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Three slices of angel food cake with fresh strawberries.

The Best Angel Food Cake Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: One 10 Inch Angel Food Cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Surely Angel Food Cake is too hard to make from scratch, right?  Wrong!  It is so easy to make that soft, sweet, spongy, classic cake!  Let me show you how plus let you in on a couple simple tips that make all the difference!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Egg Whites (this is about 12 large eggs) (room temp. *see note)
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust oven racks if necessary for the angel food cake to be right in the center of the oven.  
  2. Be sure that all kitchen equipment you will be using are completely free of any grease.  Even though already clean, I usually give mine and extra hand scrub to be sure there is not any grease as even the tiniest bit will ruin an angel food cake.
  3. Sift the flour and powdered sugar together 3 times.  Set aside.
  4. Pour the eggs whites, cream of tartar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt into a mixing bowl.
  5. Begin to beat at a high speed.
  6. Once the egg whites start to foam up add the sugar in a slow and steady stream with the beaters still running.
  7. Continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form.
  8. FOLD, not stir, the flour/powdered sugar into the egg whites a 1/4 cup at a time.  
  9. Once the previous 1/4 cup has been folded in halfway, add the next 1/4 cup.  Repeat until all the flour/powdered sugar has been added and is completely folded in.
  10. Gently spoon the batter into an UNGREASED 10 inch tube pan.  
  11. Run a sharp knife in a clockwise (or counter clockwise) circle around the tube pan to even out the batter and pop large air bubbles, but not deflate the batter.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees in the center of the oven for 40 minutes.  
  13. IMMEDIATELY, invert the hot angel food cake and set the tube pan upside down on a wire rack to cool after removing it from the oven.  
  14. Do not remove outside piece of the tube yet.  Allow the angel food cake to cool completely while upside down.
  15. Once cool, flip back over and run a sharp knife around the outside edge and inside tube.  Remove the outside piece of the pan if using a 2 piece tube pan and then remove the cake from the inside piece.  
  16. If using a 1 piece tube pan, turn the pan over at a slight angle and use a thin spatula to loosen a the bottom just a bit. The angel food cake should pop right out.
  17. Slice with a serrated knife and serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Notes

  • To quickly bring egg whites to room temperature, place the eggs in a bowl of hot tap water for 3 or 4 minutes before cracking them.  Dry the eggs and proceed in cracking the eggs and separating the yolks from the whites.
  • Wash everything you'll be using to make this cake well with a good dish soap.  Any grease anywhere will break the egg whites and ruin the cake.
  • FOLD, don't stir the flour/powdered sugar in.

Keywords: angel food cake, easter, dessert, classic angel food cake, easy angel food cake

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