We went to the farmers market this weekend and I bought a dozen farm eggs. Only to get home and realize I still had 3 cartons to use. I then went on a search for a recipe that would use a ton of eggs! The answer to this is angel food cake! Now I have to admit that angel food cake is my favorite cake of all. Plain, flavored, confetti, you name it. I served the cake (this time) with lemon curd whip cream and a berry compote.
This recipe is for the classic angel food cake, but I have a few ideas for kicking it up that I can’t wait to try:
- Use of raspberry powder and freeze dried raspberries.
- Add poppyseeds to make a poppyseed chiffon cake.
- Use culinary lavender and lemon zest.
This recipe was found on Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Angel Food Cake
- 1 3/4 cups berry / superfine sugar*
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cake flour** spoon & leveled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 large egg whites at room temperature***
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position and preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).
- Take 1 cup of the sugar and set aside.
- Add the 3/4 cup of sugar, cake flour, and salt to a food processor and pulse 5-10 times until sugar/flour/salt mixture is aerated and light.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip egg whites and cream of tartar together on medium-low until foamy, about 1 minute.
- Switch to medium-high and slowly add the 1 cup of sugar you set aside.
- Whip until soft peaks form, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract, then beat just until incorporated.
- In 3 additions, slowly sift the flour mixture into the egg white mixture using a fine mesh strainer, gently folding with a rubber spatula after each addition. It's important not to add the flour mixture all at once! Adding it all at once will cause the whites to deflate.
- Pour and spread batter into an UNGREASED 9 or 10 inch tube pan. Shimmy the pan on the counter to smooth down the surface.
- Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Rotating the pan halfway through baking. Remove from the oven, then cool the cake completely upside-down, about 3 hours. ****
- Once cooled, run a thin knife around the edges and gently tap the pan on the counter until the cake releases.