The lack of gluten in this angel food cake makes it taste better than the wheat-based variety--it's missing that tiny bit of chew. The white rice flour, cornstarch, and just a little brown rice flour along with the egg whites give the cake a light, airy texture, resulting in a gluten-free cake that tastes simply heavenly.
3.9 ounces white rice flour (about 3/4 cup)
1.15 ounces brown rice flour (about 1/4 cup)
1.15 ounces cornstarch (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
12 large egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup quartered hulled strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flours and cornstarch into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, cornstarch, 3/4 cup sugar, and xanthan gum in a medium bowl; stir 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. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla; beat well. Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in.
Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched and small cracks form on top of cake. Invert pan (but don’t remove from pan); cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert cake onto a plate. Cut cake into 24 slices.
To prepare compote, combine berries, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook 8 minutes or until berries soften and juices thicken slightly. Cool 10 minutes. Spoon compote and whipped topping over cake.
If your angel food cake pan doesn't have feet to set on for cooling, invert the pan on the neck of a wine bottle.
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