Leavened with beaten egg whites rather than baking powder, an angel food cake sounds like a complicated cake to make. However, by carefully following the steps in our recipe and taking your time, you can create this perfect, light, fluffy summer dessert, Angel Food Cake.
Many people believe that angel food cake is complicated to make. They may wrongly think this because rather than using the chemical magic of baking soda and baking powder to rise, an angel food cake uses whipped egg whites to incorporate lots of air into the batter. Using beaten egg whites isn’t hard, but it does take a little time. The first few times that you make this cake, allow for plenty of time so that you can get the steps right. Baking this cake isn’t difficult, but you do need to pay attention to the details.
Angel Food Cake Recipe
- 10-Inch Tube Pan
- Measuring Cup
- Flour Sifter
- Electric Mixer
- Rubber Spatula
- 12 pcs Eggs
- 1 tbsp Water
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Have a clean ten-inch tube pan ready. Don’t grease this pan or spray it with cooking spray. Any kind of greasy film will keep the cake from rising properly.
- Separate your eggs, setting aside the yolks, and placing the egg whites in a measuring cup.
- You will need about 1 ½ cups of egg white.
- Use a flour sifter to sift together the flour, ¾ of a cup of sugar, and the salt.
- Sift them together about three times to ensure that the flour will be light and fluffy.
- Place the egg whites in the large mixer bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add the water, lemon juice, vanilla, and cream of tartar.
- Turn on the mixer to medium-high speed and beat it until the egg whites are about 5 times as large as they were when you started.
- Take the remaining ¾ cup of sugar and begin to add it to the mixer bowl full of whipped egg whites one tablespoon at a time.
- After you add the spoonful of sugar, let the mixer run for about 30 seconds before adding the next one. This will help keep the egg whites from collapsing while you fully dissolve the sugar.
- Once you’ve incorporated all of the sugar, remove the mixer bowl from the mixer.
- Take the flour mixture and sprinkle about ¼ cup of it over the top of the egg white mixture.
- Using a rubber spatula, slowly and gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites. Do not stir vigorously or beat these ingredients together.
- Repeat this action until you’ve incorporated all of the flour mixtures.
- Scrape the cake batter gently into the tube pan, evenly distributing and smoothing the top.
- Bake in the center of the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until a cake tester tests the cake as done.
- Remove the cake from the pan and turn it upside down to cool. If you don’t have a pan with feet, you can use a kitchen funnel.
- After about an hour and a half, turn the cake right side up and run a butter knife around the outer edge of the cake.
- Gently shake the cake out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
- Allow it to cool for another hour before serving.
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