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Chiffon cake is best for shortcake

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Most people wouldn’t think of strawberry shortcake as a divisive dessert. But it is.

The debate centers on the base: biscuit or cake, and then it can delve into what kind of cake — angel food or pound, shortbread or sponge. A story I wrote last spring left out one cake that many consider the best pedestal for strawberries and whipped cream: chiffon cake.

Chiffon cake is one of the only cakes to have originated in America. Chapel Hill, N.C.,…

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