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Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Classic Angel Food Cake

This master Angel Food Cake recipe is good as is, but it's also easy to modify to suit any cravings.

Cooking Light APRIL 2003

  • Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 12 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°.

To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar, stirring with a whisk.

Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla, juice, and almond extract. Sift 1/4 cup flour mixture over egg white mixture; fold in. Repeat with remaining flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time.

Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through the batter with a knife. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert the cake onto a plate.

Nutty: For nut lovers; fold 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted nuts--such as almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts--into the batter with the flour.

Chocolate glazed: Whisk together 3 tablespoons unsweeetened cocoa, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and about 3 tablespoons water or cold coffee. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Chocolate malt: Add 2 tablespoons malted milk powder and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture.

Citrus-glazed: Whisk together 2 tablespoons lime, lemon, orange juice and 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Ice cream: Cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers, then spread each layer with cup of softened ice cream or sorbet. Reassemble the cake, then freeze it until ready to serve.

Orange: Fold 2 tablespoons grated orange peel and 1 teaspoon orange extract into the batter.

Pink Peppermint: Add 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring to the batter and fold in 1/4 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candies.

Spiced: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice to the flour mixture.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 146
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 4.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.8g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 104mg
  • Calcium: 4mg
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