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Classic Spiced Angel Food Cake

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 large eggs
  • 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

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Sift 1/4 cup flour mixture over egg white mixture; fold in. Repeat with remaining flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time.

  5. 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.