A Double-Chocolate Cake That's Also Light As Air

Chiffon cake was invented in 1927 by Henry Baker, a Hollywood insurance salesman who catered cakes for private parties on the side. His innovative recipe—using vegetable oil rather than butter or shortening—produced a tall, airy cake that was richer and less sweet than angel food and moister than sponge cake. He sold the recipe to General Mills in 1948. We have to hope he made a bundle.

Chiffon cake was proclaimed “the first new cake in 100 years” in Better Homes and Gardens. A...

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