks. The meringue mixture should be stable and shiny from the cream of tartar and sugar. Step 6 Shiny Egg Yolk Meringue Mix
  7. Add the meringue mixture to the batter in 3 batches. Carefully fold by scraping the sides and passing through the middle. Repeating this procedure until there are no visible stripes of meringue left. Step 7 Add To Batter
  8. In a baking pan or loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper and generously cover all the sides with butter or vegetable oil. Step 8 Loaf Pan With Oil
  9. Pour batter into the pan. Tap the pan three times on the table carefully to remove air bubbles. Step 9 Batter In Pan
  10. Cover with foil to avoid burning the top of the loaf. Bake in a preheated oven at 335°F or 170° C for 30 to 45 minutes. The cake is ready if a toothpick poked in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Step 10 Cover Loaf Pan With Foil
  11. Place the cake pan on a baking rack to cool. The cake will deflate as it cools down. Step 11 Pan On Baking Rack
  12. Using a knife, slowly scrape the edges of the cake and flip the pan. Tap the back to help loosen the Taisan. Carefully remove the parchment paper. Step 12 Remove Loaf Pan And Set Aside
  13. Best served fresh from the oven brushed with butter or at room temperature with all the sweet and savory toppings like melted butter, sugar, and grated cheese. Step 13 Serve Fresh With Melted Butter


When making the meringues, make sure that the bowl is clean with no moisture or oils left behind.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 9g

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