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January 30, 2013

How to turn out Angel Food Cake that will take you to heaven

By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times

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Cakes can be intimidating, especially the ever-fickle egg foam cake.

The most common egg foam cake, the Angel Food Cake is a versatile foundation whose simple elegance pairs well with any topping. From strawberries to whipped cream or powdered sugar, the Angel Food Cake bodes well for a variety of desserts.

Truly technique driven, the Angel Food Cake is prepared without the use of leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda. Instead, this cake features egg foam, or beaten egg whites, as its primary source of that signature light and airy texture.

Greg “Mr. Cake” Case guides us through this culinary technique with helpful hints and tips in his newest online recipe video for Angel Food Cake.

Perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dinner or to enjoy with the fresh fruits and berries of the summer, the Angel Food Cake unlocks a world of desserts and sweet treats for you to enjoy.

Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups of egg whites, separated

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven to 350ºF.

Warm eggs to room temperature by either letting them sit for 30 minutes, or 5 minutes in hot water.

Separate the eggs. Remove the yolk, and pour whites into the blender.

Sift flour and sugar 5 times to ensure airiness, and remove any lumps.

Beat the eggs in a mixer until the whisk leaves trails in the batter. When the batter sticks straight up to a point on the whisk, it is ready.

Add cream of tartar and combine.

Pour batter into a larger pan to hand mix.

Sift in thirds of your flour and sugar mixture, folding it in between, removing any lumps and air pockets.

Pour in Angel Food Cake pan, remove air bubbles, and level the top of the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool while inverted.

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Recipe courtesy of pastry chef Greg “Mr. Cake” Case, 2013.