Angel Food Cake

Enjoy this fluffy angel food cake - a traditional dessert.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

About 12 large eggs
1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
1 1/2
teaspoons cream of tartar
1
cup granulated sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1/4
teaspoon salt

  • 1 About 30 minutes before making the cake, place an egg separator over a small bowl. Crack each egg over the egg separator to separate the whites from the yolk. (save the yolks for another recipe.) Transfer egg whites to a 2-cup measuring cup until there are 1 1/2 cups of egg whites.
  • 2 Place the egg whites in a clean large bowl, and let stand at room temperature up to 30 minutes.*
  • 3 Move the oven rack to the lowest position; remove other oven rack. Heat the oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar and flour; set aside.
  • 4 Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until mixture looks foamy. On high speed, beat in the granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time; add the vanilla, almond extract and salt with the last addition of sugar. Continue beating until meringue is stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat.
  • 5 Sprinkle the powdered sugar-flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, over the meringue; to fold in, use a rubber spatula to cut down vertically through the batter, then slide the spatula across the bottom of the bowl and up the side just until sugar-flour mixture disappears. When all sugar-flour mixture has been folded in, spoon the batter into an ungreased 10x4-inch angel food (tube) cake pan. Using a metal spatula or knife, gently cut through the batter, spreading batter gently against side of pan and tube, to break large air pockets.
  • 6 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cracks in cake feel dry and top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately turn pan upside down onto a heatproof funnel or bottle. Let cake hang about 2 hours or until completely cool.
  • 7 Remove pan from funnel. Loosen the cake by running a knife or long metal spatula between the cake and side of pan. Place a serving plate upside down on pan; turn plate and pan over together and remove pan. (If pan has a removable bottom, remove side of pan, then carefully run a knife or long metal spatula between cake and pan bottom. Carefully remove bottom.) To cut cake, use a long serrated knife in a sawing motion, or use an electric knife.

Expert Tips

*Egg whites will have better volume when beaten at room temperature in a bowl that is clean and dry.

Divide batter evenly among 30 ungreased regular-size muffin cups (or line muffin cups with paper baking cups if desired). Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cracks in cupcakes feel dry and tops spring back when touched lightly. Remove from pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Immediately turn pan upside down onto a heatproof funnel or bottle. Let cake hang about 2 hours or until completely cool before removing from pan or it will collapse.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
105mg
105%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
32g
32%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.