Airy Angel Food Cake Recipe
Angel Food Cake done right is quite a treat and also easy on the waistline. It can be a tricky cake to master but if you adhere to a few tips, you’ll find success every time.
*Important Tips to Review Before Preparation*
- A 10″ 2-piece tube pan with feet is highly recommended for baking and cooling.
- Separated egg whites must stand at room temperature for an hour with absolutely no yolk in the whites.
- The egg whites must be whipped to soft peaks (do not overbeat).
- The flour/sugar mixture must be sifted twice.
- The cake must cool upside down in pan for at least an hour.
Prep: 1 hour and 15 minutes | Bake: 40-45 minutes | Yield: 12-16 servings
- 12 large egg whites
- 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Separate cold egg whites, individually in a small bowl, then transfer to a large bowl. Do not allow any yolk in the egg white. Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place oven rack in bottom position. Sift 1/2 cup of the sugar and all the cake flour together twice. Set aside.
- Add vanilla, almond extract, cream of tartar, and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
- On medium-high speed, gradually add 1 cup of sugar by gradually adding in about 1/4 cup at a time, beating until combined – do not overbeat. Sprinkle the double-sifted flour mixture, a third at a time, over the batter and fold gently after each addition until just combined. Fold no more than necessary.
- Spoon batter into an ungreased 10″ tube pan with feet and a removable bottom. Gently cut through batter with a butter knife to release air pockets. Smooth the top.
- Bake 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Cake will spring back when lightly touched with fingertip. Do not overbake. Cool upside down in pan on rack for 1-1/2 hours before proceeding.
- Turn cake right-side up and run a knife around the outer sides of cake to release and remove the cake from the outer section of the 2-piece pan. Next, run a knife around the tube and the bottom of the pan’s inner core to remove from cake. Place cake on serving plate – right-side up (pictured above) or upside down – according to your preference.
- Angel Food cake can be served plain, glazed, frosted, with fresh fruit or berries, or topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Adapted from Taste of Home Angel Food Cake Recipe
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