Angel Food Cake is a Slice of Heaven

October 10 is National Angel Food Cake Day, a richly deserved honor for a cake that contains no fat. That’s right — while other desserts are made with butter, egg yolks or cream, angel food cake includes no such ingredients. Of course, it does have sugar, but it’s still a lighter choice than many other sweets. Easy to prepare, you’ll enjoy baking this delicate, cloud-like cake for your angels!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour, measured after sifting once
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (if you prefer the flavor of almond, add 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon almond extract)

Directions

  1. Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sift flour and sugar together twice, set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, salt and extracts together until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in flour/sugar mixture.
  4. Spoon into ungreased 10” tube pan. Insert knife into batter to remove air pockets.
  5. Bake 35 minutes or until top appears dry and lightly browned.
  6. Invert pan and allow cake to cool in pan. Run knife around edges of pan to release cake.
  7. Serve slices with berries and a dollop of whipped cream, if you wish.

Tip: For a festive look during the holidays, slice cake in thirds and alternate layers: cake, lime sherbet, cake, raspberry sherbet, cake. Cover the entire cake with whipped cream, finish off the top with red and green sprinkles, and freeze until ready to serve!

– Judi Bauer