Thursday, June 19, 2008

Angel Food Cake

I made my first Angel Food Cake last week, from scratch!
I got a tube pan at a garage sale last summer for a quarter & I thought it was high time I fix an Angel Food Cake. I got out my old, trusty 1982 edition Betty Crocker Cookbook that I got for high school graduation from an aunt & uncle (in '84). It has a recipe for Angel Food Cake Deluxe on page 243.

The cake turned out great. Here it is after just being turned out of the tube pan:

And here it is topped with strawberries from our garden & whipped cream! YUM!
This cake did not last long!

Angel Food Cake Deluxe

1 C. cake flour
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. egg whites (about 12)
1 1/2 t. cream of tartar
1 C. granulated sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract

Heat oven to 375. Mix flour and powdered sugar & set aside. Beat egg whites & cream of tartar in large mixer bowl on medium speed until foamy. Beat in granulated sugar on high speed, 2 tablespoons at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Add salt, vanilla, and almond extract with the last addition of sugar. Do not underbeat.
Sprinkle flour-powdered sugar mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, over meringue, folding in just until flour-sugar mixture disappears. Push batter into ungreased tube pan, 10X4 inches. Cut gently through batter with metal spatula to remove large air bubbles.
Bake until cracks feel dry and tip springs back when touched lightly, 30-35 minutes. Invert pan on a funnel ; let hang until cake is cold. Remove from pan. Spead top of cake with icing if desired.

I had some strawberries in the frig that I had added 1/2 C. sugar to so it had a nice strawberry sauce. This cake was DELICIOUS with the strawberries! And really, it wasn't difficult at all. I am sure going to make this again soon! I have to tell you what my biggest problem was, & that was the weather. I was making this cake last Friday. Our 17 year old daughter was going to come home from church camp that evening & I thought it would be nice to have a homemade Angel Food cake to surprise her with. As I was folding in the flour/sugar mixture I noticed the sky looked pretty dark. I quickly got the cake into the oven & got on-line to check our radar. Sure enough a good sized storm was headed our way, & at that moment it was hitting the church camp.
So I prayed, then I put out a prayer request to my on-line friends, & then snapped this picture from our front porch. This was actually a different day than the storm picture I posted yesterday for Wordless Wednesday. This picture was taken Friday, June 13, & that picture (WW) was taken on Father's Day afternoon. We've had a bunch of storms lately!

I'm happy to say there was no damage. And our electricity stayed on so the Angel Food Cake got baked until done! LOL
And a few hours later we had our daughter back home & we were eating Angel Food Cake with strawberries!


Busymama Karen said...

Wow you made your own Angels Food Cake from scratch. I am so impressed! I would have bought the ones premade at the store. You have earned nothing but respect from me. Glad to hear everything was alright with the storms.

Monkey Giggles said...

Thank you for stopping by.

YUMMY Good. I too am impressed. I thought everyone just bought it.

Okay, I am going to go hind under a rock.

Jane said...

Hi Karen & Giggles. :)
It really was a lot easier than I thought it'd be! The texture was so smooth...I wish we still had some!